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Watershed Protection & Restoration Fee

Property owners are encouraged to review their tax accounts records to ensure that the mailing address for their tax account is correct, and has been updated with MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF ASSESSMENTS & TAXATION (SDAT), as needed.
Addresses from the SDAT are used for WPRF billing. Correct mailing addresses with the SDAT will make tax bills go to the right address & ensure on-time bill payment. Address change form can be found here. Please note that Anne Arundel County cannot change the address on behalf of the property owner.

Everyone lives within a few miles of one of the countless streams, creeks and rivers that can be a direct pipeline from your home to the Bay.  In rain events, pollutants such as fertilizers, pet waste, motor oil, soapy water from car washing and septic tank overflow get washed into a nearby tributaries and eventually the Bay.  Stormwater runoff is the fastest-growing source of water pollution in Maryland.
In 2015, the State Legislature passed a law allowing Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions to assess property owners a stormwater remediation fee to provide a dedicated source of revenue for the operating, maintenance and capital improvement expense of stormwater management programs regulated and required by the State and Federal governments. The Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee is identified as a separate line item on your real property tax bill.  
Please explore the links along the right hand side for more information about fee assessments and the overall program.  
Questions about the WPRF may also be directed to (410) 222-7536. Inquiries and questions can also be submitted via email.