Kamenetz Allocates $3 Million to Help Nonprofits Clean Up the Bay
County Also Reports $33 Million of Projects Funded by Stormwater Remediation Fee
Towson, Maryland (January 24, 2014) – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the County will utilize funds generated from the State mandated Stormwater Remediation Fee to assist eligible nonprofit organizations to remove impervious paving from their properties.
This program will reduce runoff into area waterways and the Chesapeake Bay and will provide nonprofit organizations a small reduction in their stormwater remediation fee.
200 Miles of Waterfront
"With its 200 miles of waterfront, the people of Baltimore County have a unique appreciation of this precious natural resource," said County Executive Kamenetz. "Working with its nonprofit organizations, the County will be able to use $3 million of the fees to fund projects on their property, moving a positive step forward to a cleaner bay."
When the Council adopted the fee structure in May 2013, the commercial rates for nonprofit organizations were reduced to less than one-third of the for-profit commercial rate to help make it more affordable. The Credit Program being made available to nonprofits will allow these organizations to reduce, without expense, water runoff before it leaves their property.
"These faith-based organizations and nonprofits are experts in serving the community - not in stormwater remediation and engineering," said Kamenetz. "By sharing the County's technical resources and targeted funding, these organizations can reduce their impact on the environment while still fulfilling their service mission."
How To Apply
Eligible nonprofit organizations may apply for the impervious removal credit program by March 1, 2014. As many projects as possible will be funded until depletion of the $3 million in available funds. Applicants not selected this year are encouraged to apply the following year. More information on the nonprofit credit program may be found on the County's Stormwater Remediation Fee website.
$33 Million in Planned Remediation Stormwater Runoff Projects
In addition to announcing the new program for nonprofit organizations, County Executive Kamenetz also released the initial report summarizing how the County is allocating the funds raised by the stormwater mitigation fee.
"We have taken very seriously the obligation to utilize every dollar raised by this fee to projects that will help clean up the Chesapeake Bay," stated Kamenetz. "By issuing regular reports, our citizens can see exactly how these funds are being used."
The report indicates that in its initial year, Baltimore County will begin $33.4 million of remediation projects, in which more than $23 million would be generated by the fee and another $10 million from existing budgetary sources within the County's Metropolitan District Fund.
In addition to the removal of impervious surface on land owned by nonprofits, projects include tree planting and reforestation, storm drain retrofits, stream bed rebuilding, street sweeping, and improvements to County and State owned land, all designed to reduce runoff and remove pollutants before it reaches the Chesapeake Bay.
View the Baltimore County: 200 Miles of Waterfront Report (PDF).