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Program Description

  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 goals (Montgomery County Code Chapter 19, Article IV) and comply with the federal Clean Water Act NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) 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 those in the cities of Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park.

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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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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Pounds of sediment reduced (thousands) 1N/A5329841,8302,212
Pounds of nitrogen reduced 2N/A4631,2742,1703,000
Percent of stormwater management triennial inspections completed 395%64%95%
Percent of stormwater management facility maintenance work orders completed93%82%99%
1  FY19 shows the beginning of an anticipated new MS4 Permit requirement for nitrogen reduction. Past performance data no available as this is a new permit requirement. MDE does not anticipate issuing a permit until Summer 2020. However, DEP continues to implement restoration projects based on the approved CIP budget. These projects will contribute to the success of the new permit when it is issued.
2  FY19 shows the beginning of an anticipated new MS4 Permit requirement for nitrogen reduction. Past performance data no available as this is a new permit requirement. MDE does not anticipate issuing a permit until Summer 2020. However, DEP continues to implement restoration projects based on the approved CIP budget. These projects will contribute to the success of the new permit when it is issued.
3  Does not include triennial inspections of BMPs on Single Family Residential (SFR) properties, which are covered under a separate inspection program.
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Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved2875968793.17
Increase Cost: Wheaton Redevelopment Project Operating Budget Impacts5373430.00
Increase Cost: Watershed Montintoring1513500.00
Technical Adj: Property Tax Billing Chargeback from Finance-99200.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.882630-1.06
FY21 Recommended3032109092.11