Draft Plan Recommendations Part III
Coordination & Communication
- Coordinate regional planning efforts to advance water resources management, improve receiving water quality, implement groundwater recharge practices, and apply source water and aquifer protection measures.
- Support community and municipal efforts to reduce pollutants and restore ecological functions in neighborhoods through technological assistance and identification of funding sources.
- Create an environmental advisory coalition that consists of representatives from county agencies, the business community, environmental groups, citizens and citizen groups to provide input on countywide environmental issues to the county decision-makers.
- Establish and coordinate a partnership with representation from a broad range of community organizations to support outreach, raise awareness of the water resources plan, and to provide opportunities and support for education programs.
- Evaluate successful watershed planning and stormwater management governmental and agency structures in other jurisdictions that function as cohesive oversight, advocacy, and implementation entities to address responsible stormwater management and watershed planning; develop an appropriate division in Prince George’s County to achieve the overall and specific intents of this plan.
- Work with the multiple oversight agencies to develop a transparent and publicly accessible database to track environmental violations that documents illegal conditions and enumerate the enforcement and remediation actions taken.
- Water supply and wastewater management agencies should be consulted early in the land use decision-making process regarding technology, demographics, and growth projections.
- Develop a database and GIS maps to track countywide flooding conditions to determine relationships between geology and soil conditions and resultant changes in groundwater, floodplains, or water tables.
- Document flooding events associated with non-existent and/or poorly performing stormwater management facilities.
- Implement and maintain an education and outreach program for residents, businesses, and industry to reduce the discharge of pollutants caused by stormwater runoff.
- Investigate opportunities for coordination between residents, community and environmental groups, and county agencies promoting annual activities such as stream monitoring, streamside tree plantings, trash removal, and storm drain inlet stenciling.
- Adopt a Stewardship Education and Outreach Program that promotes and supports standards for residential, commercial, and institutional practices that reduce fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide and water use.
- Continue to develop and expand existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide the best possible data to assist in decision making and plan development.
- Evaluate the existing aquifer draw downs, provide future use projections, establish conservation and efficiency strategies and locate, put into operation, and maintain monitoring wells to verify assumptions and realities.
- Build and maintain an information network service that provides online updates on county programs and legislation and provides specific suggestions to inform and encourage residents to take action to protect and improve stream and groundwater quality.
- Provide for shared data and resources between agencies in order to better assess existing conditions, prevent additional negative impacts, and plan for remediation and long-term protection.
- Establish and achieve measurable goals with respect to watershed forest cover and impervious percentages.
- Establish, coordinate and maintain a county interdepartmental education and outreach program to address water conservation and water quality protection and improvement goals.