As of December 31, 2021, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service suspended all engineering assistance to St. Mary’s SCD on the review of all Urban Storm Water Management projects that are required to meet Maryland 378 Small Pond approval. Effective January 1, 2022, all urban SWM projects that would be required to have small pond approval, must be submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment Dam Safety Division for approval.
St. Mary’s SCD is diligently working with MDE to develop a Memorandum of Understanding that would allow for the review and approval of certain urban small ponds to once again be performed by the SCD. This process may take some time, and the final product will in all likelihood be different than the previous small pond review process.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bruce Young, District Manager at Bruce.Young@stmarysscd.com or by phone at 301-475-8402 ext. 3.