Carroll Offers Free Workshop on Stormwater Pollution Prevention

The Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) is partnering with the Carroll County Water Resource Coordination Council to host a free public workshop on March 18, 2017. The event will be held from 10 AM – 12 PM in the Great Hall at Carroll Community College.  The workshop will provide homeowners with information on how … Continue reading Carroll Offers Free Workshop on Stormwater Pollution Prevention

MOST Center Offers Free Stormwater Training for Local Governments

      The University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center (EFC) has announced the availability of a new online course for local governments on managing their stormwater assets. The course is offered through the Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center. The MOST Center is designed to provide educational and technical assistance to local governments on the creation, financing, … Continue reading MOST Center Offers Free Stormwater Training for Local Governments

5 New Counties, 8 Municipalities Tapped For Phase II MS4 Stormwater Permits

MACo has learned that the new Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements will be published in the December 23rd edition of the Maryland Register. In addition to the permitting requirements, 5 new counties and 8 new municipalities will be proposed for Phase II status. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS4 … Continue reading 5 New Counties, 8 Municipalities Tapped For Phase II MS4 Stormwater Permits

Howard County Business Group Offers Stormwater Fee Recommendations

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-11-15) reported that a local Howard County business group has offered recommendations on how to address the County’s stormwater management requirements under its Phase 1 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, including restructuring the county’s stormwater remediation fee. Like other MS4 jurisdictions, Howard has struggled to meet the permit’s 20 percent … Continue reading Howard County Business Group Offers Stormwater Fee Recommendations

MDE Approves Counties’ Stormwater Financial Plans, Environmentalists Critical

A Bay Journal article (2016-10-18) reported that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has approved the financial assurance plans submitted by the 10 counties subject to a Phase 1 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for stormwater runoff. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SB 863 of 2015 repealed the requirement that the ten Phase … Continue reading MDE Approves Counties’ Stormwater Financial Plans, Environmentalists Critical

CBF Op-Ed Argues Stormwater Runoff Not Just An Urban Problem

A Howard County Time op-ed (2016-09-14) by Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Executive Director Alison Prost argued that Howard County and other areas of the state still have much work to do to address stormwater runoff. Prost based her argument on tests conducted by CBF and Hood College in Frederick. From the op-ed: People may think waste in … Continue reading CBF Op-Ed Argues Stormwater Runoff Not Just An Urban Problem

Healthy Waters Round Table Offers Stormwater BMP Workshop for Eastern Shore Counties

Eastern Shore county managers, planners, and field operators are invited to attend a Best Management Practice Inspection, Maintenance and Retrofit Workshop being offered by the Healthy Waters Round Table. The Workshop will explain best management practices (BMPs) that Eastern Shore local governments can use to effectively treat stormwater runoff, and how to implement and maintain those BMPs. For … Continue reading Healthy Waters Round Table Offers Stormwater BMP Workshop for Eastern Shore Counties

Ellicott City Flooding Prompts Discussion on Land Use & Stormwater Changes

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-08-13) reported that Howard County is grappling with the flooding and runoff issues facing Ellicott City – brought into stark relief by the recent devastating flooding of the City’s historic main street. The County is considering proposals that would limit or prohibit further development above the City and require stronger stormwater management requirements. The … Continue reading Ellicott City Flooding Prompts Discussion on Land Use & Stormwater Changes

Anne Arundel Announces Public-Private Partnership For Stormwater Projects

As reported by the Capital Gazette, County Executive Steve Schuh announced a plan to utilize private sector partnerships as part of the county’s effort to make inroads on watershed improvements required by the state and federal government. The county will set aside $5 million in this year’s budget to fund the best pitch for a … Continue reading Anne Arundel Announces Public-Private Partnership For Stormwater Projects

Counties Facing Changing Stormwater Paradigms

A Forester Magazines article (2016-07-26) article discussed the changing trends and paradigms in stormwater management practices.  The article’s author, Andrew Reese, revisits a 2001 article he wrote called “Stormwater Paradigms” and examines which of these paradigms remain true and which ones are supplanted by emerging trends. From the article: A “paradigm” is everything I believe to … Continue reading Counties Facing Changing Stormwater Paradigms