Over the past several years; tree plantings, stormwater management pond retrofits, and watershed restoration projects have been the building blocks laid to establish the foundation for our Watershed Action Team - Environmental Restoration (WATER). WATER is being organized to help establish a joint effort between Carroll County Government, other governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and the citizens of Carroll County.
Carroll County is faced with many new challenges relating to protection of the environment; the renewal of our National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in 2010, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) establishment in watersheds throughout the County, and the pending Chesapeake Bay TMDL. To view the County's current NPDES Permit, click here. Also, check out this link to view the TMDL Map: TMDL Watershed Status. Each of these regulations specify requirements needed to reach goals established by EPA and the Maryland Department of the Environment; as well as deadlines to reach these goals. We can't do this alone. Each and every citizen of the County is affected by the outcome of these challenges; however, you can make a difference. Teaming up with other County residents to plant stream buffers on County and privately owned properties, cleaning up streams through stream walks, assessing existing watershed conditions, and monitoring streams are just a few ways in which you can help us accomplish these goals.
Look for our booth at community events scheduled throughout the County or continue to see what's happening by visiting this website. If you decide that you would like to play a role in protecting our environment contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 410-386-2506.
Volunteers are needed to help with stream buffer plantings, stream clean-up, stream assessments, adopt a stormwater facility project, educational outreach, and more. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or if you would like more information. Volunteers (youth, adults, and seniors) are needed and community groups are encouraged to help.