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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. 1. Stream Stewards Volunteer Program  g Orientation Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Management Division
  2. 2. T d ’ A d Today’s Agenda  Stream Stewards Orientation   What are watersheds?   How do we affect them?   How are we affected by them?   What is the County doing to protect them?  As a volunteer, what do you need to know?   Stream Stewards Volunteer program  2
  3. 3. Sources of Water  About 97% is salt water  About 2% is frozen  Only 1% is available for drinking water   95% from groundwater across the Country  32% from groundwater  68% from surface water in Maryland 32% from groundwater, 68% from surface water in Maryland  Potential for greater impacts from runoff in Maryland  3
  4. 4. Montgomery County, MD  500 sq. miles  1,004,709 people  184 languages spoken  About 12% impervious surface overall  About the size of Washington DC  Over 1,500 miles of streams  Two major river basins:   Potomac  Patuxent  Eight local watersheds District of Columbia Impervious: Not allowing water to I i N t ll i t t soak through the ground. 4
  5. 5. What is a Watershed?  A watershed is an area  from which the water  above and below ground  drains to the same place.  Different scales of  watersheds:  Chesapeake Bay  Eight local watersheds  Neighborhood (to a storm  da ) drain) 5
  6. 6. Development and watersheds  Evaporation   Infiltration into ground water  Less issues with runoff  i   i h  ff  Less evaporation L   ti  Less infiltration into  g ground water  MORE runoff!  6
  7. 7. What is Runoff? 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 streams Two Major Issues: Volume/Timing R noff Vol me/Timing of Runoff Water Quality
  8. 8. Your Neighborhood Your Neighborhood In typical urban residential areas, rooftops account for 30‐40% of the total impervious area! I t i l b id ti l ft t f 30 40% f th t t l i i ! 8
  9. 9. What’s the big deal?  9
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  14. 14. 85% 85% of trash found in the Anacostia River is plastic bags and soda bottles All of us can help prevent this! 14
  15. 15. Damascus Germantown Olney Poolesville Gaithersburg Rockville Wheaton -Glenmont Potomac Silver Spring Bethesda To learn more about local stream conditions visit: 15
  16. 16. What is the County doing to protect our Streams?  Must meet regulatory requirements  Federal Clean Water Act permit program  MS4 = Municipal Separate  Storm Sewer System M S S S S  Applies to all large and medium Maryland jurisdictions  County programs  Restore our streams and watersheds Add runoff management  Meet water quality protection goals  Reduce pollutants getting into our streams  Educate and engage all stakeholders  Individual actions make a difference  Focus on watersheds showing greatest impacts  16
  17. 17. MS4 permit what is it? MS4 permit, what is it?   Montgomery County is responsible for: • What goes into our storm drain pipes  Wh t   i t     t  d i   i   • What comes out of them • What flows into the streams   Requires additional stormwater management for 20 percent of  impervious surfaces (4,300 acres = 6.7 square miles).  That’s about  three times the size of Takoma Park. That’s equivalent to 3,307 football fields! 17
  18. 18. What is the WQPC? at s t e Q C?  It is a part of property tax bills.   It has been around since 2002.  It has been around since 2002    The WQPC raises funds to  counteract the negative effects of  g pollution (stormwater) and improve  the quality of our local waters.  • 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. 19. The WQPC Credit Program  Up to 50% reduction in credit (easiest thing to say)     %  d i  i   di  ( i   hi     )  Multi‐family and non‐residential can get up to 60% if their entire  site is treated by environmental site design.  The applications are very different for residential and  non‐residential   Must be owned and maintained to DEP’s standards  Next deadline is 9/30 for the reduction to the 2013‐14 tax  year.  10/31 for the 2014‐15 tax year.    /  f  th    t    Apply online:
  20. 20. The WQPC Credit Program Rain Garden w/ Conservation Landscaping Rain Barrels Permeable Pavement Green Roof Stormwater Ponds
  21. 21. How Has the WQPC Improved the  County?  Restored streams (Booze Creek in Bethesda) and  protected sanitary sewer pipes  Maintained >6,000 stormwater facilities • Cleaned storm drains • Installed >500 RainScapes • Planted >35,000 plants • Expanded stream monitoring,  litter control and educational  programs
