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Program Description

  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 County Code Chapter 19, Article IV) and comply with the Federal Clean Water Act NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. Staff conduct 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 BMPs that mitigate those impacts within the County's designated "Special Protection Areas." The Division implements programs to extend stewardship and BMPs beyond streams and facilities by targeting private property owners. These programs include Tree Montgomery (Chapter 55, Article 3), RainScapes, and pet waste. The Division oversees the carry out bag tax program, which helps address issues with litter in streams.

The Watershed Restoration Division successfully implements these programs through extensive partnerships with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Maryland Department of the Environment; Maryland Department of Agriculture; Montgomery County Public Schools; Montgomery County Departments of Transportation and General Services; Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission; the Towns of Chevy Chase, Kensington, Somerset and Poolesville; the Villages of Chevy Chase and Friendship Heights; watershed organizations; homeowner associations; businesses; and private property owners. The long-term goal is to protect and improve water resources for Montgomery County residents and the Chesapeake Bay.

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. Revenue from the carry out bag tax is also provided to support these programs.

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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.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Pounds of sediment reduced (thousands)4,3868,8659,88711,49413,358
Percent of stormwater management triennial inspections completed 1100%94%90%95%100%
Percent of stormwater management facility maintenance work orders completed91%82%89%90%100%
Amount of total phosphorus loads reduced or controlled (pounds / year) 29,44612,10113,08914,07815,066
Percent of the impervious acreage control goal met100%100%100%100%100%
Amount of total nitrogen loads reduced or controlled (pounds / year) 321,35824,44325,88027,31728,754
1  Does not include triennial inspections of BMPs on Single Family Residential (SFR) properties, which are covered under a separate inspection program.
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.
3  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

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved3043584295.05
Increase Cost: Increase for M-NCPPC Programs 2444410.00
Add: Inspections and Maintenance of Facilities Transferred from General Services2330000.00
Add: Inspections and Maintenance of Stream Restorations for New MS4 Permit Requirements1620000.00
Add: Maintenance of Glenmont GreenStreet1500000.00
Add: Position and Funding for RainScapes Program (Planning Specialist III)1265781.00
Increase Cost: Eight Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts782610.00
Add: Position for MS4-related Stream Inspections765781.00
Add: Funding for Senior Engineer (Assigned to the Office of Agriculture)629891.00
Increase Cost: Watershed Grants500000.00
Add: Contract Costs for Information Technology Service System260000.00
Increase Cost: Council of Governments Dues20000.00
Add: Partial Shift of Street Sweeping Budget from Operating Costs to Personnel Costs00.68
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.221270-0.95
FY23 Approved3186895997.78