5 Actions Your County Council Should Take For Clean Water
Our network of tranquil creeks and streams flowing through rural lands is so much of what you and I love about Frederick County. But, 11 of 20 local watersheds draining into our creeks and streams are severely polluted, threatening our health, homes, and families.
Frederick County must aim higher to protect creeks and streams and the local drinking water supply. These five proven, cost-effective actions will make our waters clean and healthy for future generations.
1. Restore Special Protection Areas For The County’s Drinking Water Supply
Defend the health of Frederick County residents by implementing advanced pollution prevention measures to the sensitive zones surrounding drinking water sources.
2. Support clean water protections worthy of Frederick County’s valuable streams
Work with expert individuals and groups to promote equitable, high impact solutions to local water quality threats. Frederick County’s local waterways are worth more than the minimum protections required by state regulators.
3. Save Rural Lands By Curbing Poorly Planned Growth through Livable Frederick
Protect Frederick’s sacred natural and agricultural lands from reckless development. Through the ongoing Livable Frederick Comprehensive Plan update, establish a plan for growth and rural preservation that will stop polluting sprawl, save taxpayer dollars, and meet the requirements of state law.
4. Set Money Aside to fix the county’s polluted runoff problem
Invest local dollars to restore streams and install and maintain practices like tree plantings and rain gardens. The fund should prioritize investments in proven, low-cost options to treat local polluted runoff, enhance community character, and fully meet the requirements of the county’s clean water plans.
5. Commit to public transparency and report progress
Report annually to the public on specific actions taken, align local efforts with regional commitments, and insist on transparent and verifiable results.