In rush to cut taxes and fees, lawmakers are sacrificing long-term environmental sustainability
"I was disheartened to read that both Republican and Democratic legislators are already making plans to repeal the stormwater management fees designed to pay for projects that mitigate the only source of Chesapeake Bay pollution that is still on the rise ..."
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Princes Georges County Stormwater Program Launched
[photo: Mike Yourishin]
Executive Director, Jodi Rose, spoke at a spirited celebration on Oct. 22 for the launch of a new stormwater program for houses of worship in Prince Georges County. Congregations in Prince Georges County can now participate in an Alternative Compliance Program to pay the stormwater fee and in so doing reduce or eliminate their fees. The launch at Forestville New Redeemer Baptist church pastored by Rev. Nathaniel Thomas, showcased plans for installing a raingarden, pervious parking lot, tree planting, and rain barrels, with all costs covered by the fees collected by the county from other sources. Stormwater management installations of this type can reduce congregation's fee by 50%, offering educational and worship /sermons on watershed stewardship reduces fee by an additional 25%, and forming a "green team" by another 25%. By so doing they act as a model of watershed stewardship for neighbors and neighboring congregations.
Save Some "GREEN"
We’ve heard that 2/3 of Baltimore congregations have NOT YET applied for your stormwater utility fee reduction! Please visit our Blue Water Congregations page for instructions how to get this done
VIEW this video from Clean Water Coalition
Faith Communities Caring for Creation by Reducing Polluted Runoff
Anne Arundel County, MD
Capture runoff from your property and reduce river pollution. A new program offers places of worship professionally designed and installed storm water management improvements and train congregants to become Watershed Stewards. Check out the flyer and/or email Bonnie Sorak for more information.