Polluted county streams to blame for City’s drinking water contamination

In 2013 City of Frederick tap water violated federal health standards for carcinogenic chlorination byproducts.  Three of the 8 official sampling sites had contaminant levels above what is considered safe for drinking.  This health hazard is a result of polluted source water (streams, rivers, lake); it is not due to any deficiency on the part of the Frederick […]

CEDS News Service: an opportunity to address storm water pollution and management

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Are Coops a way to resolve the stormwater BMP maintenance crisis and to allow Watershed Groups to quickly reduce stormwater pollution? Read about this and more by following the CEDS News Service.

Citizens lose again in taxpayers v BOCC: Frederick City drinking water soon to be dirtier

MAP linganore steep slopes erodible soils

Lake Linganore is the major drinking water source for Frederick City residents. Based upon a preliminary assessment it is clear that there are highly erodible soils and steep slopes adjacent to the streams and water bodies in the Linganore at Eaglehead PUD.   Clearing the land for development exacerbates sediment runoff into Lake Linganore and […]

9/5/13 Glendening sees discrepancy between houses we are building and the type buyers want

Governor Glendening described exactly what FoFC has been saying.  The infrastructure needs for a community that is more dense and walkable is less.  And that there is a disconnect between what will sell and what we are building in Frederick County.  FoFC inserted the photos below (they are not part of the FNP article). Glendening […]

8/24/13 FNP: New Market reconsiders annexation plans

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Stormwater audit exposes the importance of inspectors and clean water enforcement!

 A June 7, 2013 email note from Richard Klein, Community and Environmental Defense Services An October, 2011 Audit of the Severn River watershed revealed that hundreds of stormwater ponds and other practices had failed due to a lack of maintenance.  The Audit then uncovered the cause – a 2001 decision by Anne Arundel County to severely cut-back stormwater staff from seven inspectors to […]

Discussion of public/private partnerships and who will pay for infrastructure?

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3/31/13 Citizen makes good planning points

Voting for a different approach to planning Originally published March 31, 2013 in Frederick News Posthttp://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/opinion/display_lte.htm?storyid=148832#.UVzP3qtAS9c While the city of Frederick’s small area planning effort achieves a positive force for local residents to share community goals and hopefully incorporate those objectives into a planning process generally dominated by private interests, they are but a stepping […]

Is poorly planned growth what you wanted from your county leaders?

The Frederick County Commissioners have approved or are discussing approval of over 7000 new dwellings, in many cases without appropriate plans for schools, roads, emergency services and other key infrastructure. We believe that our public officials should follow existing laws; in a growing number of cases that is not happening. FoFC is using the option […]

Watch the youtube: Plan for the Valleys, Baltimore County, receives national planning award

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