Draft Plan Recommendations Part II
- Maintain healthy hydrologic systems that maintain minimum stream flows, control flooding, support neighborhood, community and countywide health, and protect and preserve environmentally sensitive features and living resources.
- Improve the quality of impaired water and protect healthy water in the county through short-term actions as well as a long-term commitment to effective stormwater management and water resources protection.
- Support state efforts to establish pollution limits (TMDLs) for nutrients, trash and sediment in streams and their tributaries.
- Establish strategies to manage pollution sources in the Patuxent and Potomac watersheds to remain within, or exceed, the limits established by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL).
- Maintain a sound stormwater management program that meets the intent of any and all environmental requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maryland.
- Champion Environmental Site Design (ESD) approaches to stormwater management through support for its implementation in new and redevelopment projects, as well as during retrofits of existing systems.
- Secure the sustained success of ESD facilities by establishing guidelines and standards for design, implementation, and maintenance of nonstructural and/or innovative stormwater management practices and technologies to manage non-point source run-off.
- Effectively reduce trash and waste that can impede stormwater flow and eventually migrate to rivers and streams.
- Provide adequate funding, technical assistance, and enforcement to ensure the agricultural community implements nutrient management plans on farmland.
- Reduce pollutants associated with road maintenance from herbicides, fertilizers, pesticides, deicing, and associated maintenance.
Legislation, Funding, Permitting & Enforcement
- Revise land use and zoning principles, standards and guidelines to champion compact growth patterns outside of environmentally sensitive and valuable resource land areas and within transit serviceable centers and corridors.
- Adopt policies that will guide both development and conservation within watersheds to improve or maintain water resources.
- Find the appropriate balance between meaningful regulation and permanent protection.
- Identify existing legislation, regulation, and code standards that create barriers to effective and innovative implementation of water quality protection goals.
- Seek and leverage federal, state, and local funding to acquire or permanently protect sensitive and ecologically valuable lands through easements.
- Improve the permit review and oversight procedures for wastewater discharge, NPDES permits, and well water withdraws to achieve point source pollution control and support conservation management of aquifers.
- Aggressively enforce laws regarding erosion control, critical area encroachment, wetland and source water protection, stormwater management, and woodland conservation.
- Optimize conservation of natural features, including drainage patterns, soils, and vegetation during development.