Office of Environmental Policy
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
- Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Clean Water Act
- Urban Forestry
- Watershed Improvement and Stormwater Compliance Coordination
Join Annapolis Green, the Severn River Association, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Back Creek Conservancy, SPCA of Anne Arundel County, friends and neighbors to help clean up the headwaters of Back Creek. Trash bags, gloves and water provided. No RSVP needed. Just join in.
New Recycling Requirements as of April 1, 2019
The City of Annapolis Office of Environmental Policy received a $15,000 grant award through the Chesapeake Bay Trust to produce a conceptual plan that incorporates green infrastructure practices into historic downtown Annapolis. This area of the City lacks sufficient treatment of stormwater that flows directly into Spa Creek. The City hired local landscape architecture firm Campion Hruby to produce a conceptual plan. The presentation from the first meeting provides a summary of the project including the issues being addressed and potential solutions for Main Street.
Main Street Green Infrastructure Project
View past presentations from the public meetings for Main Street Green Infrastructure held on January 17 and 31 of 2019. The final meeting regarding the conceptual plan was held on February 27, 2019.
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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.
In 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.