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

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