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Support the Baltimore Water Pollution Reduction Fee

We face a crisis with stormwater runoff. Rainwater that washes from roofs, parking lots and streets carries away pollutants, including animal waste, fertilizers, pesticides, oil and automotive fluids. This is a long-ignored and growing source of pollution that causes flooding and property damage. Stormwater runoff also hurts the quality of our streams, the Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.

To address this problem, Baltimore City officials are creating a fee to pay for critical improvements to the stormwater infrastructure. The fee would be based on the amount of hard or paved surfaces on each property. The fee will be about $72 a year for the average homeowner in Baltimore.

We urge Baltimoreans to contact their member of the City Council before the June 11th meeting and tell them:

  • It’s time for Baltimore to take major steps to fix its inadequate stormwater system.
  • I support the utility fee on polluted stormwater runoff to pay for urgently needed repairs.
  • The fee should be applied fairly for all property owners.
  • The fee should have a credit that encourages property owners to take steps to reduce runoff from their properties; in doing so, they will improve the quality of our waterways and reduce the fee they pay.

Find your City Council representative by clicking the City Council District Lookup. Enter your address, click on search and then click on the Council person’s name to get their contact information. You can also find Council Member contact information at www.baltimorecitycouncil.com.

The following documents were created in collaboration with Healthy Harbor, a Waterfront Partnership Initiative. They contain more information about the Water Pollution Reduction Fee and what you can do to improve the quality of our streams and City.


Stormwater in Baltimore: An Overview

Baltimore Water Pollution Reduction Fee- FAQs

Property Owner Credits: How to Reduce Your Fee

Environmental Stewardship & Care for Creation


For more information about what the City is doing visit www.cleanwaterbaltimore.org. To learn more about what Blue Water Baltimore is doing contact Halle Van der Gaag at 410-254-1577 or hvandergaag@bluewaterbaltimore.org.


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