Measuring Maryland's Progress
Natural resources and environment data dashboards provide a
summary of the State’s progress toward its land conservation and Chesapeake Bay
restoration goals. Both of the topics have been in the news in recent years.
Of particular interest in recent months has been the implementation of Chapter
151 of 2012, which required the 10 local jurisdictions subject to a Phase I
municipal separate storm sewer systems permit to establish a stormwater fee and
local watershed protection and restoration fund to help defray costs associated
with stormwater remediation. According to Maryland’s Phase II Watershed
Implementation Plan (WIP), which is the State’s roadmap for achieving the
Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction goals set by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, stormwater is one of the State’s
major sources of pollution. Stormwater management, and other issues related to
bay restoration, will likely be debated during the 2014 legislative session.
In addition to providing an overview of the health of the
Chesapeake Bay, the dashboards provide basic data about the acres of land
conserved in the State and State spending on land conservation. The dashboards
also highlight some of the State’s strategies toward achieving bay TMDL compliance.
This page revised November