Environmental Protection and Sustainability Overview
County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room 319
Towson, Maryland 21204
Find directions to the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS).
Vincent J. Gardina, Director
EPS Celebrates its Nationally Recognized Watershed Improvement Program
View before-and-after pictures of sample stream restoration, shoreline enhancement and stabilization, reforestation and storm water runoff projects.
Court Upholds EPA Chesapeake TMDL, "Pollution Diet"
A federal appeals court upheld the EPA's authority to order pollution reduction Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) by Maryland and all other states that drain into the Chesapeake Bay.
Programs and Services
Development Coordination is responsible for the coordination and distribution of plans and permits related to land development, building, grading, stormwater management, use and occupancy, zoning and razing.
The EPS Function Brochure (PDF) provides phone numbers and brief descriptions of the services offered by EPS.
Environmental Impact Review
Environmental Impact Review oversees and enforces development plans and building permits for conformance to State-mandated Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and Forest Conservation Laws and the County Law for the Protection of Water Quality, Streams, Wetlands and Floodplains.
Groundwater Management oversees a variety of regulatory programs related to managing and protecting our ground water resources including the permitting of private water wells, onsite sewage disposal, removal-abandonment of residential underground storage tanks (USTs), building demolition (razing), landfills and recycling facilities. As of January 1, 2017, the Household Hazardous Waste Program will be managed by the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste.
Stormwater Management reviews and inspects grading and stormwater management plans for proposed construction activities, and ensures maintenance of public and privately owned stormwater management facilities.
Many programs address forest sustainability, such as forest assessments and management plans for County forest lands, reforestation and urban tree-planting programs (Tree-Mendous Maryland and Big Trees).
Watershed Management and Monitoring
Watershed Management and Monitoring coordinates the municipal NPDES stormwater permit, prepares watershed restoration plans, addresses TMDLs, coordinates the Baltimore Watershed Agreement and monitors Baltimore County’s 14 watersheds for water quality improvements.
Watershed Restoration Program works to restore, protect and enhance surface water, and improve water quality through a variety of projects and services such as stream restoration, shoreline stabilization, water quality retrofitting, stormwater facility conversion, dredging and submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring.