As part of an integrated planning framework, Anne Arundel County sees MAR as a potential long-term benefit to reduce nutrient discharges to the Chesapeake Bay while also strengthening groundwater resiliency. Anne Arundel County has completed the Concept Development phase, which included the following:
- Completing a feasibility study indicating MAR is appropriate in the aquifers of Anne Arundel County
- Developing a draft Integrated Plan for Nutrient Management and Water Resiliency
- Completing initial water quality sampling and advanced water treatment evaluations
- Developing concepts for well and treatment testing
Concept Validation has now started and in this phase, the County will complete a rigorous applied research program at the Patuxent Water Reclamation Facility to validate previous studies and concepts. As the program continues through validation, regulatory approval and potential implementation, there will be multiple reviews by regulators, industry experts and the public to confirm the County should continue to the next steps.
The County is also working with an Independent Scientific Advisory Panel to review the overall concept and the proposed testing and pilot treatment plans.
Learn more about the panel here