Report Finds Industrial Stormwater Runoff a Serious Problem in Maryland

A Bay Journal article (2017-11-16) reported that stormwater runoff from industrial facilities is a threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay, local waterways, and nearby communities. The finding comes from a recently released report compiled by the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP).  The report also criticized how the Maryland Department of … Continue reading Report Finds Industrial Stormwater Runoff a Serious Problem in Maryland

MOST Center Offers Free Local Stormwater Courses & Resources

  The Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center has announced a new course on urban stormwater best management practices (BMPs) for the Chesapeake Bay, a new “Case Stories From the Chesapeake” resource, and two new video series on public-private partnerships and innovative local stormwater projects. The MOST Center was established in 2015 and provides virtual courses and resources on local stormwater … Continue reading MOST Center Offers Free Local Stormwater Courses & Resources

Register For MAFSM 13th Annual Conference On Flooding & Stormwater

The Maryland Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers (MAFSM) is holding its 13th Annual Conference on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. From MAFSM’s conference webpage: MAFSM draws attendees from local, state, and federal government as well as the private sector from throughout Maryland, attracting over 150 engineers, planners, … Continue reading Register For MAFSM 13th Annual Conference On Flooding & Stormwater

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Pilot Program Provides Training to Baltimore City Job-Seekers

      In a recent press release (2017-05-18) the Center for Watershed Protection announced the start of a new Clean Water Training Certificate Program that will provide qualifying job-seeking individuals with green stormwater infrastructure installation, maintenance, and inspection skills. The initial pilot for the Certificate Program, which runs from May 19 through June 16, will … Continue reading Green Stormwater Infrastructure Pilot Program Provides Training to Baltimore City Job-Seekers

MACo Opposes Municipal Stormwater Fee Bill But Working on Potential Solution

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp testified in opposition to legislation (HB 656/SB 472) that would mandatorily subject county properties to municipal stormwater charges before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on February 14, 2017, and the House Environment and Transportation Committee on February 15. However, Knapp stressed in his oral testimony that MACo and … Continue reading MACo Opposes Municipal Stormwater Fee Bill But Working on Potential Solution

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