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8:22 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Frederick County: Too Little Money for Stormwater Management

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers
Credit mde.state.us

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers is taking Frederick County to task for setting a token fee of 1 cent per residential or business property to help fight storm-water pollution.

The Frederick News-Post reported Monday that Summers told the county in a letter the fee isn't enough to cover cleanup efforts required by a state-enforced permit.

The fee would raise $487 annually. A draft of the county's next storm-water permit lists expenditures averaging $22 million annually over for the next five years.

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11:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Hagerstown Begs Off Stormwater Fees

Credit Don Rush

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The city of Hagerstown will not charge property owners a fee to help pay for a state-mandated stormwater remediation effort, but it is unclear how the city will contribute to the effort.

The Herald-Mail reports that members of the city council on Tuesday quickly shot down city employees' proposal to generate revenue by charging a stormwater fee to residential and nonresidential city properties. Mayor David Gysberts was the lone voice supporting a fee. 

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8:59 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Proposed Storm Water Utility for Salisbury

Credit Don Rush

A new study calls creating a utility to raise more than $25 million over a ten year period to pay for maintaining and upgrading the stormwater drainage system in Salisbury.

The city council is set to hear a presentation by University of Maryland researchers.

Instead of property owners footing the bill the proposal would provide for a dedicated funding source to ensure that badly needed projects no longer experience delays in getting financing.

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10:07 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Maryland Seeking Proposals to Restore Streams

Credit dnr.state.md.gov

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State officials say they are seeking proposals for Maryland's Stream Restoration Challenge.

The program started last summer seeks to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015. The buffers help keep stormwater runoff and sediment from entering waterways and eventually the Chesapeake Bay, where they can cause oxygen-robbing algae blooms and harm plant life and other bay species.

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8:37 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Berlin Town Council Votes for Stormwater Utility Fee

The Berlin Town Council has voted unanimously to begin billing residents and businesses later this year for the establishment of a stormwater utility.

That decision comes in the face of a standing-room only crowd this past Monday by local citizens who sharply criticized the plan.

Under attack was a University of Maryland report that proposed a stormwater utility with an implementation fee as the best way to raise the $8.3 million needed to fix the town’s flooding problems.

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