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Montgomery County, MD Department of Environmental Protection Stream stewards volunteer program orientation. Information about how our local waters are affected by runoff and what we can do to help. Information about the County's Water Quality Protection Charge and the Department of Environmental Protection.

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  • 1. StreamStewardsVolunteerProgram g OrientationMontgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Management Division

2. T d A d TodaysAgenda StreamStewardsOrientation Whatarewatersheds? Howdoweaffectthem? Howareweaffectedbythem? WhatistheCountydoingtoprotectthem? Asavolunteer,whatdoyouneedtoknow? StreamStewardsVolunteerprogram2 3. SourcesofWater About97%issaltwater About2%isfrozen Only1%isavailablefordrinkingwater 95%fromgroundwateracrosstheCountry 32%fromgroundwater 68%fromsurfacewaterinMaryland 32%fromgroundwater,68%fromsurfacewaterinMaryland PotentialforgreaterimpactsfromrunoffinMaryland 3 4. MontgomeryCounty,MD 500sq.miles 1,004,709people 184languagesspoken About12%impervioussurfaceoverall AboutthesizeofWashingtonDC Over1,500milesofstreams Twomajorriverbasins: Potomac Patuxent Eightlocalwatersheds District of ColumbiaImpervious: Not allowing water to I i N t ll i t t soak through the ground. 4 5. WhatisaWatershed? Awatershedisanareafromwhichthewater aboveandbelowground drainstothesameplace. Differentscalesof watersheds: ChesapeakeBay Eightlocalwatersheds Neighborhood(toastormda ) drain) 5 6. Developmentandwatersheds Evaporation Infiltrationintogroundwater Lessissueswithrunoff i i h ff Lessevaporation L ti Lessinfiltrationintog groundwater MORErunoff! 6 7. WhatisRunoff? h ff? Water that does not soak into the ground becomes surface runoff. This runoff flows over hard surfaces like rooftops, driveways and parking lots collecting potential contaminants and flows: Directly into streams Into storm drain pipes, eventually leading to streams Into stormwater management facilities, then streamsTwo Major Issues: Volume/Timing R noff Vol me/Timing of Runoff Water Quality 8. Your Neighborhood YourNeighborhoodIntypicalurbanresidentialareas,rooftopsaccountfor3040%ofthetotalimperviousarea! I t i l b id ti l ft t f 30 40% f th t t l i i ! 8 9. Whatsthebigdeal?9 10. 10 11. 11 12. 12 13. 13 14. 85% 85% of trash found in the Anacostia River is plastic bags and soda bottlesAll of us can help prevent this! 14 15. DamascusGermantown OlneyPoolesville Gaithersburg RockvilleWheaton -GlenmontPotomac Silver Spring BethesdaTo learn more about local stream conditions visit: http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/dectmpl.asp?url=/Content/dep/maps/introwqm.asp15 16. WhatistheCountydoingto protectourStreams? Mustmeetregulatoryrequirements FederalCleanWaterActpermitprogram MS4 =MunicipalSeparateStormSewerSystem M S S S S AppliestoalllargeandmediumMarylandjurisdictions Countyprograms RestoreourstreamsandwatershedsAddrunoffmanagement Meetwaterqualityprotectiongoals Reducepollutantsgettingintoourstreams Educateandengageallstakeholders Individualactionsmakeadifference Focusonwatershedsshowinggreatestimpacts 16 17. MS4 permit what is it? MS4permit,whatisit? MontgomeryCountyisresponsiblefor: Whatgoesintoourstormdrainpipes Wh t i t t d i i Whatcomesoutofthem Whatflowsintothestreams Requiresadditionalstormwatermanagementfor20percentofimpervioussurfaces(4,300acres=6.7squaremiles).Thatsabout threetimesthesizeofTakomaPark. Thatsequivalentto3,307footballfields!17 18. WhatistheWQPC? at s t e Q C? Itisapartofpropertytaxbills. Ithasbeenaroundsince2002. Ithasbeenaroundsince2002 TheWQPCraisesfundstocounteractthenegativeeffectsof g pollution(stormwater)andimprove thequalityofourlocalwaters. The WQPC is calculated based on the potential for a property to contribute to stormwater pollution. e o e e e oped t e ope ty, the gge the The More Developed the Property, t e Bigger t e Charge 19. TheWQPCCreditProgram Upto50%reductionincredit(easiestthingtosay) % d i i di ( i hi ) Multifamilyandnonresidentialcangetupto60%iftheirentire siteistreatedbyenvironmentalsitedesign. Theapplicationsareverydifferentforresidentialandnonresidential MustbeownedandmaintainedtoDEPsstandards Nextdeadlineis9/30forthereductiontothe201314tax year.10/31forthe201415taxyear. / f th t Applyonline:www.montgomerycountymd.gov/wqpc 20. TheWQPCCreditProgram Rain Garden w/ Conservation LandscapingRain BarrelsPermeable PavementGreen RoofStormwater Ponds 21. HowHastheWQPCImprovedthe County? Restoredstreams(BoozeCreekinBethesda)andprotectedsanitarysewerpipes Maintained>6,000stormwaterfacilities Cleaned storm drains Installed>500RainScapes Planted>35,000plants Expandedstreammonitoring, littercontrolandeducational programs 22. Fact Sheet Info on the Charge, Credits, Phase-In, Stormwater, etc For handing out to the public.Credits Brochure Info on the Credit Program, types of Credits and how to apply. For handing out to the public. How Was My Charge Calculated? Info on how the charge was calculated for each type of property. Will be laminated for reference. f Not a takeaway. 