County addresses stormwater restoration needs
Environmental activists want more specifics for plan
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.