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Maryland Department of the Environment Draft 2024 Integrated Report

In compliance with Sections 303(d), 305(b), and 314 of the Clean Water Act, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft 2024 IR for public review and comment. The 2024 IR includes the 303(d) 2025-2032 Vision, which provides a long-term vision for assessment, restoration, and protection under the Clean Water Act Section 303(d). Maryland’s 2025-2032 Vision focuses on TMDL prioritization for current impairments. The Vision is being released for public review and comment along with the 2024 IR.

The public review and comment period for both the IR and the 2025-2032 Vision will run from May 31, 2024- July 1, 2024. The Draft IR is posted on MDE’s website at https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/TMDL/Integrated303dReports/Pages/2024IR.aspx Hard copies of the Draft IR may be requested by calling Becky Monahan at (410) 537-3947. Please note that the Department charges a fee to cover printing and shipping costs. Public comments or questions on the IR and the 2025-2032 Vision may be directed in writing to Becky Monahan, MDE, Water and Science Administration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230, or emailed to Becky.Monahan@maryland.gov, on or before July 1, 2024.

The Department is hosting a virtual informational public meeting for both the IR and the 2025-2032 Vision at 6 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2024. Please register for the virtual meeting at https://forms.gle/zRyGWxXzxVMGUJAS8. Any hearing-impaired person may request a closed caption option for the meeting in advance. An in-person meeting may also be requested in advance, if necessary. The virtual meeting will be recorded, and a copy will be posted on the IR webpage. After addressing all comments received during the public review period, a final IR will be prepared and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

Public Meeting Details

Date: June 13, 2024.
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Registration:https://forms.gle/zRyGWxXzxVMGUJAS8
Phone Number: United States 1 209-850-2368
Attendee- Pin: 383 350 004#

Contact Becky Monahan, Becky.Monahan@Maryland.gov with questions.


Employment Opportunities

Natural Resource Specialist II (Biological/Geomorphic Lead)

(Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability)

Under general supervision, this position performs professional management of watershed monitoring programs pertaining to NPDES MS4 and TMDL required monitoring through fieldwork, investigations, data analysis and report preparation. They may assign and review the work of subordinate personnel or act as a project manager.

  • Performs complex environmental and natural resources research pertaining to water quality, compiles detailed information, makes analysis, and prepares reports on environmental issues, areas, and problems.
  • Completes preliminary studies of difficult environmental problems associated with water quality issues.
  • Monitors and reports water quality issues of difficult complexity for compliance with County and State laws and regulations regarding the protection of natural resources, including watercourses, wetlands, water pollution, aquatic habitats, rare and endangered species, agriculture, forests, and wildlife habitats.
  • Conducts field investigation surveys of watercourses, private and public infrastructure, wetlands, forests, and wildlife habitats.
  • Investigates and recommends corrective or mitigating actions for degraded streams and wetlands.

For more information or to apply, see the full job posting.


MWMC Webinars

The Information Management and Communication Committee proudly presents two data quality webinars:

January 30​
Quality Assurance in the Office of Water, EPA: Perspectives on Best Practices to Ponder
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February 27
The Three Rs of QAPPs – wRiting, Reviewing, and Realization (Implementation)
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The webinars will feature speaker ​Joe Beaman, Quality Assurance Manager from the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water.

Mr. Beaman is a Senior Biologist and the Quality Assurance Manager for the Office of Water in the Office of Science and Technology (OST). He is responsible for implementation of the Office of Water Quality Management Plan as well as the aquatic life criteria lead for pollutants such as mercury, selenium, and zinc.

