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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.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY18 Operating Budget for the Department of Environmental Protection is $30,271,992, an increase of $2,259,842 or 8.07 percent from the FY17 Approved Budget of $28,012,150. Personnel Costs comprise 36.92 percent of the budget for 99 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 107.97 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 63.08 percent of the FY18 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 $6,146,000 for Water Quality Protection bonds is required in FY18.

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

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government


Department 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 FY17 estimates reflect funding based on the FY17 approved budget. The FY18 and FY19 figures are performance targets based on the FY18 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY19.


  • Prepared and submitted the draft 2017 Montgomery County Comprehensive Water Supply and Sewerage Systems Plan to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

  • Updated the Water Quality Protection Charge (WQPC) legislation to more directly align with stormwater management permitting requirements, address issues raised by property owners regarding the volume of stormwater runoff treated, and allow up to a 100 percent credit of the WQPC.

  • Provided extensive outreach and education to support building owners in complying with the County's Commercial Energy Benchmarking Law. Supported, in partnership with the Department of Finance, the construction of the first Commercial Pace (C-PACE) project in the County. The Shady Grove Professional Building and Comfort Inn Shady Grove project includes energy efficiency, weatherization, and lighting upgrades.

  • Launched Phase II of the Bag Disposal Fee Outreach Campaign distributing 50,000 reusable bags to the public.

  • Hosted the 2nd annual Montgomery County GreenFest with more than 1,250 attendees, more than 100 vendors and exhibitors, environmental films, and a keynote speech by the EPA Administrator.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The budget includes enhancements to the department's billing and invoicing functions in the growing program area of stormwater managment capital projects by providing an additional Office Services Coordinator (OSC).
  • The budget includes two new positions to address requirements in State law in the area of inspection and maintenance of Environmental Site Design (ESD) installations on public and private property as part of the County's stormwater management program.
  • Established the Residential Energy program to assist residents, including low-income residents, reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions through implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

  • Automated the application processes for the Water Quality Protection Charge credits, RainScapes Rebates, and Tree Montgomery programs.

  • Improved approval process for the Water Quality Protection Charge credit program for residential properties with permitted Environmental Site Design (ESD). This positions the department to more efficiently take treatment credit under the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and allows for a seamless application process for the homeowner.

Program Descriptions

  Watershed Management Operations

The Watershed Management Operations Division manages, inspects, and ensures the operational effectiveness of over 11,000 stormwater management facilities, and is also responsible for the structural maintenance of over 3,700 of these facilities.

The Watershed Management Operations Division supports watershed-based monitoring, planning, policy development, and reporting to achieve County stream protection goals (Montgomery County Code Chapter 19, Article IV) and comply with the federal Clean Water Act NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS-4) permit. Program staff conducts baseline stream monitoring, storm drain discharge monitoring, and public outreach activities that increase awareness and promote citizen involvement in stream stewardship. The program also assesses land development impacts on water resources and the effectiveness of best management practices that mitigate those impacts within the County's designated "Special Protection Areas."

Revenue for this program is generated by the Water Quality Protection Charge, applied to all residential and non-residential properties except for those owned by the State and County government and in the cities of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Percent of the nitrogen pollution reduction goal met15.2217.7420.9023.9527.80
Percent of the phosphorous pollution reduction goal met38.5947.1354.7965.1275.44
Percent of the impervious acreage control goal met45.750.957.7768.7479.71
County watershed stream quality Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) score59.961.061.862.663.3
Stormwater facility maintenance compliance rate9288898989

  Environmental Policy 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 resources, and other sustainability issues. The division also helps formulate and enforce County laws and regulations related to air and water pollution, illegal dumping, noise control, pesticides and other environmental issues. Finally, the division is responsible for environmental monitoring of the County's solid waste facilities; coordination of responses on all legislative referrals at the local, state, and federal levels; and participation on local and regional task forces, committees, and various advisory groups.

Program Performance MeasuresActual
Average number of days to resolve incoming complaints2827282828
Percent of customers who rated themselves as satisfied with DEP response to environmental complaints 177.6N/A75.075.075.0
Non-residential building energy use (Million British Thermal Units) (000s) 233,31631,67231,45731,43131,330
Residential building energy use (Million British Thermal Units) (000s) 339,73134,09733,27433,30732,730
1  FY16 numbers are not fully available due to a system malfunction that failed to send out electronic email customer surveys. The system malfunction has been corrected.
2  Projections are made based on the average annual change in consumption over the previous five years.
3  Projections are made based on the average annual change in consumption over the previous five years.


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 Water Supply and Sewerage System Plan, in order to ensure that the County's management of water and wastewater protects public health and the environment. The Director's Office generates the Water Quality Protection Charge revenue and rate and manages integration of the Water Quality Protection Charge funds, bond issuance funds, and other County funds with program and permit requirements. The Director's office provides IT, including geographical information systems and services, procurement, budget, human resources, and other management services to implement capital and non-capital programs.

Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Patty Bubar of the Department of Environmental Protection at 240.777.7786 or Trevor Lobaugh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2763 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages1196965.001422015.00 1280947.00 1485476.004.5
Employee Benefits417232.00469294.00 420080.00 500671.006.7
County General Fund Personnel Costs1614197.001891309.00 1701027.00 1986147.005.0
Operating Expenses823768.00845965.00 869845.00 921196.008.9
Capital Outlay5831.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures2443796.002737274.00 2570872.00 2907343.006.2
Full-Time43.0046.00 46.00 46.000.0
Part-Time2.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs15.0916.50 16.50 16.500.0
Other Charges/Fees74617.0062550.00 35550.00 47000.00-24.9
Other Fines/Forfeitures7025.0010000.00 10000.00 10000.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits9700.006000.00 6000.00 8000.0033.3
Tree Canopy676525.00500000.00 500000.00 500000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues767867.00578550.00 551550.00 565000.00-2.3
Salaries and Wages5718254.006450122.00 6389460.00 6908379.007.1
Employee Benefits1879632.002163220.00 1964324.00 2281450.005.5
Water Quality Protection Fund Personnel Costs7597886.008613342.00 8353784.00 9189829.006.7
Operating Expenses14887987.0016661534.00 16718315.00 18174820.009.1
Capital Outlay29826.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Water Quality Protection Fund Expenditures22515699.0025274876.00 25072099.00 27364649.008.3
Full-Time50.0050.00 50.00 53.006.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs86.6988.76 88.76 91.473.1
Bag Tax2471921.002280000.00 2471921.00 2471921.008.4
Investment Income69878.0091130.00 137520.00 235750.00158.7
Other Charges/Fees106288.00200000.00 1090000.00 565000.00182.5
Water Quality Protection Charge30806226.0034530616.00 34548261.00 37501846.008.6
Water Quality Protection Fund Revenues33454313.0037101746.00 38247702.00 40774517.009.9
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
Operating Expenses128552.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures128552.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
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
Other Intergovernmental40000.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants88252.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues128252.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total Expenditures25088047.0028012150.00 27642971.00 30271992.008.1
Total Full-Time Positions93.0096.00 96.00 99.003.1
Total Part-Time Positions2.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs101.78105.26 105.26 107.972.6
Total Revenues34350432.0037680296.00 38799252.00 41339517.009.7
FY18 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Public Outreach Funding for Bill 52-14 (Pesticides Prohibition) [Environmental Policy and Compliance]1250000.00
Enhance: Annualization of FY17 Lapsed Positions906190.00
Reduce: Lapse adjustment-547460.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment659540.00
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment347960.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs134730.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment76060.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases30900.00
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail-22220.00
Decrease Cost: Operating Expense Reductions [Environmental Policy and Compliance]-83410.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY17-1051600.00
FY18 APPROVED290734316.50
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Inspections of New Stormwater Management Facilities4500000.00
Enhance: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Stormwater Management program [Watershed Management Operations]2776280.00
Enhance: Growth in Rainscapes Rebates for Property Owners1100000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Operating Budget Impacts of CIP Projects11240000.00
Increase Cost: FY18 Compensation Adjustment1274070.00
Shift: Staff realignment from Solid Waste Services to Water Quality Protection Fund for environmental planning work (i.e. Countywide Water and Sewer Plan, Ten Year Environmental Plan) [Watershed Management Operations]1135020.71
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Personnel Costs1036920.00
Increase Cost: Increase in Stream Monitoring costs875000.00
Increase Cost: Building Rent Escalation351800.00
Increase Cost: Charges from the Department of Transportation [Watershed Management Operations]331980.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY17 Compensation Increases272740.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment130840.00
Increase Cost: Operating Expenses for new Office Services Coordinator - watershed management division billing and administrative support [Watershed Management Operations]14420.00
Technical Adj: County staff to oversee program to inspect and maintain Environmental Site Design (ESD) facilities on public and private properties as required by current State stormwater management law [Watershed Management Operations]02.00
Decrease Cost: Printing and Mail-24150.00
Decrease Cost: Charges from the Department of Finance [Watershed Management Operations]-151390.00
Decrease Cost: United States Geological Survey (USGS) Water Quality Monitoring contract [Watershed Management Operations]-738300.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY17-988800.00
Decrease Cost: Align stream restoration and maintenance program costs with prior year actuals [Watershed Management Operations]-1086510.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-1152190.00
FY18 APPROVED2736464991.47
Program Summary
Program NameFY17 APPR
Watershed Management Operations2511396387.762729795091.47
Environmental Policy and Compliance207962412.44211683511.44
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY17
CIPCapital Fund305951226.20330285327.20
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY18 Approved2907.0000002907.0000002907.0000002907.0000002907.0000002907.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY180.000000-70.000000-70.000000-70.000000-70.000000-70.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY18, including one-time general program reductions in FY18 and outreach and education funds related to Bill 52-14, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures2907.0000002843.0000002843.0000002843.0000002843.0000002843.000000
FY18 Approved27365.00000027365.00000027365.00000027365.00000027365.00000027365.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY180.00000055.00000055.00000055.00000055.00000055.000000
New positions in the FY18 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY180.000000-4.000000-4.000000-4.000000-4.000000-4.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY18, including first year operating expenses associated with new positions, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Building Rent Escalation0.00000072.000000150.0000000.0000000.0000000.000000
Increase in lease costs for DEP offices.
Operating Budget Impacts of CIP Projects0.0000000.0000000.000000935.000000706.000000706.000000
These figures represent the Operating Budget Impacts of Stormwater Management projects in the FY17-22 CIP.
Program Growth0.0000000.000000500.000000750.0000001500.0000002500.000000
These figures represent the anticipated increase of personnel and operating expenses related to an increase in Water Quality Protection initiatives, including the MS4 program.
Wheaton Redevelopment Project Operating Budget Impacts0.0000000.000000348.0000001975.0000001959.0000001935.000000
These figures represent the total impact (debt service, operating expenses net of lease savings) of the Wheaton Redevelopment project on the Water Quality Protection Fund.
Labor Contracts0.00000040.00000040.00000040.00000040.00000040.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures27365.00000027528.00000028454.00000031116.00000031621.00000032597.000000
Annualization of Personnel Costs and FTEs
TitleFY18 Approved FY19 Annualized
Program Manager II - Inspections of privately owned Environmental Site Design (ESD) facilities 750411.001027641.00
Program Manager II - Inspections of publically owned Environmental Site Design (ESD) facilities750411.001027641.00