Environmental Protection and Sustainability Overview
County Office Building
111 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Room 319
Towson, Maryland 21204
Find directions to the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS).
Vincent J. Gardina, Director
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Development Coordination is responsible for the coordination and distribution of plans and permits related to land development, building, grading, stormwater management, use and occupancy, zoning, and razing.
Environmental Impact Review
Environmental Impact Review oversees and enforces development plans and building permits for conformance to State mandated Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and Forest Conservation Laws and the County Law for the Protection of Water Quality, Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains.
Groundwater Management oversees a variety of regulatory programs related to managing and protecting our ground water resources including the permitting of private water wells, onsite sewage disposal, removal/abandonment of residential underground storage tanks (USTs), building demolition (razing), landfills, and recycling facilities. The Household Hazardous Waste Program is also coordinated through Ground Water Management.
Stormwater Management reviews, and inspects grading and stormwater management plans for proposed construction activities, and ensures maintenance of public and privately owned stormwater management facilities.
Sustainability and Forest Management
Sustainability is responsible for multiple resource management programs. Many programs address forest sustainability, such as forest assessments and management plans for County forest lands, reforestation and urban tree planting programs (Tree-Mendous Maryland and Big Trees). Other programs responsible under sustainability include promotion of alternative energy and resource conservation for businesses and residents and a Master Plan policy.
Watershed Management and Monitoring
Watershed Management and Monitoring, coordinates the municipal NPDES stormwater permit, prepares watershed restoration plans, addresses TMDLs, coordinates the Baltimore Watershed Agreement and monitors Baltimore County’s 14 watersheds for water quality improvements.
Watershed Restoration Program works to restore, protect and enhance surface water and improve water quality through a variety of projects and services such as stream restoration, shoreline stabilization, water quality retrofitting, stormwater facility conversion, dredging, and submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring.
In Need of Environmental Assistance?
The EPS Function Brochure (PDF) provides phone numbers and brief descriptions of the services offered by the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.
Revised December 17, 2015