Water Resources

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The Water Resources chapter complements the Environmental Sustainability chapter in addressing the City’s most valuable resource, its water. The City’s waterways are both an ecological and cultural asset that shape nearly all activity in the city in some way, and the city in turn impacts these waterways both positively and negatively. For this reason, the goals of this chapter are closely tied to the Land Use chapter as well.

WR 1
WR 2
  1. WR Goal 1
  2. WR Goal 2
  3. WR Goal 3
  4. WR Goal 4
  5. WR Goal 5


Reinforce an ethic of proactive watershed stewardship through all sectors of the city, including residents, businesses, and institutions.

Performance Metrics:

  • The number of residential and commercial properties utilizing the stormwater fee incentive policy is doubled by 2030. 
  • Legislation that eliminates single-use plastics within the city is adopted by City Council.

Action 1: Work with Green Vest and other stormwater project contractors to integrate community involvement, minority subcontracting, and other possible programs to broaden awareness of stormwater management within communities.

Action 2: Develop an economic development strategy to promote and attract more green jobs in the city, including with businesses focused on stormwater management, restoration, blue technology, renewable energy, and green building.

Action 3: Expand the marketing and outreach around a revised incentive policy for the stormwater improvements to encourage more residential and commercial property owners to implement the improvements.

Action 4: Eliminate single-use plastics within the City’s waste stream through legislation and an educational campaign. (also listed in the Environmental Sustainability element under as goal ES 7)

Action 5: Update the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance to require all new on-site stormwater Management facilities to include interpretive signage that educates passersby on the value of the facility.

Action 6:  Explore ways of better supporting, leveraging, and coordinating the work of watershed organizations in the Annapolis area that may include: changes to the functioning of the Waterways Cabinet; the establishment of a new organization that consolidates the efforts of multiple organizations; and a dedicated fund, among others strategies.