Watch my Ignite Talk on Stormwater Management

On Thursday, I had the joy of speaking at Ignite again, this time at Ignite Baltimore #18. I spoke about stormwater management and how we need to fix the stormwater management fee in Maryland to properly care for the bay. It’s a topic I’ve discussed here before. The talk is now available online. It’s only five minutes, so take a watch! The Ignite format, 20 slides, autoadvancing every 15 seconds, is quite challenging and it was a lot of fun to do it again. You can check out more of Ignite Baltimore’s speakers over the last few years on YouTube:

Come see my talk on Maryland’s stormwater problem at Ignite Baltimore #18

Hey everyone, Ignite Baltimore has announced the lineup for Ignite Baltimore #18 and I am pleased to say I am there. I will be talking about Maryland’s stormwater management problem. I was lucky to have talked at Ignite Howard County last September, as the Ignite format is fun and brisk and forces you you figure out what the core message quickly. It’s on April 21 at MICA and you can get tickets on Eventbrite! Ignite Baltimore #18 Five Minutes, Twenty Slides. What Would You Say? At every Ignite Baltimore, 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities take the stage to answer

Now is the Time for Stormwater Reform

The Howard County Council has killed the plan to remove the stormwater remediation fee: Howard County Council rejects stormwater fee phase-out In a 4-1 vote on Monday, the Howard County Council struck down a measure to eliminate the county’s controversial stormwater remediation fee, dubbed the “rain tax” by opponents. Introduced by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilman Greg Fox, the measure would have slashed the stormwater fee in half by fiscal year 2017 and eliminated it by fiscal year 2018. This is good, but as I wrote in January, the real motivation for the stormwater fee is to improve

Circling the Drain

On Tuesday night, the Howard County Council heard testimony for a proposal to eliminate the Stormwater Management Fee. I have stayed out of this debate, which has now raged on for a couple of years. But that doesn’t make sense since I kind of know a lot about water policy and I have taught a lot of public finance. This kind of seems right up my alley. So it’s time to talk about it. Right now, the fee is applied to all properties in Howard County based on what percentage of their land is covered with impervious surfaces. Surfaces are,

Illinois Discovers Land Cover Increases Flooding

It’s about a month old, but WUIS has a story about increased urban flooding in Illinois. There’s a lot to chew on here, but the key point I see here is how unmitigated development increases residential flooding by eliminating flood protection barriers: That points to another reason why flooding has grown worse in Illinois: because people keep building. And that leaves less open ground to soak up rain. According to the National Land Cover Database, Illinois had 3,238 square miles of developed land within its urban areas in 2011 — compared with 1,815 square miles in 1992. That’s an increase