A 'paradise' amid the rocks and weeds

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Protecting our streams, rivers and bay [Opinion]

Protecting our streams, rivers and bay [Opinion]


On June 21st, Harford County Council passed a state required financial assurance plan which described how the County will accomplish the stormwater runoff control required by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) by the end of the County's pollution permit, also called the EPA Clean Water Act Permit. This requirement is part of the larger program to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries (e.g. Winters Run, Broad Creek, Bush River) by 2025. The reduction of stormwater runoff pollution is important because it is the only source of water pollution that is increasing.

Harford's financial assurance plan clearly stated that the County intended to remediate...