What are we doing for the environment?

The Stormwater Management Division has several projects in the works from stream restoration to pond inspections, which help control or repair stormwater damage. As we build homes, businesses, and other impervious structures such as roads, the ground can no longer absorb the rain water that falls on it. The Stormwater Division is leading the way in designing projects and conducting programs that help alleviate the impact uncontrolled storm water and pollution has on the environment.

Illicit Discharge Inspection

In the Illicit Discharge Program, County inspectors inspect outfalls to see if pollutants are exiting from our communities, into our rivers and streams. Below is a before example of how pollution is exiting the outfalls and an after of the pollution after it was cleaned up.

      Outfall Before Cleanup                    Outfall After Cleanup

Ameriwaste Illicit Discharge Site Ameriwaste Illicit Discharge After

Storm Water Management

The Stormwater Management Division designs structures that utilize plant materials to take up pollutants that would otherwise enter our waterways. Below is an after picture of a marsh design project that utilizes two water bodies and wetland plants to remove pollutants from the environment.

        Shallow Marsh Before                 Shallow Marsh After

Shallow Marsh Before Shalllow Marsh After

Stream Restoration

The before picture below shows a portion of this severely eroded stream with trees falling over. The after picture shows an elevated stream bed, with a stabilized and replanted stream bank.

              Stream Before                             Stream After

Stream Restoration Before Stream Restoration After1

We Can't Do it Alone

We need your help and here are a few suggestions. Create a rain garden on your property, attach rain barrels to your down spouts, and reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizers and pesticides on your lawns. Learn more here. As always get professional advice, if needed, on any projects. Please contact the Stormwater Management Division at 410-313-6444 for more information on how you can help control storm water.