The Town of Ocean City has started a pilot program to offer free water quality assessments for properties in the downtown area. The goal of conducting an assessment, which includes properties south of 18th Street, is to determine best management practices that could be implemented on each site.
“By determining and implementing best management practices we will hopefully be able to decrease the amount of pollutants being carried into the Coastal Bays via storm water runoff,” said Gail Blazer, Town of Ocean City Environmental Engineer. “Clean bays are vital to our health as well as the health of our economy.”
Small grants are available for participants who choose to execute a project after an assessment has been completed. Examples of best management practices include, but are not limited to; rain barrels, rain gardens, pervious pavement, sand filters and infiltration drains. Additional funding is available through the Storm Water Management Rebate Cost Share Program.
This plan is available for properties built prior to January 1, 1985, and would match the cost of a project dollar for dollar up to the amount of $2,000. To request more information or to schedule an assessment for your home or business, contact Gail Blazer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-289-8825.