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Program Description

  Watershed Management Operations

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 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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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Amount of total nitrogen loads reduced or controlled (pounds / year) 119,41422,11723,97825,84027,701
Amount of total phosphorus loads reduced or controlled (pounds / year) 28,54111,54713,04714,54816,048
County watershed stream quality Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) score60.462.463.163.964.7
Stormwater facility maintenance compliance rate79%87%89%89%89%
1  This measure has been modified to prepare to align with a new model based on guidance from the Maryland Department of the Environment to be consistent with other jurisdictions.
2  This measure has been modified to prepare to align with a new model based on guidance from the Maryland Department of the Environment to be consistent with other jurisdictions.
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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved2787876591.47
Increase Cost: M-NCPPC WQPF Allocation Increase893640.00
Increase Cost: Add Accountant III Position742691.00
Increase Cost: Increase in Agriculture Chargeback361870.00
Increase Cost: Add Part-time Planning Technician Position to Digitize Stormwater Facility Information297840.50
Increase Cost: Increased Cost for DOT Storm Drains Chargeback183390.00
Decrease Cost: Reduced Cost for Property Tax Billing Chargeback-19800.00
Shift: Annualization of ESRI Enterprise Agreement - Shift to DTS-178000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.6852580.20
FY20 Recommended2879218693.17