The sad fact that this sometimes does not happen in Maryland with regard to urban and suburban runoff pollution -- the only major source of pollution that is increasing in the Chesapeake Bay -- was revealed today's edition of The Baltimore Sun.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has not reviewed any local government’s enforcement of runoff pollution control laws since 2006, despite the fact that the department by law is required to conduct the reviews every three years, the newspaper reported.
MDE has not checked on Carroll County’s efforts to control polluted runoff from new development in 22 years –- since 1992, according to The Sun. Baltimore County’s stormwater enforcement program hasn’t been reviewed by the state since 1994, and Baltimore City’s since 1995. (MDE's response to this report is at the bottom of this article.)
"We can pass whatever [rules] we want and have them written on paper," Alison Prost, Maryland director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, told The Sun. "But if counties aren't following them, we have negative impacts."