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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published January 12, 2011

CARDIN TO BRING TOGETHER FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS TO REVIEW NEXT STEPS IN CLEANING UP STORMWATER POLLUTION



Gathering follows enactment of new law requiring the federal government to pay local stormwater fees

On Thursday, January 13 in College Park, Maryland, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) will host local, state and federal officials who are now legally bound to work together to clean up the damage caused by stormwater pollution. Confirmed speakers include Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Robert M. Summers, Acting Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment; James Foster, President of the Anacostia Watershed Society; Ken Kirk, Executive Director of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; Ken Ulman, County Executive, Howard County and president of Maryland Association of Counties; and Sam Wynkoop, Acting Director, Prince Georges County Department of Environmental Resources.

Just last week, President Obama signed into law S. 3481, which “clarifies the Federal Government’s responsibility to pay reasonable service charges to a State or local government to address stormwater pollution from Federal properties.” Authored by Senator Cardin, this new law removes all ambiguity about the responsibility of the federal government to pay these normal and customary stormwater fees. The positive impact of the new law will be felt in jurisdictions nationwide, but particularly locally where the District of Columbia is owed $2.4 million in annual stormwater charges.

Stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Participants at the Thursday event will explain how the change in the law will benefit local communities, including the environmental benefits and green jobs that these expected revenues will help to finance.

WHAT: Taking Responsibility for Clean Water Roundtable Discussion
Next Steps in Cleaning Up Stormwater Pollution

WHO: Senator Benjamin L. Cardin - Chair, Senate Water & Wildlife Subcommittee
Nancy Sutley - Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
Robert M. Summers - Acting Secretary, Maryland Dept of the Environment
Ken Ulman - County Executive, Howard County and president of Maryland Association of Counties
Sam Wynkoop - Acting Director, Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources
James Foster - President of the Anacostia Watershed Society
Ken Kirk - Executive Director, National Association of Clean Water Agencies

WHEN: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM (EST)

WHERE: College Park City Hall, Council Chambers
4500 Knox Road, College Park, Maryland 20740