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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).

Phone: 410-887-3733

Vincent J. Gardina, Director


SepticSmart Week, September 22 to 26
The US EPA is holding its second annual SepticSmart Week to encourage homeowners and communities to care and maintain their septic systems and has provided some quick and easy tips to maintain your septic system.

Fall Big Trees Sale
On October 18, residents can purchase native trees for planting on private property at the biannual Big Trees Sale. The online pre-order form is now available.

Baltimore County Member of Maryland Green Registry
Baltimore County is now a member of the Maryland Green Registry due to its commitment to on-going environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Department Functions

Land Preservation

Agricultural and Land Preservation seeks to meet the County’s goal of preserving at least 80,000 acres of working lands through land preservation programs. Assistance is provided to landowners to guide them to the appropriate program whether they have farmland, forest land, natural lands or coastal land. Land preservation programs include the Maryland Environmental Trust, Baltimore County Land Trust Alliance, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program, Rural Legacy or County programs. The Section also serves as liaison to the County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board that provides technical and policy guidance to the County on agricultural matters.

Watershed Restoration

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, dredging, submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring, waterway cleanup, and abandoned boat removal.

Development Coordination

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

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

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 educational material for Baltimore County residents, a Sustainability Network 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.

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 September 10, 2014

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