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Streams and Water Protection Programs

The Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Baltimore County's aquatic resources with several programs as described below.

Capital Program and Operations—Watershed Restoration

The Capital Program and Operations Section within EPS is responsible for the following:

  • Shoreline enhancements and protection and living Shorelines
  • Water quality retrofits and conversions
  • Stream stabilization and restoration
  • Waterway and stream complaint investigation
  • Maintenance and inspection of public stormwater management ponds
  • Waterway Dredging program
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring program
  • Derelict and Abandoned Boat program
  • Waterway Clean Shores program

Environmental Impact Review

The Environmental Impact Review Section within EPS is responsible for the following:

  • Environmental resource and regulation review compliance
  • Review of building impacts within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area
  • Review of building impacts to wetlands, streams and forests
  • Determination and compliance within wetland, stream and forest buffer laws

Ground Water Management

The Ground Water Management Section within EPS is responsible for the following:

  • Soil percolation test approval
  • Onsite sewage disposal system design and repair
  • Well permitting
  • Domestic well portability certification
  • Groundwater contamination investigations
  • Residential underground storage tank removal and abandonments

Inspection and Enforcement

The Inspection and Enforcement Section is responsible for the following:

  • Sediment control inspection and enforcement during active construction
  • Drainage complaint investigations during active construction

The Stormwater Engineering Section within EPS is responsible for the following:

  • Review of stormwater management plans
  • Review of grading plans
  • Inspection of privately owned stormwater management facilities

Forest Management

The Forest Management Section within EPS is responsible for the following:

  • Tree-mendous Maryland Program
  • Intergovernmental program coordination
    • Reservoir Watershed Agreement
    • Coastal Zone Management
  • Forest resource research and policy

Watershed Management and Monitoring

The Watershed Management and Monitoring Section within EPS is responsible for the following:

  • Watershed planning
  • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit coordination
  • Illicit connections to storm drains
  • Research grant coordination
  • Watershed monitoring
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads coordination
  • Chesapeake Bay program tributary strategy
  • Environmental education programs and Green Schools
Revised January 19, 2021         


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