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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is to enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County's air, water, and land in a sustainable way while fostering smart growth, a thriving economy, and healthy communities.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Department of Environmental Protection is $33,111,860, an increase of $1,161,328 or 3.63 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $31,950,532. Personnel Costs comprise 36.13 percent of the budget for 92 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 108.40 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 63.87 percent of the FY21 budget.

The debt service for the Water Quality Protection Fund is appropriated in the Debt Service Fund and is, therefore, not displayed in this section. To pay for the debt service, a transfer of funds from the Water Quality Protection Fund to the Debt Service Fund of $8,172,350 is required in FY21 for Water Quality Protection Bonds.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.

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Initiatives

  • Expand the use of grants issued through the Chesapeake Bay Trust to local watershed organizations. These grants provide funds to many local partners to implement watershed improvement projects that target the reduction of pollutants from private properties.

  • Increase funding from the Tree Canopy Fund to allow an additional 550 trees to be planted on private property through the Tree Montgomery Program. This initiative allows for credit under the MS4 permit as well as helps address issues related to adapting to climate change impacts.

  • Provide funding for targeted outreach to property owners with wells or septic systems, reminding them of proper maintenance and informing them of what County services are available.

  • Add funding for outreach surrounding the County's pesticide law, which restricts what kinds of pesticides may be used in the County.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Successfully reorganized the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with a focus on operational efficiency. This includes integrating all watershed management functions within DEP into the Watershed Restoration Division, centrally managing enterprise functions such as procurement, IT and budget, and reorienting the focus of the previous Solid Waste Division to be focused on movement towards zero waste.

  • Developed a Geographic Information System (GIS) Suitability Model to create science-based geographic targeting maps for implementing stormwater management best management practices (BMPs) and other DEP programs. These targeting maps will guide the County's efforts to meet future MS4 permit requirements, achieve biological uplift, ensure project longevity, and address environmental justice issues.

  • Re-developed the Tree Montgomery database to manage all aspects of the Tree Montgomery Program, including customer applications, planting locations and tree species, ordering with the planting contractor, inspections and invoicing, and coordinating after-care services. The total number of trees planted through the program increased significantly by mid-year, earning impervious area restoration credits under the MS4 permit.

  • Relocate Department of Environmental Protection offices to Wheaton as part of a Countywide initiative to centralize government services to support business growth and development. This move was planned as part of the Wheaton Redevelopment Program, which will encourage private reinvestment in Wheaton through targeted, complementary public investment.

Program Descriptions

  Watershed Restoration

The Watershed Management Operations Division manages, inspects, and ensures the operational effectiveness of over 16,000 stormwater management facilities, and is also responsible for the structural maintenance of over 5,000 of these facilities. The Watershed Management Operations Division supports watershed-based monitoring, planning, policy development, and reporting to achieve County stream protection...

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  Energy, Climate and Compliance

The Division of Environmental Policy and Compliance develops and implements integrated programs which protect and enhance the County's environmental resources and promote sustainable practices by residents, businesses, and the County government. The division analyzes, develops, and implements programs related to air quality, energy conservation and renewable energy, forest and tree...

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  Administration

The Office of the Director provides leadership on policy development, implementation, and administration for all departmental programs and management services. The Director's Office is also responsible for planning, development, and administration of water supply and wastewater policies for the County, as well as development of the State-required Montgomery County Comprehensive...

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Program Contacts

Contact Patrice Bubar of the Department of Environmental Protection at 240.777.7786 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1178617.001584064.00 1418054.00 1636408.003.3
Employee Benefits411191.00505077.00 431608.00 467472.00-7.5
County General Fund Personnel Costs1589808.002089141.00 1849662.00 2103880.000.7
Operating Expenses756243.001035004.00 1211924.00 1436890.0038.8
County General Fund Expenditures2346051.003124145.00 3061586.00 3540770.0013.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time46.0046.00 46.00 46.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs16.5016.70 16.70 16.29-2.5
REVENUES
Other Charges/Fees3137.0060400.00 60400.00 60400.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures15900.0015000.00 15000.00 15000.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits20025.0010000.00 20000.00 20000.00100.0
Tree Canopy847000.00500000.00 500000.00 500000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues886062.00585400.00 595400.00 595400.001.7
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages6533355.007476220.00 6961451.00 7543768.000.9
Employee Benefits1925643.002456943.00 2122272.00 2316419.00-5.7
Water Quality Protection Fund Personnel Costs8458998.009933163.00 9083723.00 9860187.00-0.7
Operating Expenses16920414.0018893224.00 19093224.00 19710903.004.3
Water Quality Protection Fund Expenditures25379412.0028826387.00 28176947.00 29571090.002.6
PERSONNEL
Full-Time45.0046.00 46.00 46.000.0
Part-Time0.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs91.4793.17 93.17 92.11-1.1
REVENUES
Bag Tax2566990.002471921.00 2471921.00 2500000.001.1
Investment Income808871.00934070.00 934070.00 750000.00-19.7
Other Charges/Fees391310.0050000.00 50000.00 47500.00-5.0
Water Quality Protection Charge38307412.0037515190.00 37767816.00 39175960.004.4
Water Quality Protection Fund Revenues42074583.0040971181.00 41223807.00 42473460.003.7
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures27725463.0031950532.00 31238533.00 33111860.003.6
Total Full-Time Positions91.0092.00 92.00 92.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions0.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs107.97109.87 109.87 108.40-1.3
Total Revenues42960645.0041556581.00 41819207.00 43068860.003.6
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment333080.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED333080.00
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Wheaton Redevelopment Project Operating Budget Impacts [Watershed Restoration]5373430.00
Increase Cost: Watershed Montintoring [Watershed Restoration]1513500.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment1259610.00
Technical Adj: Property Tax Billing Chargeback from Finance [Watershed Restoration]-99200.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED8047340.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Administration10739605.2613913666.85
Energy, Climate and Compliance211688511.4413994049.44
Watershed Restoration2875968793.173032109092.11
Total31950532109.8733111860108.40
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY20
Total$
FY20
FTES
FY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
CIPCapital Fund258097119.20249475018.35
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended3541.0000003541.0000003541.0000003541.0000003541.0000003541.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY210.000000-138.000000-138.000000-138.000000-138.000000-138.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY21 will be eliminated from the base in the outyears. In FY21, this represents IT equipment for the Wheaton Office Building and outreach related to the County's pesticide law.
Labor Contracts0.0000003.0000003.0000003.0000003.0000003.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Stormwater Management Retrofit: Countywide (P808726)0.0000000.000000150.000000150.000000150.000000150.000000
Subtotal Expenditures3541.0000003406.0000003556.0000003556.0000003556.0000003556.000000
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended29571.00000029571.00000029571.00000029571.00000029571.00000029571.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY210.000000-27.000000-27.000000-27.000000-27.000000-27.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY21 will be eliminated from the base in the outyears. In FY21, this represents IT equipment for the Wheaton Office Building.
Building Lease Operating Budget Impacts0.000000-733.000000-733.000000-733.000000-733.000000-733.000000
Reduction of lease costs in FY21 - FY25 to reflect move to Wheaton in Fall 2020
Wheaton Building Operating Costs0.0000007.0000007.0000007.00000014.00000014.000000
Labor Contracts0.00000028.00000028.00000028.00000028.00000028.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures29571.00000028846.00000028846.00000028846.00000028853.00000028853.000000
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