Misc Stream Valley Improvements (P807359)

  • Category: Conservation of Natural Resources

  • Sub Category: Stormwater Management

  • Administering Agency: Environmental Protection (AAGE07)

  • Planning Area: Countywide

  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14

  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No

  • Relocation Impact: None

  • Status: Ongoing

EXPENDITURE SCHEDULE ($000s)

FUNDING SCHEDULE ($000s) 

OPERATING BUDGET IMPACT ($000s)

Description

This project provides for design and construction of habitat restoration or stabilization measures for stream reaches having severe channel erosion, sedimentation, and habitat degradation. Developed areas constructed without modern stormwater controls contribute uncontrolled runoff which results in severely eroded streambanks, excessive sediment, tree loss, and degraded habitat for fish and aquatic life. Stormdrain outfalls damaged from severe erosion are identified and, where possible, the outfalls are repaired as part of stream restoration projects - funded from the Outfall Repairs project (No. 509948). Stream deterioration can also adversely affect sanitary sewer crossings by exposing sewer lines and manholes, which in turn can be fish barriers and leak raw sewage into streams or allow infiltration of stream baseflow into the sewer system, potentially causing substantial increases in wastewater treatment costs

Cost Change

Increase due to a an increase in the number of projects budgeted, site conditions, and higher individual project costs. Costs have also increased due to FY19 and FY20 being added to this ongoing project and are partially offset by capitalization of prior expenditures.

Justification 

The project supports the requirements of the MS4 permit and addresses the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy Initiatives, Anacostia Watershed Restoration Agreement, and the County's adopted water quality goals (Chapter 19, Article IV). The project will stabilize and improve local stream habitat conditions where streams have been damaged by inadequately controlled stormwater runoff. Corrective measures constructed or coordinated under this project include stream bank stabilization, channel modifications, habitat restoration, storm drain outfall or sanitary sewer infrastructure repairs to improve fish and other biological resources, while reducing sediment and nutrient loadings caused by excessive streambank erosion. The Facility Planning: SM project (No. 809319) includes funds for watershed studies and identifies and prioritizes stream reaches in need of restoration and protection.

Other

The Department of Environmental Protection identifies damaged sewer lines as part of this project, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission makes sewer repairs during project construction. Projects planned for design and construction include Bel Pre Creek I, Donnybrook Tributary, Hollywood Branch I, Breewood, Bedfordshire and Fallsreach, Muddy Branch I, Great Seneca (GSGN 205), Grosvenor Tributary, Stonybrook Tributary, Snakeden Branch II, and Whetstone Run.

Fiscal Note

While the State of Maryland has indicated a desire to provide funding, all indicated State Aid is preliminary and not committed. Funding may need to be revised based on actual State Aid commitments.

Disclosures

Expenditures will continue indefinitely.

The Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirements of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.

Coordination

Department of Transportation, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Department of Permitting Services, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.