23. CommonQuestions Ithinkmychargeiswrong.HowdoIcontestit? Fileanappeal.Informationaboutappealscanbefoundatmontgomerycountymd.gov/wqpcappeals TheappealmustbesubmittednolaterthanSeptember30oftheyearthatpaymentofthechargeisdue. Howwasmychargecalculated? Thechargedependsonthetypeofpropertyandtheamountofimperviousspaceontheproperty. Askthemwhattypeofpropertytheyownandshowthemthelaminatedreferenceforthatpropertytype. Howwasmyimperviousareadetermined? Imperviousareawasdeterminedbysatelliteimagerythroughgeographicinformationsystems(GIS) availablefromMontgomeryCountyandtheMarylandNationalCapitalParkandPlanning Commission. Askthemwhattypeofpropertytheyownandshowthemthelaminatedreferenceforthatpropertytype. Iworkforachurch.Dowehavetopay? EverypropertyhastopaytheWQPC.501(c)3organizationshaveaspecialchargestructure. IheardabouttheRainTax butwhatistheWaterQualityProtectionCharge? IheardabouttheRainTax,butwhatistheWaterQualityProtectionCharge? TheonlychargeinMontgomeryCountyrelatedtopollutionistheWaterQualityProtectionCharge andithasbeenfoundonresidentialpropertytaxbillssince2002. IhavefinancialissuesanddontthinkIcanaffordtopay. Propertyownerswhosehouseholdincomedoesnotexceed170%oftheFederalpovertyleveloris approvedundertheMarylandEnergyAssistanceProgramforthecurrentbillingyearareeligiblefor aHardshipExemption.Applyonlineatmontgomerycountymd.gov/wqpcexemption 24. Watershed Management WatershedManagement Division StormwaterPermitCoordination Reporting,Monitoring,andWatershedOutreach StormwaterManagementFacilities l InspectionsandMaintenance W t h dR t ti WatershedRestoration StormwaterRetrofitsand StreamRestoration RainScapes ConstructionManagement g Overseesprojectconstruction Administerscontractsandprocurement25 25. Monitoring Evaluatesbiologicalresource/stream habitatconditions Ratestreamsas excellent,good,fair, poor Helpsetpriority watershedsfor CapitalImprovement Programtoaddress streamdegradation Projecteffectiveness inSpecialProtection Areas 26 26. S F ili StormwaterFacility Maintenance Over7,000structurescurrently Inspectallstormwaterstructuresonceeverythreeyears PerformmaintenanceonCounty Ownedfacilitiesthroughcontractors Provideforstormwaterfacility transfertotheCountysMaintenance program 27 27. S R i StreamRestorationBefore sediment and poorly defined stream channel 28Turkey BranchAfter Completion 28 28. / ESD/LIDRetrofitsDennis Ave Health Center Bioretention CellWhite oak Library Tree Boxes 2929 29. ESD/LID:RoadsideswalesUpper Paint Branch3030 30. ESD/LID:GreenStreets31 31. ESD/LID: RainScapes ESD/LID:RainScapes RainScapesRewardsRebates RainGardens ConservationLandscaping UrbanTreeCanopy PermeablePavers PavementRemoval GreenRoofs WaterHarvesting o oCisterns RainBarrelsDryWells RainScapesNeighborhoods Communitybased Percent=Contractorinstalledprojects Measurablegoalandmonitoring RainScapesforSchools(MCPS) RainScapesforLandscapeProfessionals RainScapesPartnershipswithWatershedGroups 32 32. ESD/LID:RainScapesRewards Receiveupto$1,200perHousehold! Businessandchurches,etcareincludedwithrebatesupto$5,000! t ebates up to $5,000! AnyoneinterestedintheRainScapes programcanvisitourwebsite: www.montgomerycounty.gov/rainscapes g y yg / p email: rainscapes@montgomerycountymd.gov33 33. Pre app o a not e approval ot required. Save receipts and contact RainScapes team for rebate. Minimum of 200 gallons of water must be captured.34 34. B C ti ! BeCreative!35 35. Privatehome BeforeandAfterRainScapes RewardsStormwater runoff is captured and filtered in small landscaped areas that allow water to soak into the ground while plants and soils filter pollutants. Please Note: Projects needs to be pre-approved by the RainScapes program in order to qualify for rebate. 36 36. HomeownersAssociation(HOA) Beforeandafter RainScapesRewardsPlease Note: Project needs to be pre-approved by the RainScapes program in order to qualify for rebate. 37 37. Whataresomethingsyoucan dotopreventtheseissues?38 38. What You Can Do to protect our WhatYouCanDotoprotectour streams? Starttoday! Disposeofpetwasteproperly Eliminateunnecessarylawnfertilizers Reducetrash Recycle Bekind,dontlitter Pl t T PlantaTree ReportissuestoDEPvia31139 39. ReportingIssuestoDEP Illegaldumping Illicitdischargesomethingmysteriouscomingoutofapipe i Constructiondischarge Oil& Oil&greaseinwater i Streamerosion Fi hkill Fishkills MontgomeryCountyCustomerServiceCenterat31140 40. StepitUp! Compostandgrasscycle Disconnectyourdownspout EncourageyourpropertymanagerorHomeOwnersAssociationtousegreenpractices LearnabouttheRainsScapesRebateprogram ParticipateinaRainScapesworkshop RainScapesRainBarrelWorkshop Friday,April12,2013or SaturdayApril13,2013 ConservationLandscapeWorkshop Friday,May31,2013or Saturday,June1,2013 BothworkshopsareheldatBrooksidegardensinWheaton,MDfrom10amto B h k h h ld B k id d i Wh MDf 1pm 41 41. StepitUp!(continued) Athome,plantnativetreesandnativeplants ConsiderinstallingaRainScapespracticeandsubmitanapplicationtotheRainScapesRebate program InstallaRainScapespractice p p EncouragepeopletouseRainScapestechniques42