up
Budget Year / Version:
anchor
anchor

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.

anchor

Budget Overview

The total approved FY23 Operating Budget for the Department of Environmental Protection is $38,559,548, an increase of $5,587,574 or 16.95 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $32,971,974. Personnel Costs comprise 34.61 percent of the budget for 121 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 122.48 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 65.39 percent of the FY23 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 $9,202,649 for Water Quality Protection bonds is required in FY21.

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

anchor

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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

anchor

Initiatives

  • Add two positions to address flooding Countywide, including a general flood program manager and a mapping specialist. In addition, amend the CIP to create a new Flood Control Study project to investigate sub-watershed-level flooding solutions.

  • Provide funding and positions to implement a Building Energy Performance Standards program to improve energy efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, one of the largest emitters in the County. This is a cutting edge initiative on which Montgomery County is leading the way.
  • Add funding for climate justice efforts, engaging with minority and low-income communities to collaboratively solve locally-felt environmental problems. Funds are also added for the electrification and resiliency of low- and moderate-income housing.
  • Initiate enhanced inspection and maintenance of stream restorations and best management practices (BMPs), required under the newly-issued MS4 Permit.

anchor

Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Enhanced coordination and cooperation between General Services and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to allow for transfer of stormwater management facilities built by DGS to DEP for maintenance in a manner that reflects clear information on the condition of the assets. This allows for improved planning and budgeting to ensure these facilities are inspected and maintained.
  • Enhanced use of a social justice tool to guide placement of new stormwater management facilities and structures to address equity and ensure that water quality improvements are installed in an equitable manner.

Program Descriptions

  Watershed Restoration

The Watershed Restoration Division leads the County's efforts to improve stream health and water quality through the targeted planning, design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of best management practices (BMP) built to manage stormwater runoff. The Watershed Restoration Division supports watershed-based monitoring and reporting to achieve County stream protection goals (Montgomery...

Read More

  Energy, Climate and Compliance

The Energy, Climate, and Compliance Division enforces County laws and regulations related to air and water pollution, illegal dumping, noise control, pesticides, and other environmental laws. The division implements programs that educate and assist County residents with ensuring their properties are energy efficient. These programs include extensive outreach and assistance...

Read More

  Administration

The Office of the Director provides for overall management of departmental programs to ensure safe and efficient operations, including contract administration management for the department, continuity of operations, and oversight of operational programs at the County's waste management facilities (including the Transfer Station and Resource Recovery Facility). The Director's Office...

Read More
Budget Trends
anchor
Program Contacts

Contact Vicky Wan of the Department of Environmental Protection at 240.777.7722 or Richard H. Harris of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2795 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

