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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).

Phone: 410-887-3733

Vincent J. Gardina, Director


Loch Raven South SWAP
Now accepting public comments until December 20, 2018. The planning area includes communities in Towson, Timonium, Cockeysville and Hunt Valley.

Notice of Priority Funding Area (PFA) Exception for Bay Restoration Funding
The Maryland Department of the Environment is seeking public comment on a PFA exception (PDF) for Bay Restoration Fund grant funding at 13921 Thornton Mill Road in Sparks, Maryland.

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 November 30, 2018         


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