MDE Finalizes Water Quality Nutrient Trading Regulations

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has finalized its water quality nutrient trading regulations after several years of work. The regulations took effect on July 16, 2018. MACo believes nutrient credit trading is a necessary tool in order to help both the State and local governments achieve their water quality goals under their Municipal … Continue reading MDE Finalizes Water Quality Nutrient Trading Regulations

Stormwater “Pioneer” Montgomery Under Consent Decree, Other Counties Struggle With MS4 Goals

A Bay Journal article (2018-08-29) reported on the challenge Montgomery and other counties face in retrofitting 20 percent of its impervious surface area with “green” stormwater treatment structures under its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. Despite being the first Maryland county to be assigned the 20 percent retrofit goal and committing significant resources towards it, … Continue reading Stormwater “Pioneer” Montgomery Under Consent Decree, Other Counties Struggle With MS4 Goals

3 Reasons to Attend the National Watershed and Stormwater Conference

WHAT The Center for Watershed Protection is hosting its annual National Watershed and Stormwater Conference. This event gives participants an opportunity to connect with some of the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality experts. WHERE Options for participating: Webcast Live Location – Baltimore Conference Agenda Live Location – Falls Church Conference Agenda WHEN  The event takes place … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Attend the National Watershed and Stormwater Conference

Bay Journal Op-Ed: Say “No” to Nutrient Credit Trading

In a Bay Journal op-ed (2018-01-31), Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) Director of Communications Tom Pelton questioned whether nutrient pollution trading was hurting the Chesapeake’s key waterways. Virginia and Pennsylvania have nutrient credit trading programs in place. Maryland is currently considering its own set of nutrient trading regulations. [Note: MACo supports the general concept of having a nutrient … Continue reading Bay Journal Op-Ed: Say “No” to Nutrient Credit Trading

MDE Withdraws, Resubmits Nutrient Trading Regulations

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) released draft regulations that would establish a water quality nutrient credit trading program on October 11, 2017. MACo’s concerns with the original draft version were limited and generally technical in nature. However, MDE recently announced the withdrawal of that version of the draft regulations and … Continue reading MDE Withdraws, Resubmits Nutrient Trading Regulations

MDE Releases Draft Nutrient Credit Trading Regulations

A Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) news release (2017-10-11) announced the release of draft regulations that would establish a water quality nutrient credit trading program. The draft regulations culminate a series of attempts that began in 2012 to establish a viable nutrient credit trading program. MACo believes a strong trading program can assist local governments … Continue reading MDE Releases Draft Nutrient Credit Trading Regulations

Lessons Learned on Nutrient Credit Trading at #MACoCon

Nutrient credit trading is coming and will provide counties with a useful but complicated tool to help them meet their water quality goals. Hear from Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) representatives on lessons learned from several county pilot programs at the 2016 MACo Winter Conference. Special Session: CBF – County Nutrient Trading Pilot Program Description The Chesapeake … Continue reading Lessons Learned on Nutrient Credit Trading at #MACoCon

Point Source Nutrient Credit Trading Getting Closer…

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee has been working on a draft practices manual that will cover how nutrient credit trading will work in Maryland. A subset of Advisory Committee members met on October 5 to specifically review Section II of the draft manual, which covers point source trading … Continue reading Point Source Nutrient Credit Trading Getting Closer…

MDE Talks BAT, Nutrient Trading & WIPs with MACo Legislative Committee

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs and Policy Horacio Tablada provided updates on the proposed best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic system repeal, nutrient credit trading, and watershed implementation plan (WIP) review to the MACo Legislative Committee at its 2016-09-21 meeting. BAT Septic System Tablada noted that repealing the … Continue reading MDE Talks BAT, Nutrient Trading & WIPs with MACo Legislative Committee

Where Are We on Nutrient Credit Trading & AFG?

INTRODUCTION The “Aligning for Growth” (AFG) policy (known as “Accounting for Growth” prior to the Governor Larry Hogan Administration) will determine how new development must mitigate or offset the water pollution it generates in order to remain in compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Nutrient credit trading will allow local governments to address their … Continue reading Where Are We on Nutrient Credit Trading & AFG?