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Watershed Restoration and Protection Act of 2013

Publish Date: 01/17/2013

County Executive Leopold Introduces Watershed Restoration and Protection Act of 2013

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Projects will revive local streams and waterways

Annapolis (January 17, 2013) - County Executive John R. Leopold today introduced the Watershed Restoration and Protection Act to the County Council, a landmark piece of legislation that will improve the Chesapeake Bay.

“Anne Arundel County has been a leader on this issue because our citizens recognize what our Chesapeake Bay means for commerce, recreation and health,” County Executive Leopold said. “This legislation will allow us to expand on the work we have already done to turn barren gullies into cleansing habitats. It also establishes a reasonable charge that provides the maximum value for taxpayers.”

In 2012, the State of Maryland directed counties to establish a fund to pay for stormwater management infrastructure improvements necessary to comply with Federal and State clean water requirements. County Executive Leopold convened a committee led by Councilmen Chris Trumbauer and Dick Ladd that analyzed the requirements of the State legislation and reached a consensus on a responsible fee structure to comply with State law.

The proposal will generate an estimated $26.5 million in Fiscal Year 2014. The County will coordinate with the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce to help ensure the maximum participation by local contractors in the capital program.

The legislation establishes a three-tier payment structure paid annually:
•    $34 for townhouses and condominiums (R10, R15, R22)
•    $85 for single family homes (R2 and R5 districts)
•    $170 for rural agricultural (RA, RLD, R1)

The legislation includes several exemptions:
•    No fee is paid on unimproved property
•    The fee can be waived for substantial financial hardship
•    Credits are given for stormwater management systems



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