Baltimore County officials say they are setting aside $3 million generated from the state-mandated stormwater management fee to help nonprofit organizations pay for projects that will reduce the fees they have to pay.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said last week that the projects — namely removing impervious paving so that water can flow more freely — can help reduce the amount of runoff going into local waterways and the bay. Once hard surfaces are removed, nonprofits and faith-based organizations would then have a reduction in their stormwater remediation fee, officials said.
"These faith-based organizations and nonprofits are experts in serving the community — not in stormwater remediation and engineering," said Kamenetz in a statement. "By sharing the County's technical resources and targeted funding, these organizations can reduce their impact on the environment while still fulfilling their service mission."
Eligible nonprofits can apply to participate in the program through the Baltimore County website until March 1. Projects will funded until the $3 million is depleted. Applicants not selected this year are encouraged to apply the following year. More information, go to baltimorecountymd.gov/stormwaterfee#nonprofit.
In addition, the county released a report outlining some $33.4 million that officials and planning for remediation projects such as reforestation, street sweeping and stream bed rebuilding. Officials said more than $23 million of that figure came from the new stormwater fee, while an additional $10 million will be used from existing county budget sources.
The report is available on the county website at resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/Environment/stormwaterfeerpt140123.pdf.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun