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Northwood News ♦ October 2011

Study Shows Stormwater Still a Cloudy Subject for Most Citizens

By Carole Barth

MoCo citizens have the reputation of being environmentally savvy, but I wonder if we would have done any better than our Baltimore neighbors did on Upstream, Downstream, a study of public attitudes about stormwater.  The study was conducted in 2007 by an opinion research firm (OpinionWorks) at the behest of the Baltimore Stormwater Action Coalition.  Although the study was specific to Baltimore, I think it also holds valuable information for us.

Here are some of the key findings:

These findings suggest we have a lot of public education to do in order to meet the new water quality requirements of Montgomery County’s stormwater management permit and the new Chesapeake Bay pollution diet (Bay TMDL or total maximum daily load).  See the complete Upstream, Downstream study.  [Note:  Website link in original article is no longer active.]   ■

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