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1 Municipalities & Designated Growth Areas

2 6- & 8-Digit Watershed Boundaries

3 Water Resource Management Brief History 1976 – Union Mills Reservoir Project Application was not rejected, rather the State Department of Natural Resources requested additional hydrogeologic study of ground water resources. Decision deferred until ground water resources are exhausted and surface water resources needed (Year 2000)

4 1979 County Commissioners appointed 1979 County Commissioners appointed Water Resource Study Committee Water Resource Study Committee 1981 – Phase I Study 1981 – Phase I Study 1983 – Phase II Study 1983 – Phase II Study 1988 Carroll County Water Resources 1988 Carroll County Water Resources Study Completed ($400,000) Study Completed ($400,000)

5 In 1988, after several attempts, Maryland General Assembly adopts legislation granting the Commissioners the ability to Develop, administer, and enforce a program to protect ground and surface water resources… In 1988, after several attempts, Maryland General Assembly adopts legislation granting the Commissioners the ability to Develop, administer, and enforce a program to protect ground and surface water resources…

6 In 1989 the Commissioners adopt a Water Resource Management Program and create a Bureau to develop/implement the program objectives In 1989 the Commissioners adopt a Water Resource Management Program and create a Bureau to develop/implement the program objectives The first draft of the Water Resource Management Ordinance and Performance Standards are completed in 1990 The first draft of the Water Resource Management Ordinance and Performance Standards are completed in 1990

7 Numerous amendments to the documents are developed through the 1990s Numerous amendments to the documents are developed through the 1990s Planning Commission Adopts (1992) 100 Fixed Stream Buffer Requirement for subdivisions only. Planning Commission Adopts (1992) 100 Fixed Stream Buffer Requirement for subdivisions only.

8 In 2003 the Commissioners direct staff to draft new and edit all existing resource protection ordinances/policies In 2003 the Commissioners direct staff to draft new and edit all existing resource protection ordinances/policies In April 2004 the Commissioners adopt several new and numerous revised ordinances including Chapter 218 of the County Code - Water Resource Management In April 2004 the Commissioners adopt several new and numerous revised ordinances including Chapter 218 of the County Code - Water Resource Management

9 Consolidation of Resource Planning, Management, Protection & Enforcement Responsibilities Consolidation of Resource Planning, Management, Protection & Enforcement Responsibilities Adoption of a Local Water Resource Management Code Adoption of a Local Water Resource Management Code Creation of Capitol Budget Creation of Capitol Budget

10 Water Resources Administer Chapter 218 Water Resource Management Code Administer Chapter 218 Water Resource Management Code Watershed Management and Restoration Watershed Management and Restoration Observation Well Program Observation Well Program Sinkhole Program Sinkhole Program Water Supply Water Supply NPDES Compliance Implementation NPDES Compliance Implementation

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12 Code Requirements Water resource impact review on all proposed development or redevelopment. Water resource impact review on all proposed development or redevelopment. Water resource management areas will be protected from contaminants and activities which pose an adverse effect on general health, safety, and welfare. Water resource management areas will be protected from contaminants and activities which pose an adverse effect on general health, safety, and welfare. Water resource protection easement for all stream buffers and wellhead or well site buffers. Water resource protection easement for all stream buffers and wellhead or well site buffers.

13 Recorded Water Resource Easement Water Resource

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15 Reservoir Technical Group First Reservoir Agreement 1979 First Reservoir Agreement 1979 Signifently Strengthened in 1984 Signifently Strengthened in 1984 Expanded Reservoir Watershed Agreement signed Nov Expanded Reservoir Watershed Agreement signed Nov. 2005

16 Goals Ensure high-quality raw water for Baltimore Metropolitan Water Supply System Ensure high-quality raw water for Baltimore Metropolitan Water Supply System Address future loadings to reservoirs Address future loadings to reservoirs Reduce risk of contamination Reduce risk of contamination Promote beneficial patterns of land use in three watersheds Promote beneficial patterns of land use in three watersheds

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20 HAMPSTEADMANCHESTER MOUNT AIRY NEW WINDSOR SYKESVILLETANEYTOWN UNION BIRDGE WESTMINSTER CARROLL COUNTY CARROLL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

21 Water Resource Element (WRE) Developed in cooperation with the Municipalities. Developed in cooperation with the Municipalities. Drinking Water and Wastewater Assessment Drinking Water and Wastewater Assessment Non-point Source Assessment Non-point Source Assessment

22 Process to Develop/Collaborate: Monthly meetings (open to public) Monthly meetings (open to public) Joint review & comment on technical assessments & plan document; process & strategies by consensus Joint review & comment on technical assessments & plan document; process & strategies by consensus Facilitation by County Facilitation by County To complete Capacity Management Plan worksheets To complete Capacity Management Plan worksheets To manage consultant interaction To manage consultant interaction To produce plan document To produce plan document Guidance by and periodic meetings w/ reps from MDE, MDP, & DNR Guidance by and periodic meetings w/ reps from MDE, MDP, & DNR

23 Collaborative Solution Water Resources Coordination Council as forum for collaboration; official group formed by resolution Water Resources Coordination Council as forum for collaboration; official group formed by resolution County (facilitators) County (facilitators) Each municipality Each municipality Health Department Health Department One common document One common document Technical assessments – countywide; inclusive of municipalities Technical assessments – countywide; inclusive of municipalities Countywide & regional strategies Countywide & regional strategies

24 Countywide/Regional Solutions Strategies Strategies strategies for all to do or for all to work together strategies for all to do or for all to work together additional strategies applicable to individual systems (municipalities) but not all additional strategies applicable to individual systems (municipalities) but not all Water Supply Water Supply regional supplies regional supplies sharing supplies sharing supplies sharing recharge credits sharing recharge credits


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