Draft Plan Recommendations Part II


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Support state efforts to establish pollution limits (TMDLs) for nutrients, trash and sediment in streams and their tributaries.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Effectively reduce trash and waste that can impede stormwater flow and eventually migrate to rivers and streams.
  9. Provide adequate funding, technical assistance, and enforcement to ensure the agricultural community implements nutrient management plans on farmland.
  10. Reduce pollutants associated with road maintenance from herbicides, fertilizers, pesticides, deicing, and associated maintenance.

Legislation, Funding, Permitting & Enforcement

  1. 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.
  2. Adopt policies that will guide both development and conservation within watersheds to improve or maintain water resources.
  3. Find the appropriate balance between meaningful regulation and permanent protection.
  4. Identify existing legislation, regulation, and code standards that create barriers to effective and innovative implementation of water quality protection goals.
  5. Seek and leverage federal, state, and local funding to acquire or permanently protect sensitive and ecologically valuable lands through easements.
  6. 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.
  7. Aggressively enforce laws regarding erosion control, critical area encroachment, wetland and source water protection, stormwater management, and woodland conservation.
  8. Optimize conservation of natural features, including drainage patterns, soils, and vegetation during development.