Office of Environmental Policy

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The Office of Environmental Policy is responsible for the protection and enhancement of the natural environment within the City of Annapolis through policies and programs that include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Grants
  • Environmental Policy Development and Initiatives
  • Floodplain Management 
  • Land Trusts - Land Conservation
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
  • National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Sustainability/Resiliency
  • Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Clean Water Act
  • Urban Forestry
  • Watershed Improvement and Stormwater Compliance Coordination

Water Pollution

Water Pollution is defined as the presence of toxic chemicals and biological agents that exceed what is naturally found in the water and may pose a threat to human health and/or the environment.  Fish, birds and wildlife depend on clean water sources to survive just as people do.  When it becomes unfit for drinking or recreation, both man-made and natural communities suffer and deteriorate.

Pollution from a variety of sources can contaminate creeks and streams, causing discoloration, odors, or other conditions that are unnatural.  The Office of Environmental Policy (OEP), along with the Department of Public Works (DPW) investigates reported problems to determine if they pose a hazard to human health or the environment.  

 Online customers wishing to report a potential water pollution issue may click on the “Report a Problem” icon below to create an account or to continue as a guest to report a problem.  Please complete all required fields, and provide any information that will help the City of Annapolis address the issue.  If you would like to report a problem via telephone, please call 410-263-7949 during business hours and after hours please call 410-224-2140.

Bee City USAIn 2016, the City of Annapolis was designated as a Bee City USA affiliate.  This was done in partnership with Anne Arundel County and the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland.  All groups involved in this partnership understand the importance of sustaining pollinators, and want the region to become more pollinator-friendly. Bees and other pollinators around the globe have experienced dramatic declines due to a combination of habitat loss, use of pesticides, spread of pests and diseases, and reduced genetic diversity.  Becoming a Bee City USA affiliate publicly announces the City of Annapolis’ intention to promote healthy, sustainable habitats for bees and other pollinators.

Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization that fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world’s plant species and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.  You can find more resources here.