County ad­dresses stormwa­ter restora­tion needs

En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists want more specifics for plan

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL SYKES II msykes@somd­news.com

The preser­va­tion of Charles County’s wa­ter­shed ar­eas has been a top pri­or­ity for some in­di­vid­u­als in the county, but many feel the county is not do­ing the right things to ad­dress the prob­lems.

KCI Tech­nolo­gies, a sci­en­tific so­lu­tions com­pany hired by the county to put to­gether a stormwa­ter restora­tion plan, in­tro­duced its plan to the pub­lic for the first time.

The plan out­lined the to­tal max­i­mum daily loads for pol­lu­tants in the stream for wa­ter­shed ar­eas in Charles County and the base­line re­duc­tion re­quire­ments for pol­lu­tants in the streams. The plan high­lighted the Port To­bacco River, Mat­ta­woman Creek and Lower Patux­ent River.

“The goals for the as­sess­ments in­clude de­ter­min­ing the cur­rent wa­ter qual­ity con­di­tions, in­spect­ing the vis­ual wa­ter­shed, iden­ti­fy­ing prob­lems from those as­sess­ments and de­vel­op­ing so­lu­tions,” Michael Pieper, an en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tist with KCI, said.

All as­sess­ments of wa­ter­shed ar­eas in Charles County must be com­pleted by 2019, Pieper said. The Port To­bacco River, Mat­ta­woman Creek and Lower Patux­ent are all com­pleted. Zekiah Swamp, Gil­bert Swamp and Wi­comico River still need to be com­pleted.

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