On August 25th, ANS along with 38 other organizations and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, submitted a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) containing recommendations for how success in the next round of stormwater permits for large counties (“Phase I MS4 permits” under the Clean Water Act) should be measured. We recommend a new metric that will ensure successful restoration of both the Chesapeake Bay and local streams throughout Maryland’s populated counties. The new metric rests upon several important principles: that it should prioritize durable green infrastructure solutions, reduce stormwater volume, reduce stormwater as close to its initial source as possible (the “treatment-train” approach), incentivize innovation, and provide a firm regulatory structural mechanism while allowing counties the versatility to meet their local needs. We are hopeful that MDE will adopt our recommendations in the process of developing new 5-year stormwater permits for the major MS4 jurisdictions over the next two years.
Click here to read the letter in full: CCWC MS4 Metrics Letter – Aug 25, 2017
ANS Comments to Maryland Department of the Environment on Next Round of County Stormwater Permits
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