Prince George's Polluted Runoff Bill - Too Little, Too Late

Friday, June 3, 2011 - 3:40pm

Prince George's County is once again taking up the issue of how to manage and control the polluted runoff that is entering its streams and the Anacostia River. This "stormwater" as it is called can't be absorbed by impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots, and roofs, so runs directly into our rivers, carrying with it trash, sediment, chemicals, and other pollutants. The faster the stormwater flows into our rivers, the more erosion it causes to our riverbanks, further negatively affecting river health.

County Executive Baker has introduced a bill, CB-15-2011, to manage his county's stormwater, and it is "too little, too late." The bill does not set strict enough and enforceable standards, and the County has been out of compliance with state law for over a year now. Prince George's County has tried to deal with this issue before, with no progress.

A coalition of Anacostia Advocates are working to address this issue, and we need your help.

If you live in Prince George's County, contact your elected official and let them know you want strong stormwater controls, because they are good for the river, for local communities, and for the economy through green jobs.

Specifically, contact members of the Transportation, Housing, and Environment (THE) committee and ask them to amend CB-15 at the June 9 THE meeting.  The meeting will be held at 10am in Room 2027 of the County Administration Building.  Ask them for a 1" redevelopment stormwater management standard to alleviate flooding in our communities, protect county infrastructure, and save taxpayer money on expensive after the fact fixes and retrofits.

Email THE members:
Eric Olson, Chair
Karen Toles, Vice-Chair
Mary Lehman
Obie Patterson
Ingrid Turner, (County council chair)