  22. 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. 23. Common Questions  I think my charge is wrong. How do I contest it?  File an appeal. Information about appeals can be found at  The appeal must be submitted no later than September 30 of the year that payment of the charge is due.  How was my charge calculated?  The charge depends on the type of property and the amount of impervious space on the property.   Ask them what type of property they own and show them the laminated reference for that property type.    How was my impervious area determined?  Impervious area was determined by satellite imagery through geographic information systems (GIS)  available from Montgomery County and the Maryland‐National Capital Park and Planning  Commission.   Ask them what type of property they own and show them the laminated reference for that property type.    I work for a church. Do we have to pay?  Every property has to pay the WQPC.  501(c)3 organizations have a special charge structure.  I heard about the Rain Tax  but what is the Water Quality Protection Charge? I heard about the Rain Tax, but what is the Water Quality Protection Charge?  The only charge in Montgomery County related to pollution is the Water Quality Protection Charge  and it has been found on residential property tax bills since 2002.    I have financial issues and don’t think I can afford to pay.  Property owners whose household income does not exceed 170% of the Federal poverty level or is  approved under the Maryland Energy Assistance Program for the current billing year are eligible for  a Hardship Exemption.  Apply online at
  24. 24. Watershed Management Watershed Management  Division  Stormwater Permit Coordination  Reporting, Monitoring, and Watershed Outreach  Stormwater Management Facilities  l  Inspections and Maintenance  W t h d R t ti Watershed Restoration  Stormwater Retrofits and  Stream Restoration  RainScapes  Construction Management g  Oversees project construction  Administers contracts and procurement  25
  25. 25. Monitoring • Evaluates biological  resource/stream  habitat conditions   Rate streams as  excellent, good, fair,  poor   Help set priority  watersheds for  Capital Improvement  Program to address  stream degradation   Project effectiveness  in Special Protection  Areas 26
  26. 26. S F ili Stormwater Facility  Maintenance  Over 7,000 structures currently  Inspect all stormwater structures  once every three years  Perform maintenance on County  Owned facilities through contractors  Provide for stormwater facility  transfer to the County’s Maintenance  program 27
  27. 27. S R i Stream Restoration Before – sediment and poorly defined stream channel 28 Turkey Branch After Completion 28
  28. 28. / ESD/LID Retrofits Dennis Ave Health Center Bioretention Cell White oak Library Tree Boxes 29 29
  29. 29. ESD/LID: Roadside swales  Upper Paint Branch 30 30
  30. 30. ESD/LID: Green Streets 31
  31. 31. ESD/LID: RainScapes ESD/LID: RainScapes  RainScapes Rewards Rebates         Rain Gardens Conservation Landscaping Urban Tree Canopy Permeable Pavers Pavement Removal Green Roofs Water Harvesting o o  Cisterns  Rain Barrels  Dry Wells  RainScapes Neighborhoods Community based  Percent =Contractor‐installed projects  Measurable goal and monitoring   RainScapes for Schools (MCPS)  RainScapes for Landscape Professionals  RainScapes Partnerships with Watershed Groups 32
  32. 32. ESD/LID: RainScapes Rewards  Receive up to $1,200 per Household!   Business and churches, etc are included  with rebates up to $5,000!  t ebates up to $5,000!  Anyone interested in the RainScapes  program can visit our website: g y yg / p • e‐mail: 33
  33. 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. 34. B C ti ! Be Creative! 35
  35. 35. Private home ‐ Before and After RainScapes Rewards Stormwater 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. 36. Homeowners Association (HOA) – Before and after  RainScapes Rewards Please Note: Project needs to be pre-approved by the RainScapes program in order to qualify for rebate. 37
  37. 37. What are some things you can  do to prevent these issues?  38
  38. 38. What You Can Do to protect our What You Can Do to protect our  streams?  Start today!  Dispose of pet waste properly  Eliminate unnecessary lawn fertilizers    Reduce trash  Recycle  Be kind, don’t litter  Pl t   T Plant a Tree  Report issues to DEP via 3‐1‐1 39
  39. 39. Reporting Issues to DEP  Illegal dumping  Illicit discharge‐something mysterious coming out of a  pipe i  Construction discharge  Oil &  Oil & grease in water  i    Stream erosion  Fi h kill   Fish kills   Montgomery County Customer Service Center at 3‐1‐1 40
