Worcester County Says State Environmental Requirements Too Costly

Jul 23, 2012

Worcester county officials say the state’s environmental plans to reduce water pollution are just too costly and could require more staffing than the County can provide.

State of Maryland wants more than 570 acres of impervious surfaces like streets or parking to be removed while installing hundreds of acres of filtering strips and forest buffers.

In addition, it would require upgrading nearly 2-thousand septic tanks.

Ed Tudor, director of the county’s Department of Development Review and Permitting, asked,  “Where are you going to find the people and the money to do it?”

The federal government has come up with a so-called pollution diet…that caps the total maximum daily load for pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus.

Maryland counties have been asked to report to the state the actions they are taking to prevent further pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.