By Adam Pagnucco.
Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has sent letters to residents announcing the cancellation of 25 stormwater projects currently in design. We reprint one below. We have redacted the name of the specific project to protect the recipient of the letter.
We have two questions. First, why are these cancellations being announced considering that the county has agreed to a consent decree requiring that the county build a number of unspecified “supplemental environmental projects” because it did not meet the terms of its state-issued stormwater permit? And second, if the county really can cut its project count and remain in compliance with its stormwater permit and its consent decree, will its water quality protection charge – which has been increased by more than 1100% in the last fifteen years – be reduced? After all, the purpose of that charge as well as the bag tax is to finance these projects.
Elected officials and candidates for office, we respectfully request that you ask questions about this.