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Watershed Assessment Public Meetings Scheduled


The Howard County Department of Public Works will hold the second round of four public meetings to discuss a comprehensive assessment within the Middle Patuxent River and the Little Patuxent River watersheds. This assessment measured current environmental conditions and identified restoration opportunities to be considered for capital improvement projects. These projects will improve water quality in the County’s streams and rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay. Potential projects include stream restoration, adding water quality treatment to existing stormwater management ponds, constructing new stormwater management facilities, performing reforestation, and stabilizing existing storm drain pipe outfalls.

Due to the large overall study area, the assessment results are being presented in four distinct areas — Northern Little Patuxent, Southern Little Patuxent, Northern Middle Patuxent, and Southern Middle Patuxent watersheds. The County will conduct a public meeting in each of these four study areas to report on the final results of the watershed assessments and to present its countywide restoration plan for meeting Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) goals.

A copy of the watershed assessment reports and the countywide restoration plan report will be posted on or about December 1, 2015 for public review and comment at www.howardcountymd.gov/SWM.htm.

Public meetings have been scheduled as follows:

December 2, 2015 – Northern Middle Patuxent Watershed Meeting location: Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Haymeadow Meeting Room, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville

December 3, 2015 – Southern Little Patuxent Watershed Meeting location: North Laurel Community Center – Chesapeake Multipurpose Room, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel

December 9, 2015 – Southern Middle Patuxent Watershed Meeting location: Robinson Nature Center – Auditorium, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia

December 10, 2015 – Northern Little Patuxent Watershed Meeting location: Howard Community College – Rouse Company Foundation (RCF) Student Services Hall Room 401, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia *It is recommended attendees to park in Lot A or F. http://www.howardcc.edu/about-us/hcc-at-a-glance/locations-and-directions/campus-map.html

An interpreter for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available if requested seven working days prior to the meeting. Please call the Department of Citizen Services at 410-313-6400 (voice) or use Relay at 7-1-1, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and end at 8:00 PM. A map depicting the four study areas is located at www.howardcountymd.gov/SWM.htm. An RSVP is requested, but not required, for those planning to attend a meeting. To RSVP or for more information e-mail Kelly Hargadin at khargadin@howardcountymd.gov.

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