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Planning for Sustainable Growth and Water Resources in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

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Over the past several decades, a multitude of strategies, policies, and programs have been formulated and implemented in an effort to protect the quality of a most precious resource - the Chesapeake Bay. In 2006, Maryland passed a new law known as House Bill (HB) 1141 which directly addresses the relationship between planned growth and water resources.

Situated on a peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay, Kent County, Maryland is nationally recognized for its rural character and serene beauty. Less than a two hour drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, growth and development pressures have the potential to impact the sustainability of the water resources of the County. This paper includes a discussion of the Water Resources Element of HB 1441, tools and data sources used in the study, water resources limitations, and methods for managing growth where there is limited resource availability.

Keywords: Chesapeake Bay; land use; pollutant; water resources

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2009

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