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

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

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, … Continue reading MOST Center Offers Free Training on Creating Stormwater Management Plans

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 … Continue reading Maryland Court Upholds MS4 Stormwater Permits, Rejects Environmentalist Challenge

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 … Continue reading Howard County Council Rejects Stormwater Fee Repeal

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 … Continue reading LA StormCatcher Project – A New Approach To Address Stormwater Runoff

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 … Continue reading MACo Resists Bills Allowing Municipalities to Charge Counties Stormwater Remediation Fees

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 … Continue reading Strong Opinions Offered On Proposed Howard County Stormwater Fee Repeal