Tuesday, July 24, 2012

County Council Passes Stormwater Retrofits Bill!

On July 24, 2012, the Prince George's County Council unanimously passed CB-40-2012, enacting the Stormwater Retrofits Bill! The bill is a key part of the Prince George's Healthy Communities Coalition Action Plan and will improve quality of life in the county by giving property owners incentives to reduce stormwater runoff that floods our basements and pollutes our neighborhoods.

Special thanks to County Councilwoman Mary A. Lehman (District 1) for her leadership in introducing this bill. In a press release after the bill's passage she said: “I appreciate the support of my colleagues, and the broad support of municipalities and environmental groups, as we continue to work together with the community to improve water quality, position the County to meet new federal water quality standards, and create green jobs.  Passage of this bill represents our commitment to both clean water and community engagement in Prince George’s County.” 

Member organizations of the Coalition are excited about the opportunity CB-40 provides to work directly with citizens to create healthy communities in every neighborhood of Prince George's County. Here's to a healthier, cleaner, and greener future for all county residents!

County Council CB-40 Press Release

Friday, July 13, 2012

Baltimore Clean Water Permit a Prince George's Issue Too

The Clean Water Act is among the best bills ever passed by Congress to protect the health of our communities. The basic goal is "fishable and swimmable" waterways, which are places where children can play and adults can fish without fear of illness. Sadly, few places in Prince George's County meet this standard of public health.
Red shaded areas represent biologically degraded streams in Prince George's County

Sunday, June 17, 2012

On Thursday, June 14, 2012, the Transportation, Housing, and Environment (THE) Committee of the Prince George's County Council considered CB-040-2012 (Word doc), the Stormwater Management Retrofit Program. The goal of the program is to create incentives for property owners to mitigate stormwater runoff that floods our basements, erodes our property, and damages our parks and public spaces.

Similar, highly successful programs already exist in DC and Montgomery County, so this piece of legislation would keep the county competitive in the region. The proposed Prince George's program would offer a rebate to individuals, businesses, or non-profits that build certain stormwater retrofits on their property.

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Attractive stormwater management in DC Photo by Andrew Bossi, Flickr