ANS Comments to Maryland Department of the Environment on Next Round of County Stormwater Permits

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

About Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava is the ANS Director of Conservation, where she leads our MD & DC policy, advocacy, and conservation outreach work, supervises our citizen science programs and VA advocacy work, and supports Woodend restoration as a demonstration landscape for the region.

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