- First enacted in 2001 based on stakeholder group recommendations; effective in 2002.
- Includes residential and non-residential properties, based on amount of impervious area.
- Amended by the Council in 2013.
- Each tax year, the County determines the Rate of the “Equivalent Residential Unit.”
- This year’s rate is the same as for 2014: $88.40.
Montgomery’s Water Quality Protection Charge and Fund: Crucial to All Who Need Clean Water
Do you drive on roads that are free from major flooding problems even during heavy rains? Do you rely on having clean water when you turn on the tap? Do you support the restoration of local streams with constructed wetlands, rain gardens, and other solutions, so that they are not wiped out by heavy stormwater gushers? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, then you benefit from the Water Quality Protection Fund. Did you know it’s in danger of being reduced in scope and thus weakened in its ability to fund needed water infrastructure? Read below to learn more! Since 2002, Montgomery County has had a local stormwater fee and fund. It’s called the Water Quality Protection Fund, which is funded through the Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC). The Water Quality Protection Fund finances the construction and maintenance of water infrastructure projects. These include Green Streets, Stream Restorations, and Stormwater Pond Retrofits. For a video, and photos, of the beautiful and functional Sligo Park Hills Green Streets project, see also: http://www.mymcmedia.org/sligo-hills-stormwater-project-video/ and https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152645290851323.1073741856.342788391322&type=1 As we’ve learned from Clif Grandy, a resident of Fenwick Creek watershed and a certified Watershed Steward, Fenwick suffers from high influxes of polluted stormwater runoff that cause massive erosion and scouring of the creek’s channel. It’s only through a dedicated stormwater fee and fund that these problems are able to be addressed and resolved with stormwater infrastructure projects to capture and reduce runoff. Montgomery was an early adopter of dedicated stormwater funding, and other jurisdictions have initiated their own stormwater fees inspired by Montgomery’s model. A few facts about Montgomery County’s Water Quality Protection :
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