From Friends of Harford:
Stormwater management is in the news as Governor-elect Hogan readies his plan to remove the “rain tax” and new county executive Glassman has sent a bill to the county council to repeal Harford’s “rain tax”. It seems we will pay for the stormwater management program out of the general budget. Regardless of the politics, the bottom line still remains the same: we are on the hook to EPA to reduce stormwater runoff from our existing infrastructure.
We found several articles of interest that we will pass on to our readers.
Here are two articles showing that “up-stream” neighbor on the Susquehanna River, Lancaster, PA, is working to reduce pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.
– What’s the Problem? Each year, property owners in the City of Lancaster are responsible for approximately 750 million gallons of polluted water flowing into the Conestoga River and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay. Read more….
– Stormwater Management Fee. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforces strict regulations on polluted stormwater. The City faces potential fines of up to $37,500 per day if we cannot show progress towards eliminating at least 750 million gallons of polluted water discharged into the Conestoga River. To recover the costs of services the City is mandated to provide,the City has adopted a stormwater management fee—an equitable, fair and low-cost solution. Revenue raised through the fee would be specifically dedicated to important infrastructure repairs and improvements that will not only help avoid Federal fines, but also make Lancaster a healthier and greener place to live. Read more….
Greater Fallston Association informed their members of Tree Planting Along Route 152-Fallston. Over the past few weeks, the State Highway Administration (SHA) has planted trees in the state owned Right of Way, (ROW) along Mountain Road in Fallston. The ROW is fairly deep and the goal is to help manage stormwater runoff that would negatively impact the Chesapeake Bay. In technical terms, tree planting is used to manage the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of sediment and nutrients that eventually pollute the Bay.
For more information about the project, what types of trees are being planted, how the sites are selected and how the sites will be managed download this PDF document.
Finally, on a wider note, a Maryland Department of Planning press release, Maryland Department of Planning to Run National Clearinghouse on Smart Growth — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Taps Department to Lead Information Dissemination
BALTIMORE, MD (December 5, 2014) -In a nation with ever-changing demographics and economic shifts, the challenges of planning for growth and development continue to require a comprehensive approach. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which funds a national smart growth website and network, this month awarded a grant to host and coordinate duties to the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP).
MDP staff, who applied for the grant last spring, assumed the role of hosting the national Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse and helping staff the Smart Growth Network immediately.
The comprehensive website provides a national repository of educational resources, funding opportunities, news and upcoming events to help state and local decision-makers better perform their jobs. MDP was chosen for its track record of developing and advancing smart growth and sustainable community planning in Maryland.
MDP staff will go beyond maintaining the Clearinghouse site to evaluate how to improve web functions and interactivity,extend outreach and marketing to new user groups and emphasize the quality of the user experience. This proposal seeks to build the functionality and overall success of the SGIC and Smart Growth Network (SGN) through a variety of strategies and channels.
The network serves as a unifying and information-sharing resource for professional organizations, historic preservation advocates, developers, real estate interests and government representatives. EPA chose MDP after a national call for proposals for its wealth of experience in communications and outreach.