Baltimore Releases Plan for Stormwater Management Revenues

Much has been said about Maryland’s Stormwater Management Fee, but interested parties have now gotten their first look at how the revenues from this fee will be implemented, at least in Baltimore. The city’s Department of Public Works recently released an 81-page Watershed Implementation Plan which details 95 projects that are scheduled to be implemented between 2015 and 2019 in locations throughout the city.

The projects are designed to reduce stormwater runoff, which destroys streams and other tributaries and carries sediment and chemicals such as phosphorus and nitrogen into the bay, where they contribute to the deteriorating health of this body of water. Runoff occurs in areas where stormwater is not able to sink into the ground and become groundwater, instead collecting in large volumes on impermeable surfaces and picking up sediment and debris that it carries into the water system.

The report lists 95 projects which in total account for 1,191 impervious acres in the city. The city’s goal is to account for 4,041 acres of impervious hard surfaces. The 2,766 acres not accounted for by these 95 projects will be accounted for by “water-qaulity improvement programs such as street sweeping, cleaning up the hardbor’s inlets, and detecting and eliminating illicit discharges to the stormwater system, and another 279 acres via partnerships for privately developed stormwater improvements,” according to City Paper. “In all, these efforts are expected to reduce the water-pollution load from the city by keeping 40,000 pounds of nitrogen, 15,000 pounds of phosphorus, and 2,400 tons of sediments from reaching the Bay between now and 2019.”

The stormwater fee raised $23,390,580 between Sept. 15, 2013. The projects, scheduled for 2015-2019, are estimated to cost $77,741,000.

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