The ESD Debate in Maryland rages on as the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) attempts to revise the State’s regulations to address the requirements of the Stormwater Management Act of 2007.
Some industry groups are lining up against the effort in the traditional “Us Against Them”approach. Reminds me of the Civil War battle techniques.
The Environmental Consortium continues to explain their case. See Tom Schueler’s presentation here. Definitely worth a look.
Who is caught in the middle?
1. The General Public, who may be required to change some of their ways and traditional idea of private property rights.
2. Employees of Local Municipalities – These are the folks who must explain things to the general public, field the complaints, and try to protect their jobs when that one politically connected person complains to their County Councilperson.
3. MDE – who maybe should have had the foresight to revise the 2000 Stormwater Design Manual on an ongoing basis to reflect changes in technology and politics. MDE’s in-action (or lack of budget!) is quite possibly what got us here. But who knows?
4. The Designers of projects – and Reviewers – throughout the State, who quite possibly may be saddled with the responsibility to attempt to design and approve sites with practices and guidance that are ill conceived and not well executed. This has happened before – and we see it heading there again.
So we must ask… Is there any middle ground between those who are pushing ESD and those who are steeped in too much tradition? Or will the State’s Design and Review Community get screwed once again?
Film at 11.