Watershed Resources

Green roofs help slow the flow of stormwater before it gets to the storm drain.

Green roofs help to slow the flow of stormwater before it reaches the storm drain.

Understanding Watershed Restoration and Stormwater Protection Fees

In 2012, the State of Maryland passed the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (HB-987), which applies to the nine largest counties in Maryland (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s) and Baltimore City that are federally required to treat stormwater runoff. The purpose of the fee is to manage pollution carried by stormwater into local waterways. The collected fees are placed in a dedicated fund and used to finance projects that treat polluted stormwater. The fee structure is established independently by each county/city and differs across the State. For more information about the stormwater remediation fees for your county:

Stormwater Rebate and Reimbursement Programs (Baltimore City and County, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, City of Rockville, City of Gaithersburg)

Several jurisdictions and organizations offer rebate and reimbursement programs for stormwater remediation practices on private properties. To learn about the specifications for stormwater rebate and reimbursement programs:

Adoption of Household Stormwater Best Management Practices Report

This report summarizes the findings of a household survey conducted by the University of Maryland (UMD) regarding the adoption of stormwater best management practices (BMPs), including rain gardens, rain barrels, low fertilizer lawn care, and conservation landscaping.

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