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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 approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Department of Environmental Protection is $32,971,974, an increase of $215,214 or 0.66 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $32,756,760. Personnel Costs comprise 36.88 percent of the budget for 97 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 109.90 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 63.12 percent of the FY22 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

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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 FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.

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Initiatives

  • Initiate a County-wide anti-litter campaign. Based on a pilot in White Oak, the goal of the outreach effort is to reduce material and debris entering the County's sewers and waterways.
  • Increase funding for Watershed Grants and RainScapes, the demand for which exceeds available funding. The programs help the County make progress on stormwater management and runoff goals on private property.
  • Extensive outreach to property owners with septic systems to assist them with understanding the need to clean the systems and the benefits to groundwater and surface water quality from these efforts.
  • Add a new position to enhance enforcement of the laws and regulations the Department of Environmental Protection is tasked with enforcing, such as the bans on polystyrene, single-use plastic straws, and the bag tax.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The compliance rate of commercial property owners reporting energy usage under the County's benchmarking law increased from 58% to 91% for the 2017 to 2019 reporting periods through enhanced outreach and education as well as follow up with the property owners. Properties that have consistently benchmarked during this time period have reported reduced energy use equivalent to an estimated $3 million in utility cost savings.

  • Improved ability to plant trees on individual properties through one additional staff as well as enhanced procedures for interacting with the property owners (over 750 applications were processed under the Tree Montgomery program in FY20). Improved focus on planting of trees where canopy is lacking due to disturbance and development particularly in dense urban areas and areas where attention is needed to address equity issues. Tree plantings address the goal of greenhouse gas reduction.

  • Extensive outreach with residents and commercial property owners to improve energy efficiency of existing buildings and educate residents about clean energy, working to reach the County's goals of greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035.

  • Continued construction of stormwater management projects, in anticipation of receiving a new MS4 permit from Maryland Department of Environment. Continued outreach and support to property owners to allow for individual actions that contribute to improved water quality through pet waste pick up programs, rebates for RainScapes applications, and awarding of watershed improvement grants to local non-profit organizations.

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...

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  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...

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  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...

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Budget Trends
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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
FY20
Budget
FY21
Estimate
FY21
Approved
FY22
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1388633.001599669.00 1483913.00 1737926.008.6
Employee Benefits423243.00467472.00 407279.00 465752.00-0.4
County General Fund Personnel Costs1811876.002067141.00 1891192.00 2203678.006.6
Operating Expenses1183933.001291390.00 1291390.00 1287605.00-0.3
County General Fund Expenditures2995809.003358531.00 3182582.00 3491283.004.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time46.0046.00 46.00 49.006.5
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs16.7016.29 16.29 16.290.0
REVENUES
Other Charges/Fees62595.0060400.00 60400.00 60400.000.0
Other Fines/Forfeitures16400.0015000.00 15000.00 15000.000.0
Other Licenses/Permits25025.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Tree Canopy496000.00750000.00 750000.00 750000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues600020.00845400.00 845400.00 845400.000.0
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages6947060.007405384.00 6197491.00 7649003.003.3
Employee Benefits2088357.002316419.00 1958259.00 2306909.00-0.4
Water Quality Protection Fund Personnel Costs9035417.009721803.00 8155750.00 9955912.002.4
Operating Expenses18489059.0019676426.00 19402448.00 19524779.00-0.8
Water Quality Protection Fund Expenditures27524476.0029398229.00 27558198.00 29480691.000.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time46.0046.00 46.00 48.004.4
Part-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs93.1792.11 92.11 93.611.6
REVENUES
Bag Tax2618409.002500000.00 2500000.00 2500000.000.0
Investment Income755645.00750000.00 200000.00 300000.00-60.0
Other Charges/Fees78812.0047500.00 47500.00 47500.000.0
Water Quality Protection Charge38022503.0038993180.00 38993180.00 41137400.005.5
Water Quality Protection Fund Revenues41475369.0042290680.00 41740680.00 43984900.004.0
 
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 Expenditures30520285.0032756760.00 30740780.00 32971974.000.7
Total Full-Time Positions92.0092.00 92.00 97.005.4
Total Part-Time Positions1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs109.87108.40 108.40 109.901.4
Total Revenues42075389.0043136080.00 42586080.00 44830300.003.9
FY22 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION335853116.29
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs816640.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment447900.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment197010.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment131340.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-310.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-96180.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY21-168880.00
FY22 APPROVED349128316.29
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION2939822992.11
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Anti-litter Campaign [Watershed Restoration]1000000.00
Enhance: Watershed Grants [Watershed Restoration]1000000.00
Enhance: RainScapes Program [Watershed Restoration]1000000.00
Add: Program Manager for Tree and Forest Programs to Address Backlog and Proactively Add Trees to Underserved Areas [Energy, Climate and Compliance]770131.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment1432190.00
Increase Cost: Council of Governments Anacostia River Watershed Program [Watershed Restoration]880000.00
Increase Cost: Funding for Park and Planning Programming [Watershed Restoration]795180.00
Increase Cost: Finance Operating Expense Chargeback [Administration]674100.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment643550.00
Increase Cost: Inspection Service Program [Watershed Restoration]376970.00
Increase Cost: Complaince and Enforcement Position (Split with Disposal Fund) [Energy, Climate and Compliance]317640.50
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment281880.00
Increase Cost: Wheaton Building Operation Cost [Administration]70590.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-310.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-128140.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY21-265880.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs-694280.00
Shift: Chargeback for 255 Rockville Pike Lease [Administration]-7329000.00
FY22 APPROVED2948069193.61
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION00.00
FY22 APPROVED00.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Expenditures
FY21 APPR
FTEs
FY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
Administration12336276.8513138286.85
Energy, Climate and Compliance13749049.4412223048.00
Watershed Restoration3014822992.113043584295.05
Total32756760108.4032971974109.90
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
FY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
NDA - Climate Change PlanningGeneral Fund00.002502003.00
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
CIPCapital Fund249475018.35239474117.85
Total249475018.35264494120.85
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY22FY23FY24FY25FY26FY27
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved3491.0000003491.0000003491.0000003491.0000003491.0000003491.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000041.00000041.00000041.00000041.00000041.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures3491.0000003532.0000003532.0000003532.0000003532.0000003532.000000
 
WATER QUALITY PROTECTION FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved29481.00000029481.00000029481.00000029481.00000029481.00000029481.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY220.00000030.00000030.00000030.00000030.00000030.000000
New positions in the FY22 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 Contracts0.000000130.000000130.000000130.000000130.000000130.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures29481.00000029641.00000029641.00000029641.00000029641.00000029641.000000