Having survived the polar vortex and this week's snow storm,we are off to a snowy start so far this winter. Winter storms can impede many Anne Arundel County services, such as curbside trash, yard waste and recycling collection. When storms hit, regularly scheduled collections may start and end later than normal. Every effort will be made to keep the regular schedule unless road and weather conditions are too treacherous. If regular collections aren't possible because of the severity of the weather or treacherous roadway conditions in certain communities or along certain streets, the collection crews will return later in the day or the following day as travel and weather conditions improve. Anne Arundel County residents can call 410-222-6100 for information or to report any concerns. County landfills and recycling facilities follow the county government work schedule announcements during inclement weather.

The Maryland Department of the Environment recently approved the Stormwater Fee Credit Program Policy and Guidance document for Anne Arundel County. The approval provides the Department of Public Works the guidelines and framework it needs to administer the program. The goal of this program is to recognize property owners who've already invested in stormwater management and implementation practices; encourage proactive and sustainable practices of stormwater runoff controls on private property; and help support the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program. For detailed information, go to aacounty.org/DPW/StormwaterCreditProgram.

Come out to Anne Arundel County's Winter Open House and meet Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and county department directors and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Community Connections Day will be held at Old Mill High School Media Center, located at 600 Patriot Lane, in Millersville. For more information, call 410-222-1785 or email CCService@aacounty.org.