  40. 40. Step it Up!   Compost and grasscycle  Disconnect your downspout  Encourage your property manager or Home Owners Association to  use green practices  Learn about the RainsScapes Rebate program  Participate in a RainScapes workshop RainScapes Rain Barrel Workshop  Friday, April 12, 2013 or  Saturday April 13, 2013   Conservation Landscape Workshop  Friday, May 31, 2013 or   Saturday, June 1, 2013 Both workshops are held at Brookside gardens in Wheaton, MD from 10am to  B h  k h    h ld   B k id   d  i  Wh  MD f       1pm  41
  41. 41. Step it Up! (continued)  At home, plant native trees and native plants  Consider installing a RainScapes practice and  submit an application to the RainScapes Rebate  program  Install a RainScapes practice p p  Encourage people to use RainScapes techniques 42
  42. 42. V l t &B L d Volunteer & Become a Leader  Local watershed groups  Groups that protect the environment  Plant native trees and stream buffers  Install storm drain markers  Participate in clean‐ups  Local governments       Montgomery Parks DEP DOT City of Rockville City of Gaithersburg WSSC  Create your own group  if one  Create your own group, if one  doesn’t exist in your community   43
  43. 43. Watershed Groups   Eyes of Paint Branch  Friends of Cabin John Creek  Watershed bi j h /f j  Friends of Sligo Creek  Muddy Branch Alliance  Neighbors of Northwest Branch  Rock Creek Conservancy y g  Little Falls Watershed Alliance, Inc. 44
  44. 44. St D i M k ! Storm Drain Markers!  45
  45. 45. Share with others!  Share information with your family, friends, and coworkers.  Next family, friend, work gathering   Via Facebook  post a tidbit or talk about your volunteer efforts Via Facebook, post a tidbit or talk about your volunteer efforts  Via Twitter   Via Instagram  Bl   b Blog about your experience (personal blog or at      i  ( l bl or other community blog site)  Show off your RainScapes practice!   Brown bag lunch at work/club/congregation 46
  46. 46. Make it Fun, Set Goals.   Challenge yourself/friends/family  Volunteer “x” hours with DEP or a local group, double it next year!   Plant “x” number of native trees and native plants at home or with a  Plant  x  number of native trees and native plants at home or with a  group, next year increase your number.   Pick up “x” pounds of trash in your community per year!   Pl    bl k/ i hb h d  t Plan a block/neighborhood party Did you know: k  Organize an event in your community  Make it a competition or a game p g  … what else can you think of?  Studies have shown that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and l f ti l bilit d lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. - Corporation for National Community Service 47
  47. 47. Stream Stewards Volunteer  Program  Volunteers will help with   Educating the community  Outreach events  Fi di   Finding outreach opportunities  h  ii   48
  48. 48. Volunteer Opportunities  Watershed Ambassadors  Watershed Speakers  Watershed Keepers  Stream Monitoring Volunteer Internships 49
  49. 49. Volunteer Benefits  Meet people with similar interests  Recognition  Professional growth  Personal satisfaction  Earn Student Service Learning Hours (SSL)  As a volunteer, you are eligible to use Montgomery  County Employee Federal Credit Union  C t  E l  F d l C dit U i    Most important:  Have Fun! 50
  50. 50. Volunteer Responsibilities  Be punctual  Dress appropriately, keep an eye out for:   Ripped clothing  Clothing with offensive language or displays of  alcohol/tobacco   Exposed midriff/tops   Sweat or stretch pants  S eat o st etc pa ts  Excessively short, tight or revealing clothing   Let us know if you are no longer interested in being a  y g g volunteer and return supplies provided by DEP. 51
  51. 51. Age Requirements  We accept volunteers of all ages!   Anyone younger than 13 years old needs to be  accompanied by a parent or guardian. i d b         di  Parent or guardian can be a volunteer or stand by and  watch.   watch    52
  52. 52. Student Service Learning Hours  The Stream Stewards Program is an SSL approved  program. S d Students have to sign‐in and sign‐out.  h     i i   d  i  We will have copies of SSL forms at events.  S d Students will have to complete 2 forms and leave one    ill h     l    f   d l     behind for our records.  If not  we will mail a copy of the form to student’s  If not, we will mail a copy of the form to student s  home.  53
  53. 53. Volunteer timesheets  Everyone signs‐in and  signs‐out  Th   i The timesheets are used  h     d  to track volunteer hours  Recognition 54
  54. 54. Resources o o at o suc as: For information such as:   Local watershed groups g y y g p p tent/dep/water/localgroups.asp  Regional  and national groups  General information  Living a Green Life:  My Green Montgomery  55
  55. 55. Questions? Save our Streams! Ana Arriaza Watershed Volunteer Coordinator 240-777-7778