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Capital Program and Operations (CPO)

Capital Program and Operations (CPO) utilizes state of the art techniques to reduce sediment, nutrients, and pollution to the County’s streams and waterways. CPO's goal is to protect, enhance and restore the water resources of Baltimore County. The program structure is based on the County’s 14 major watersheds in order to provide a comprehensive framework of protection and restoration of the County’s natural resources.

This is the Spring Branch stream
restoration project just after completion.

Projects are prioritized in part based on opportunities identified in watershed management plans. Project funding is supported primarily by County General Obligation Bonds and supplemented by State grant funds from the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources and with grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Stream Restoration

Stream Restoration and Stabilization integrates Natural Channel Design Techniques to enhance ecological function of Baltimore County’s streams and rivers.

The presentation (PDF) for the Scotts Level Branch at McDonogh Road Water Quality Retrofit and Stream Restoration Project was recently given to local residents in the Randallstown community. The project is slated for construction this winter.

Stormwater Retrofits

CPO identifies and implements Stormwater Retrofit Projects to address unmanaged runoff from precipitation in order to improve water quality.

Shoreline Protection & Enhancement

CPO utilizes hard (rock jetties and breakwaters) and soft (biologs & vegetation) engineering techniques to reduce erosion and improve ecological function along Baltimore County’s tidal waterways. CPO has constructed many Living Shorelines to improve water quality.     

Waterway & Stream Complaint Investigation

CPO maintains a database with all County residents' waterway and stream complaints, including problems with erosion, blockages, and debris.

Waterway Dredging Program

The Waterway Dredging Program maintains navigable passage for Baltimore County's recreational boaters.

This shoreline stabilization project uses
breakwater structures as well as

Stormwater Management Facility Maintenance & Inspection

CPO routinely inspects and maintains all County-owned stormwater management facilities.

SAV Program

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) is monitored and documented annually as an indicator of the water quality in Baltimore County’s tidal waterways. 

Derelict Boat Program

CPO can assist with removal of abandoned and derelict boats from Baltimore County’s waterways if ownership cannot be established. Boats that have a known owner must be removed at the owner’s expense. 

Clean Shores Program

CPO removes navigation debris from Baltimore County’s waterways and shorelines for safe boating. 

Phone: 410-887-2904
Fax: 410-887-4804

Revised July 10, 2012

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