​Prior to being appointed to the position of OW QA Manager in June 2022, Joe served as the Quality Assurance Officer for the Office of Science and Technology and the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Health and Ecological Criteria Division in OST over the previous six and a half years. Joe also served as a Senior Biologist in the Ecological Risk Assessment Branch (ERAB), working full time on aquatic life criteria, assisting with Endangered Species Act consultations and serving as the EPA HQ technical liaison supporting criteria and standards implementation assistance to EPA Regions, States, and Tribes. Earlier in Joe’s career at EPA, Joe served as the Branch Chief for ERAB, as well as its Criteria Team Leader. Prior to Joe coming to the EPA, in 2006, Joe served as a Toxicologist, Section Head and Division Chief for the Maryland Department of the Environment (2000-2006), leading efforts in developing nutrient criteria for the Chesapeake Bay as well as the Fish Consumption Advisory Program. Joe also served as an Army contractor for Geo-Centers Inc. (1992-2000) working on aquatic toxicology projects at the US Army Center for Environmental Health Research. In the US Army (1985-1992), Joe served as a Biological Sciences Assistant (01H), performing research on mosquito and tick-borne viruses and anthrax, and served as the Team Leader for the Aeromedical Isolation Team at USAMRIID (Fort Detrick) for the Ebola Outbreak in Reston VA (1989. Joe earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Hood College, Frederick, MD, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.

Joe lives in Virginia with his wife and two high school-aged boys and is the proud grandfather of two elementary-aged granddaughters living in Virginia also.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

​Environmental DNA (eDNA) Workshop:
State of the Science and its Application in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Date: December 8, 2023
Location: USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center Conference Room, Catonsville, MD
Format: This is a hybrid meeting.
Time: 9 AM to 3:30 PM (check in at 8:30 AM)​

Agenda with links to presentations available​.​

MWMC eDNA Workshop took place on Friday, December 8, 2023 at the USGS Water Science Center in Catonsville, MD. Six eDNA researchers shared their experiences, knowledge, and wisdom on a range of topics that included development of eDNA as a monitoring tool, field and lab best practic​es, eDNA results interpretation and how to communicate them, and case studies of how eDNA is/can be used for natural resource management.​

Interim Update to Maryland’s Water Quality Standards

The Maryland Department of the Environment is proposing several revisions to Maryland Water Quality Standards. In the recent Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards which was approved in June of 2023, the Department updated the freshwater aquatic life water quality criteria for ammonia. These ammonia criteria were derived from recent toxicology studies and represent the best available science. After these changes to the ammonia water quality criteria were finalized, several errors were noted in three tables and for one equation in the regulation (in Code of Maryland Regulations). In addition, a table footnote related to Pentachlorophenol (PCP) required revision for clarity. The purpose of this current action (2023 Interim Update to Water Quality Standards) is to correct these issues in COMAR

MDE will publish a notice of proposed action in the November 17, 2023 issue of the Maryland Register. The public comment period for this regulation change will be open from November 17, 2023 to December 22, 2023. The Department of the Environment will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed action on December 13, 2023 at 3 p.m. Interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and express their views. To attend the virtual public hearing, please register using the following online form, linked here.

All comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 22, 2023. Comments may be sent to Melinda Cutler via email at melinda.cutler@maryland.gov or via mail at the following address:

Ms. Melinda Cutler
Watershed Protection, Restoration, and Planning Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard​​
Baltimore, MD 21230-1720

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The Green Life: How to Be Environmentally Conscious in College

College is a time of discovery. If you’re like many students, you’re starting to understand the things you are truly passionate about. Whether it’s social justice or political change, college can be a great time to start making a difference. If you’re driven to make our planet a greener place, you don’t have to wait until graduation to start making a real impact. You can start advocating for environmental change right from your college campus. In big ways and in small ways, there are countless steps you can take to make your contribution to environmental conservation in college. With more colleges doing their part to go green, you can even make a positive impact simply by enrolling. Between picking an environmentally friendly campus, educating others, and advocating for your cause, your little actions can make a big change. Learn what you can do to become a green student and find out how you can do your part to help slow climate change one day at a time. - https://www.edumed.org/resources/going-green-in-college/

Get Involved in a Committee!

The Groundwater Committee is re-forming after a period of inactivity. This committee will promote and facilitate collaboration on issues related to the monitoring and assessment of the quality and quantity of groundwater. It will consider the current state of groundwater monitoring, and will explore the need for documenting and disseminating information on groundwater monitoring activities. The Committee may promote the sharing and accessibility of groundwater quality data, and may consider and make recommendations on the needs, protocols and quality standards for monitoring in relation to specific threats or stressors to groundwater. If you are interested in bringing your ideas for improving the understanding of groundwater in Maryland, please contact Jason Dubow (​ jason.dubow@maryland.gov)​ or Matthew Pajerowski (​mgpajero@usgs.gov).​​