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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 2012, the State Legislature passed a law mandating that Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions 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. 

How to Pay?

The Watershed Protection & Restoration Fee is a line item on your annual property tax bill.

Pay Your Bill Online

Locations for Paying your Bill in Person


How to Appeal?

The Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee (WPRF) Appeal Program is intended for property owners who feel that they have been billed in error. Property owners that feel their bill was assessed or calculated incorrectly may appeal their bill to the Department of Public Works.  Administrative appeals will be based on the following criteria:
  • Incorrect Zoning Classification of Real Property
  • Errors in Impervious Area Calculation for Non-Residential Property
  • Mathematical Errors in Calculation 
  • Real Property is Not Subject to the Charge
  • Property Owner is Exempt From the Charge
  • Errors in the Identification of the Property Owner

More Information & Forms

For questions about the WPRF Appeal Program contact us at 410-222-7536.

Credit Program

Eligible property owners in Anne Arundel County have the opportunity to reduce their Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee (WPRF) assessments by up to 50% for proactive and sustainable uses of stormwater runoff controls. The WPRF Credit Program Policy and Guidance document for Anne Arundel County was approved by the Maryland Department of Environment and provides the Department of Public Works the framework and procedures needed to administer the program.

More Information & Forms

For questions about the WPRF Credit Program contact us at 410-222-7536.