The Bureau of Resource Management was created in the spring of 2003. The new agency brought together staffs from stormwater management, forestry/landscaping and water resource planning. In the summer of 2004 the Commissioners adopted a floodplain management program and placed the responsibilities of implementation within the Bureau. During the fall of 2004 the Environmental Inspections Services Division was transferred into the Bureau. The Division's duties include Grading/Sediment Control implementation and the enforcement of all the Bureau's Code requirements. The Bureau staff is charged with the protection and management of water and forestry resources. Staff are involved in a wide range of activities including subdivision and site plan review, water supply development and protection, watershed restoration and protection, forest protection and enhancement, landscaping development and enhancement, floodplain management, stormwater management, sediment control, sinkhole protection and mitigation, program development, enforcement, and providing technical assistance to other County agencies, the municipalities, and general public. The work of the Bureau is a combination of County regulatory and State/Federal mandated programs. These programs are not only implemented in the County but also within the incorporated municipalities via the Town/County agreement or direct delegation.
Since natural resources respect no political boundaries, coordination and cooperation with neighboring jurisdictions and the State is necessary to meet Statewide and regional goals. The overall approach to resource protection the Bureau staff provides is a valuable asset to both Carroll County and the State of Maryland. Because of staff experience in many aspects of technical, administrative, and planning issues, they are regularly requested to assist in important, trendsetting programs and studies, which have State-wide or regional impacts.
The Bureau has focused on implementation of those updated and recently created natural resource management Chapters of the Carroll County Code. Those Chapters include Stormwater Management, Forest Conservation, Landscape Enhancement to Development, Water Resource Management, Floodplain Management, and Grading/Sediment Control. These management tools provide for the protection and enhancement of natural resources, while also ensuring safety to landowners and the public, maximizing efficient use of taxpayer dollars, and strengthening the economic viability of the County.Recent Accomplishments:
|Links to Other Resources|