(Feb. 12, 2021) A review of Worcester County’s Groundwater Protection Report at a cost of between $5,000 and $10,000 was approved by the Worcester County Commissioners this week, following a request from the county’s Environmental Programs department.


Robert Mitchell

In his memorandum to the commissioners, Robert Mitchell, the director of Environmental Programs, said the document, which was approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment in July 1989, was “designed to protect groundwater by specifying minimum lot sizes, methods of construction and treatment zones with differing sewage disposal options.”

Worcester has lots and subdivisions that were evaluated prior to the report’s existence, and those properties come with conditions and rights. Now, builders and owners are beginning to develop some of the older lots for home sites.

“We are also encountering challenging conditions with replacement systems in these subdivisions that need to be reviewed as well,” Mitchell wrote.

As a result, the Environmental Programs proposed using the services of Cliff Stein from Earth Data to examine policies for reviewing new and replacement systems for pre-approved lots. In addition, Stein would review the Groundwater Protection Report for potential revisions.

Stein was a regional consultant for the Maryland Department of the Environment and worked on the regulations at the time the Groundwater Protection Reports were written.

The Department of Environmental Programs has the money in a special account to cover the cost for the consultation in a match program for rural legacy land protection.

The commissioners approved the request unanimously without discussion.

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