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Citizens, organizations speak up for Watershed Protection

posted Jun 15, 2016, 9:47 AM by   [ updated Jun 15, 2016, 9:51 AM ]
A news report about a public hearing on Charles County's Financial Assurance Plan. The plan is intended to ensure funds are available to carry out restoration projects required by the county's stormwater permit. These projects are outlined in extensive Restoration Plan.

This is the 1st time that the Maryland-issued MS4 permit and subsequent legislation required the county to produce a Restoration Plan and Financial Assurance Plan.

These plans are an eye-opener. The plans essentially say that the impervious surface built in the past without stormwater controls overwhelms the ability to retrofit 20% of the surfaces within the five-year permit cycle.

And the Restoration Plan also is unable to see a way to reduce nitrogen pollution to the level "required" in the pollution diet for Mattawoman Creek from a year-2000 baseline. 

Yet the Restoration Plan projects that new growth since 2000--even with modern stormwater controls--swamps the pollution that was present then. It is clear that the comprehensive land-use plan must stop digging the hole deeper.

Photo: an impervious-surface retrofitting project in Bryans Road.