Montgomery County will have almost $20 million in state aid to complete 15 stormwater projects aimed at reducing polluted runoff reaching the Chesapeake Bay.
Maryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust fund has awarded a $19.8 million grant to the county’s Department Environmental Protection for 15 urban stormwater projects in the Anacostia River watershed around Silver Spring and the Rock Creek Watershed around Bethesda.
Montgomery has until Sept. 30, 2014, when the grant expires to complete the projects, said Craig Carson, county manager of watershed restoration program with DEP.
In fiscal 2013 alone, Montgomery County has appropriated $25 million for stormwater management projects, county spokeswoman Esther Bowring said in an email.
The 15 projects funded by the grant will use soil and plants to filter pollutants gathered in stormwater and include restoring streams, adding rain gardens, revamping stormwater ponds, creating dry and wet grass channels, adding bioretention areas and pervious surfaces.
Montgomery is among the jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed mandated by law to take steps to improve water quality and reduce its polluted runoff.