Free Webinar Highlights Kansas City’s $5 Billion Stormwater Management Initiative

The Sustainable City Network, in conjunction with Crescent Electric Supply Co., is offering a free webinar on Kansas City’s $5 billion stormwater management project, which incorporates green infrastructure and other sustainability initiatives. The webinar is on July 26, 2016 and runs from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time. From the 2016-07-20 announcement email: Sustainable […]

MOST Center Offers Free Training on Creating Stormwater Management Plans

A University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (EFC) press release (2016-03-21) announced the launch of the Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center. The MOST Center offers free online training and assistance in the development of stormwater management programs. From the press release: The [EFC], in partnership with the Low Impact Development Center, Inc., launches the [MOST] Center, […]

Maryland Court Upholds MS4 Stormwater Permits, Rejects Environmentalist Challenge

A Capital Gazette article (2016-03-12) reported the Maryland Court of Appeals has rejected arguments in a series of consolidated cases that the Phase 1 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) were not vague and contained sufficient information to meet federal requirements. The decision caps off a […]

Howard County Council Rejects Stormwater Fee Repeal

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-03-07) reported that the Howard County Council has rejected a proposal from Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Council Member Greg Fox to reduce the County’s stormwater remediation fee by half in FY 2017 and eliminate it in FY 2018. The article stated that the County annually collects $10 million from the […]

LA StormCatcher Project – A New Approach To Address Stormwater Runoff

An EfficientGov article (2016-03-02) highlighted an innovative pilot project dubbed “LA StormCatcher” undertaken last year by Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles to use “smart” rain cisterns to collect and release stormwater runoff. The cisterns would be monitored and controlled through the Internet and the collected water would be used to meet local water needs and recharge […]

MACo Resists Bills Allowing Municipalities to Charge Counties Stormwater Remediation Fees

MACo Policy Analyst Natasha Mehu testified in opposition to SB 719, Environment – Stormwater Remediation Fees – Municipalities, before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on March 1, 2016, and MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp testified in opposition to HB 1108, Environment – Municipal Stormwater Charges – Property Subject to Charges, before the House […]

Strong Opinions Offered On Proposed Howard County Stormwater Fee Repeal

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-01-20) reported on a well-attended Howard County Council hearing that considered a proposal by County Executive Allan Kittleman and Council Member Greg Fox to phase out the County’s stormwater remediation fee (also known as the “rain tax”). The public hearing was held on January 19.  The article noted that most public testimony came from supporters of the fee but […]

County Leaders Discuss Stormwater Restoration Project Permit Reform at #MACoCon

A panel of local and state officials discussed the ongoing efforts of MACo, counties, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to reform the permit process for stormwater restoration projects on December 10 at the 2015 MACo December Winter Conference. The name of the session was “Don’t Let Your […]

Don’t Let Your Project Go Down the Drain – Reforming Stormwater Restoration Permitting

Learn how MACo, counties, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are collaborating with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to address the State’s stormwater restoration project permitting challenges at the 2015 MACo December Winter Conference. As previously reported on Conduit Street, MDE has agreed to helpful permit reforms that will allow counties and other parties to implement restoration […]