The county will receive $30,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its part in a study of Patuxent River pollution.
Themoney is the county's share of a three-year, $1.25 million stormwater management demonstration project that is hoped to serve as a nationwide model for studying "non-point source" water pollution, which is any pollution that does not come from a pipe draining directly into abody of water, said Cecily Majerus, environmental program assistant to Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
While each of the seven counties in the Patuxent River watershed will receive $30,000 and contribute $15,000 of their own money, the rest of the money will go to state agencies for building stormwater management projects such as tree buffers and ponds, and "trying to determine what kind of animals are dependent on the water, and what kind of conditions do these animals need in order to survive," Majerus said.
The new program will teach the county what steps, such as changing land management techniques, should be taken to clean up indirect sources of pollution.