Improperly maintained stormwater management facilities do not effectively treat runoff; they allow untreated polluted stormwater runoff to enter the storm drain system, and ultimately, local streams. The Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is actively
pursuing an outreach project to engage property owner support for their work in stormwater management. The project will help the County meet its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements, including watershed
restoration, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), trash and litter reduction, and pollutant reduction estimating and tracking. On behalf of DEP, URS Corporation is developing stormwater facility maintenance fact sheets and guidance documents. The fact sheets will help property owners understand
their maintenance responsibilities, both structural and nonstructural, for stormwater structures located on their properties, and provide information for implementing low-impact development / environmental site design (LID/ESD) practices. The two guidance documents provide detailed information
on maintaining vegetated facilities and recommendations for planting vegetation around existing stormwater facilities. The fact sheets and guidance documents are written for Montgomery County's target audience of a diverse group of property owners (e.g., single-family homeowners, homeowner
associations, schools, religious organizations, commercial sites) who possess varying levels of knowledge about stormwater facilities and maintenance requirements. The final documents will be available to the public to download from DEP's Web site. This project is an example of an
effective outreach effort for public support of maintaining stormwater structures. By developing materials specifically for its constituency, the County hopes to increase property owners' understanding of stormwater management facilities and the importance of the associated maintenance
requirements, and to promote the preservation of watershed and ecological health.
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