Tell Prince George's County Council It’s Time For a New Day

Tuesday, June 14, at 11:30am, in room 2027 of the County Administration Building, the Transportation, Housing and Environment (THE) Committee of the Prince George's County Council will consider a bill that will impact development and redevelopment in the county for a generation. Tell the committee that the time for low standards in Prince George's is over! The county deserves the best and should demand it from developers as part of our path to greatness.



The Northeast Branch during normal flow (top) and during a significant rain event (bottom).

CB-15-2011 is necessary to bring the county into compliance with the state's 2007 Stormwater Act and will set stormwater management standards for new development and redevelopment sites in the county. Uncontrolled stormwater runoff has degraded the Anacostia River and its tributaries, flooded county communities, and damaged county infrastructure. A strong stormwater bill is very important for quality of life in the county because once a property is built it won't be redeveloped for 30-50 years, meaning tomorrow's decision will impact quality of life in the county for a generation.


Table of Redevelopment Stormwater Standards

2.7”The Channel Protection Volume (CPV) for Prince George's, there is a storm at least this big on average once a year. This level of management is needed to prevent the streambank erosion that is filling the Anacostia River and its tributaries with sediment.

2.6" - Montgomery County's redevelopment standard, which is CPV as measured in that county.

1.7" - The redevelopment stormwater standard for federal buildings; this manages 95% of storms.

1.2" - The redevelopment stormwater standard proposed for densely developed DC; this manages 90% of all storms.

1" - The Water Quality Volume (WQV), the level of stormwater management scientists have found is needed to ensure clean water. This manages 85% of all storms. Tyson's Corner and Philadelphia, among others, are redeveloping at this standard.

0.5" - Minimum redevelopment stormwater standard allowed under Maryland law. Prince George's County's proposed standard (in CB-15-2011 as proposed).

 

That's right, even with 88% of the county's stream miles considered degraded by Maryland DNR, the bill proposes to do only the state minimum for clean water. (CB-15 does propose to raise the redevelopment stormwater standard to 0.75" in 2016, but that is too little, too late to reduce erosion and flooding in our communities. 0.75" is also an arbitrarily chosen "compromise," unlike 1" which has been proven necessary to protect water quality.)

Time and again in meeting with county residents and municipal officials, we have heard serious quality of life concerns about erosion, flooding, and damaged parks and infrastructure due to poor stormwater management. People want redevelopment, but they also want their backyards to stop washing away and their basements to stop flooding.

Among the municipalities and civic associations supporting higher stormwater standards: North Brentwood, Mount Rainier, Bladensburg, University Park, College Park, Greenbelt, Forest Heights, the Riverdale Hills, Riverdale Heights, Crestwood Civic Association, Seat Pleasant Community Development Corporation, and IHHAAC (Indian Head Highway Area Action Council).

Please join this broad coalition by calling and emailing members of the THE committee TODAY and asking for an amendment to CB-15 requiring a minimum 1" redevelopment stormwater standard.

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