Advancing Stormwater Resiliency in Maryland

Planning in Progress

What is stormwater resiliency and why do we need to address it? 

Figure 1 – Photo of urban flooding courtesy of Town of North Beach.

Urban flooding is a growing issue in Maryland.  The increasing number of extreme rainfall events that produce intense precipitation will continue to lead to more urban flooding events unless steps are taken to mitigate their impacts. 

The Maryland General Assembly recognized the need to address urban flooding with the passing of Senate Bill 227 (2021 session). The Bill tasks the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) with developing plans to evaluate current flooding risks and update regulations to improve urban stormwater flood management. In 2021, MDE released a report titled “Advancing Stormwater Resiliency in Maryland” (A-StoRM) that provides a roadmap towards modernizing stormwater management in Maryland. 

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New! Draft 2022 Proposed Water Resources Element Guidance is Now Available

Planning in Progress

by Jason Dubow, Manager, Resource Conservation and Management, Matthew Rowe, Assistant Director, Water and Science Administration, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Figure 1 – Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

The Water Resources Element (WRE) is required for local comprehensive plans in Maryland, as laid out in HB 1141 (2006). The WRE is designed to ensure that local plans for growth and development can be supported, given the limitations of local water resources, as well as the constraints of local water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure.

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Maryland Department of the Environment Accepting Applications for Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Installations

From Our Partners

Using funds from the Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will accept applications for proposals on charging infrastructure until April 15, 2022.

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Department of the Environment Acts to Advance Clean and Renewable Energy at Redevelopment Sites 

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Public comment welcomed on proposed regulation to waive cleanup program fees for sites slated for green energy projects; proposal stems from governor’s task force recommendation and legislation 

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is encouraging the development of clean and renewable energy projects on abandoned or under-utilized waste sites in need of environmental cleanup. 

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Registration Now Open for Workshop: Brownfield Development & Your Community!

November 17 Webinar: How to Fund and Incentivize Brownfield Projects

Planning in Progress

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Sylvia Mosser, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner

In the April edition of Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) announced the launch of a new website for the Brownfield Redevelopment and Assistance program; developed by Planning in conjunction with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). This occasion also marked the availability of training, along with an array of other services, to local jurisdictions interested in redeveloping brownfields.

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