This past spring, torrential rains led to devastating flooding in Ellicott City and Catonsville.
Taking steps now to ensure that Baltimore County does not suffer the same fate is critical.
What can we do?
- Implement a flood risk assessment of public land–which comprise 26 percent of the county’s impervious surfaces–and a county-wide risk assessment to identify remediation priorities.
- Ensure that proposals for new developments include a watershed- and subwatershed-specific flood-risk analysis, using methods such as the Small Watershed Action Plan (SWAP) and the County’s GIS mapping tools.
- Require that developers address and remediate any flood risks created by new developments, rather than the public at large.
Read more about Colleen’s vision for how we can reduce wasteand continue to preserve our rural land, and check out her Baltimore Sun op-ed, “Forget the Trade War, China Won’t Take Our Plastics Anymore.”