"As required by the State’s Watershed Implementation Plan (Bay Restoration Plan), Maryland is developing an Aligning for Growth (AFG) policy that will address the increase in the State’s pollution load from increased population growth and new development. To restore the Bay each of the Bay states, including Maryland, not only needs to reduce its current nutrient load, but also hold the line against new pollution. Maryland is expected to add an estimated 478,000 households by 2035, which will add more than 2 million pounds of nutrient pollution to the Bay per year."( ."(Source: "Aligning for Growth," Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) website, October 15, 2018)

MDE’s strategy for growth offsets to address nutrient pollution load from new development centers on nutrient trading. MDE adopted regulations establishing a water quality nutrient trading program, effective July 1, 2016. As of fall 2018, MDE was working on updating the existing manual, web pages, and forms associated with trading and finalizing the online registry.

For more information, visit the Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) Accounting for Growth website.


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