Every woodland property counts, and the cumulative decisions taken by the150,000 other private landowners will determine the future productivity, health, and biodiversity of Maryland’s forests in the face of a changing climate.
Ecosystem services are often poorly understood and far too sophisticated for us to reproduce even with the most advanced technology. We have tried to reproduce some of these services, such as building water and sewage treatment facilities, but in general these natural services cannot be replaced by technology.
The objective of this document is to provide an overview of the most relevant urban stormwater management and watershed restoration issues, common mitigating practices, and regulations relevant to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Land use and landscaping practices can drastically change how water flows on the landscape and ultimately impacts the health of our streams, rivers, and bays.