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Environmental Protection and Sustainability Overview

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room 319
Towson, Maryland 21204

Find directions to the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS).

Email: eps@baltimorecountymd.gov
Phone: 410-887-3733

David Lykens, Director

News

“How to Attract Pollinators” Guide for Homeowners and Organizations

Pollinators play a vital role in our ecosystem. One third of our food supply and more than 75 percent of flowering plants rely on pollinators like bees, insects, bats, beetles, butterflies and moths for reproduction. Find out how to establish and maintain healthy pollinator habitat in the “How to Attract Pollinators” guide (PDF) developed by Baltimore County EPS staff to reflect local conditions and species relevant to our region.

Watch Our "Watershed Moments" Video Series

That stormwater retention pond in your neighborhood is a real unsung hero, reducing flooding and slowing the flow of pollutants into our waterways. Watch "Watershed Moments—The Pond Down the Road" to get the inside scoop on how it works and what you and your neighbors should know about it.

Go underground with Baltimore County natural resource specialists and utilities crew members to locate the source of waterway contaminants by watching "Watershed Moments—Pollution Detectives."

Get an underwater and bird's-eye view of the County's water quality monitoring techniques by watching the video "Watershed Moments—Keepers of the Stream," featuring County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

Put Litter in Its Place

In the spring of 2019, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and EPS launched “BaltCo Litter Blitz,” a litter clean-up initiative, as well as "Litter Doesn't Stop Where It Drops," an ongoing anti-litter campaign to put litter in its place.

EPS Celebrates Its Nationally Recognized Watershed Improvement Program

View before-and-after pictures of sample stream restoration, shoreline enhancement and stabilization, reforestation and stormwater runoff projects.

Stream Restoration Videos

Watch All About Stream Restoration to learn the factors that contribute to the need for stream restoration. What to Expect During Construction explains the heavy equipment, high-visibility fencing and other sights during construction.

Programs and Services

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. As of January 1, 2017, the Household Hazardous Waste Program will be managed by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste.

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.

Forest Management

Forest Management is in charge of reforestation and urban tree planting programs. Plantings are for the state-mandated Forest Conservation Laws and for the purpose of implementing portions of the Watershed Implementation Plans to reduce sediment and nutrient loads entering the Chesapeake Bay. The section is also involved with forest assessments, forest sustainability and forest management of County lands.

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

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.

 
Revised February 21, 2020         

 

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Clean Green Baltimore County provides residents and businesses with the latest news and information on county initiatives, services and resources that support sustainable living.

 
 
Environmental Reporter

Use the Environmental Reporter Web Application to help the County track private tree plantings, private rain barrel installations and midges.

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