Part of watershed management is structural work under the City’s Capital Projects program. This includes upgrading older stormwater ponds and implementing stream restoration projects. But the most efficient and inexpensive way to minimize stream pollution is to simply prevent it. This is where the other part of watershed management comes in – pollution prevention. Below are summaries of our programs and links to get more information for what you can do to contribute to the solution rather than increasing stormwater pollution.
City Efforts to Manage Watersheds and Combat Stormwater Pollution
The City takes a two-pronged approach to preventing stormwater pollution: capital projects and pollution prevention. Under the Capital Projects program, older stormwater ponds are upgraded, and streams are restored. But the most efficient and inexpensive way to minimize stream pollution is to simply prevent it, through education and community involvement.
These large, expensive construction projects are required by the City’s stormwater permit (officially known as an NPDES MS4 permit) from the Maryland Department of the Environment. These projects include work in neighborhoods or along stream channels. Visit the City's Capital Projects page for more details.
Encouraging Pollution Prevention at Home
The goal is to reduce the amount of rainwater and pollution that runs directly off your property and into streams and other bodies of water. By installing rain barrels and reducing the amount of hard surfaces on your property, more rainwater can soak into the ground. Washing your car or working on your car on the grass rather than on a hard surface allows fluids or dirty water to soak into the ground. Having native landscaping rather than lawns can reduces the need for harmful chemicals to maintain the lawn
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the City's Watershed Manager, Tiffany Wright, by email or calling 301-809-3043.