Related Links
Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Approved
FY23
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1431719.001737926.00 1625533.00 2395047.0037.8
Employee Benefits396474.00465752.00 465752.00 630306.0035.3
County General Fund Personnel Costs1828193.002203678.00 2091285.00 3025353.0037.3
Operating Expenses1368705.001287605.00 1420605.00 4543695.00252.9
County General Fund Expenditures3196898.003491283.00 3511890.00 7569048.00116.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time46.0049.00 49.00 61.0024.5
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs16.2916.29 16.29 25.6457.4
REVENUES
Other Licenses/Permits14700.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Other Charges/Fees20469.0060400.00 60400.00 60400.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures15350.0015000.00 15000.00 15000.000.0
Tree Canopy594000.00750000.00 750000.00 750000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues644519.00845400.00 845400.00 845400.000.0
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages7059075.007649003.00 7331062.00 7816284.002.2
Employee Benefits1950527.002306909.00 2207745.00 2504815.008.6
Water Quality Protection Fund Personnel Costs9009602.009955912.00 9538807.00 10321099.003.7
Operating Expenses18978045.0019524779.00 19495779.00 20669401.005.9
Water Quality Protection Fund Expenditures27987647.0029480691.00 29034586.00 30990500.005.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time46.0048.00 48.00 60.0025.0
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs92.1193.61 93.61 96.843.5
REVENUES
Bag Tax2754404.002500000.00 2500000.00 2500000.000.0
Water Quality Protection Charge39974205.0041137400.00 41137400.00 43414720.005.5
Investment Income51440.00300000.00 300000.00 500000.0066.7
Other Charges/Fees360652.0047500.00 162979.00 47500.000.0
Water Quality Protection Fund Revenues43140701.0043984900.00 44100379.00 46462220.005.6
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages11613.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs11613.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses368119.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures379732.000.00 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
REVENUES
Federal Grants38551.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues38551.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures31564277.0032971974.00 32546476.00 38559548.0016.9
Total Full-Time Positions92.0097.00 97.00 121.0024.7
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs108.40109.90 109.90 122.4811.4
Total Revenues43823771.0044830300.00 44945779.00 47307620.005.5
FY23 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION349128316.29
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Building Energy Performance Standards Support [Energy, Climate and Compliance]10136744.00
Add: Funding for New Appliance Electrification Incentive Program [Energy, Climate and Compliance]10000000.00
Add: Efficiency & Climate Resiliency Pilot Program for Low- and Moderate-Income Housing [Energy, Climate and Compliance]6750000.00
Add: Community Justice Academy and Fund [Energy, Climate and Compliance]3000000.00
Add: Consultant Support for Sustainability Zoning and Code Review and Recommendations [Energy, Climate and Compliance]1500000.00
Add: Broadscale Climate + Alert Montgomery Communication Campaign [Energy, Climate and Compliance]1500000.00
Add: High Road Economic Development Implementation [Energy, Climate and Compliance]1327491.00
Add: Incentives for Electrification of Lawn Care Equipment [Energy, Climate and Compliance]1000000.00
Add: Flooding GIS Specialist [Energy, Climate and Compliance]860801.00
Add: Residential Energy Program Manager [Energy, Climate and Compliance]765781.00
Add: Manager of County Flood Program [Energy, Climate and Compliance]765781.00
Add: Position for Natural Climate Solutions [Energy, Climate and Compliance]757821.00
Add: Agrivoltaic Technical Assistance [Energy, Climate and Compliance]500000.00
Add: Project Equity Worker Coop Implementation [Energy, Climate and Compliance]500000.00
Add: Decision Support Tool License [Energy, Climate and Compliance]200000.00
Enhance: Professional Career/Skill Development - General Fund [Administration]200000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Shift: Reallocation of Positions Based on Actual Work Activities - General Fund [Administration]461400.35
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases410500.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment263490.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Administration]229670.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs219420.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment28030.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-252470.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-346800.00
FY23 APPROVED756904825.64
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION2948069193.61
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Inspections and Maintenance of Facilities Transferred from General Services [Watershed Restoration]2330000.00
Add: Inspections and Maintenance of Stream Restorations for New MS4 Permit Requirements [Watershed Restoration]1620000.00
Add: Maintenance of Glenmont GreenStreet [Watershed Restoration]1500000.00
Add: Position and Funding for RainScapes Program (Planning Specialist III) [Watershed Restoration]1265781.00
Add: Support for Digital and Media Outreach Efforts [Administration]1000000.00
Add: Position for MS4-related Stream Inspections [Watershed Restoration]765781.00
Add: Funding for Senior Engineer (Assigned to the Office of Agriculture) [Watershed Restoration]629891.00
Enhance: Professional Career/Skill Development - WQPF [Administration]500000.00
Add: Contract Costs for Information Technology Service System [Watershed Restoration]260000.00
Add: Partial Shift of Street Sweeping Budget from Operating Costs to Personnel Costs [Watershed Restoration]00.68
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Increase for M-NCPPC Programs [Watershed Restoration]2444410.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases1300120.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment872910.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Watershed Restoration]782610.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment630050.00
Increase Cost: Watershed Grants [Watershed Restoration]500000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Lapsed Positions304340.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment21400.00
Increase Cost: Council of Governments Dues [Watershed Restoration]20000.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-389730.00
Shift: Reallocation of Positions Based on Actual Work Activities - WQPF [Administration]-56664-0.45
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-692830.00
FY23 APPROVED3099050096.84
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION00.00
FY23 APPROVED00.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 APPR
Expenditures
FY23 APPR
FTEs
Administration13138286.8516641329.70
Energy, Climate and Compliance12223048.00502645715.00
Watershed Restoration3043584295.053186895997.78
Total32971974109.9038559548122.48
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
FY23
Total$
FY23
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
NDA - Climate Change PlanningGeneral Fund2502003.002830213.00
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
CIPCapital Fund239474117.85248985718.40
Total264494120.85277287821.40
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Approved7569.0000007569.0000007569.0000007569.0000007569.0000007569.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY230.000000236.000000236.000000236.000000236.000000236.000000
New positions in the FY23 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 FY230.000000-200.000000-200.000000-200.000000-200.000000-200.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including funding for agrivoltaic technical assistance and a climate-related zoning and code review, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.00000095.00000095.00000095.00000095.00000095.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures7569.0000007699.0000007699.0000007699.0000007699.0000007699.000000
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Approved30991.00000030991.00000030991.00000030991.00000030991.00000030991.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY230.00000070.00000070.00000070.00000070.00000070.000000
New positions in the FY23 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.
Labor Contracts0.000000270.000000270.000000270.000000270.000000270.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures30991.00000031331.00000031331.00000031331.00000031331.00000031331.000000