Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Patuxent 20/20

Yesterday, the Patuxent Riverkeeper released its latest report [pdf] on the health of the Patuxent River.

Among the recommendations the report makes to restore the health of the river, are:

  • Implement low-impact development strategies based on the Stormwater Management Act of 2007 [pdf].
  • Create a dedicated fund for stormwater retrofits.
  • Increase permit staff overseeing sediment and erosion control and stormwater management.
  • Reduce use of fertilizers.
  • Limit the use of septic systems in new developments.
  • Maintain full funding for Program Open Space.
  • Increase impact fees and wetland permit fees.
  • Ensure that major wastewater treatment plants are upgraded by 2010.
  • Increase funding for, and use of agricultural best management practices (BMPs).
  • Increase public transportation options.
  • Adopt total maximum daily load limits (TMDLs) for the river and enforce them.



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