County Implementation Strategy
The Coordinated Implementation Strategy (“the Strategy”) shows how the County will meet the MS4 Permit required watershed restoration goals and water quality standards. Countywide watershed restoration priorities were developed based on the findings for the 8 individual watersheds. The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) approved the Strategy in 2012.
The Strategy identified the following general priorities:
Click the "On this Page" tabs to the right to learn more about each part of the Strategy.
Public Outreach Workplan
The MS4 Permit requires the County to implement a public outreach and education program to encourage County residents to take action to reduce stormwater pollution. The Permit specifically requires a Public Outreach and Education Workplan.
The Workplan was completed as part of the Strategy. The County’s outreach program focuses on eight practices prioritized by the Strategy:
Watershed Implementation Plans
The Countywide Strategy contains Watershed Implementation Plans for the County’s eight major watersheds.
The Watershed Implementation Plans:
Seven Watershed Plans Have Been Developed:
County Watershed Map
The Strategy also contains pre-assessments for three watersheds that had not been studied previously.
A pre-assessment is a preliminary review of the existing conditions in the watershed and other information about the watershed. The pre-assessments will be used by the County to develop watershed assessments and associated implementation plans.
For more information on the framework the County will use to develop future watershed implementation plans, including pre-assessments, watershed assessments, and implementation plans, please see the Recommended Framework for Completing Future Watershed Implementation Plans. (PDF, 391KB)
Completed Watershed Pre-Assessments
The County is developing Watershed Implementation Plans for these watersheds during 2013-2014.