Sun Editorial on BAT Septic Repeal: What Will Local Governments Whine About Next?

A Baltimore Sun editorial (2016-08-23) criticized Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan’s recent decision to propose regulations repealing the mandatory use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Areas. The editorial questioned whether the repeal: (1) would damage the environment; and (2) was fair to non-septic system homeowners. … Continue reading Sun Editorial on BAT Septic Repeal: What Will Local Governments Whine About Next?

Governor Announces BAT Septic Repeal, Criticizes Transportation Scorecard at #MACoCon

Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan, Jr. announced the repeal of regulations requiring the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) for septic systems, criticized the recently passed transportation scorecard legislation, and discussed other priorities that he intends to the focus on during the upcoming 2017 Session at the close of the 2016 MACo Summer Conference on August 20. A packed … Continue reading Governor Announces BAT Septic Repeal, Criticizes Transportation Scorecard at #MACoCon

MACo Raises Delegation and Funding Diversion Issues on BAT Septic System Bill

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson requested amendments to legislation (HB 90) that would expand the use of the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) to assist low income homeowners with operation and maintenance contracts for septic systems using best available technology for nitrogen removal (BAT). While supportive of the basic concept, MACo is concerned about the imposition of … Continue reading MACo Raises Delegation and Funding Diversion Issues on BAT Septic System Bill

Planning Secretary Requests Charles County to Reconsider Septic Tier Map

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Charles County recently approved a septic tier map different from that recommended by a work group assembled for the task.  The approved plan includes half of an  18,000-acre deferred development district in the Mattawoman Creek watershed in a tier allowing future growth on septic systems.  A March 27 SoMdNews.com article reported … Continue reading Planning Secretary Requests Charles County to Reconsider Septic Tier Map

Charles County Approves Septic Tier Map

As previously reported by Conduit Street, Charles County has formed a stakeholders work group make recommendations regarding the County’s comprehensive plan and propose a septic tier map.  A March 11 SoMdNews.com article reported that the County commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the septic map proposed by the work group and instead adopted an alternate proposal that would classify half … Continue reading Charles County Approves Septic Tier Map

Charles County Workgroup Grapples With Septic Tier Map, TDR Reform

A February 21 SoMdNews.com article provided an update on the ongoing meetings of Charles County workgroup tasked with creating a new septic tier map and comprehensive plan map.  Currently the workgroup is focused on septic tiers and creating a workable transfer of development rights (TDR) program.  The article indicated that the workgroup had much discussion over how to handle development that … Continue reading Charles County Workgroup Grapples With Septic Tier Map, TDR Reform

House Committee Hears MACo Initiative Legislation on Septic System Hookups

MACo and county representatives testified with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on legislation (HB 11) that would allow monies from the septic system account of the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) to be used to connect failing septic systems to wastewater treatment plants even if the systems were located outside of a priority funding area.  Before the monies would … Continue reading House Committee Hears MACo Initiative Legislation on Septic System Hookups

Charles County Creates Workgroup to Develop Comprehensive Plan & Septic Tiers

A January 7 SoMdNews.com article reported the Charles County Commissioners voted 3-2 to create a six member workgroup that will make recommendations on the County’s proposed comprehensive plan update and create a septic tier map for the County.  As previously reported by Conduit Street, the County’s plan update has been controversial, provoking strong reactions from both proponents and … Continue reading Charles County Creates Workgroup to Develop Comprehensive Plan & Septic Tiers

Chesapeake Bay Lecture Series Discusses Septic System Pollution

A November 20 Easton Star Democrat article reported on the third installment of a four-part lecture series titled “Living and Working by the Bay.”  The lecture series is hosted by the Talbot County Free Library and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  The third installment focused on septic system pollution going into the Chesapeake Bay and how to … Continue reading Chesapeake Bay Lecture Series Discusses Septic System Pollution

MDP Creates Online Septics Law Training Course

In a November 12 press release the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) announced that it was launching a new online training course for local planning commissioners regarding the implementation of the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (the septic system legislation).  From the press release:  The training covers the basics of four different growth tiers, which … Continue reading MDP Creates Online Septics Law Training Course