The Brunswick City Council on Tuesday approved the first step in its Watershed Implementation Plan.
The Watershed Implementation Plan is a requirement under the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. The implementation plan details how a municipality will go about achieving the goals set by the agency to limit the daily amount of pollution that goes into the water and eventually reaches the Chesapeake Bay.
The city is required to do watershed assessments, said project coordinator Tim Brinkmann, who gave the presentation to the council.
To be in compliance with the MS4 Phase Two permit, the city is required to do four things, Brinkmann said. It must develop a Baseline Impervious Area Assessment, develop — then implement — a work plan for impervious area restoration, create a restoration schedule and develop a best management practices database.
The work plan projects the steps the city can take over the next five years, and the Baseline Impervious Area Assessment is one of the first.
Clark, Azar and Associates will do the Baseline Impervious Area Assessment, according to the agreement between the city and company. The council approved the contract for $48,000.
Under the agreement, the engineering company will define 20% of the impervious area that is currently untreated. It will also determine the best management practices and identify potential sites to treat the impervious area, according to the contract.
The company will also look at agriculture, wastewater and sewage in the context of the Watershed Implementation Plan.
The $48,000 approved by the council is just the beginning of costs that the multi-year plan will likely accrue. The estimated annual expenditure is $110,000, Brinkmann said.
The $110,000 includes items such as site plan review, street sweeping, maintenance, recycling pickup and advertising, according to Brinkmann’s presentation.
“It’s something that’s necessary to do,” Brinkmann said.