Dave Bourdon, Prince George's County soil conservation district manager, who was unable to attend the meeting urged other districts in an e-mail to consider all angles in increasing conservation and cooperate with existing programs at the Maryland Department of Environment.
"Although we are currently in the process of implementing the new requirements for erosion and sediment control and storm water management, if we don't enforce our requirements, we haven't gained anything in terms of water quality," Bourdon
In the e-mail, Bourdon
added that more than 50 percent of Southern Maryland's
development sites are "significantly out of compliance" with their erosion and sediment plans.
Cal Steuart, president of MASCD
, said with more funding, districts could inspect more sites and likely collect more penalties.
said the association currently has the capability to inspect 17 percent of the sites for sediment control.
"That 17 percent inspection generates 88 administrative penalties," he