The Maryland Port Authority uses innovative new stormwater restoration measures and management practices, while simultaneously expanding and redeveloping Port facilities. The project excels for the MPA’s ability to overcome site challenges, as well as for its partnerships with the local community. The Port Authority must work within the constraints of limited space and historic contamination, and has overcome those challenges by focusing on construction of onsite BMPs in underutilized areas on the marine terminals and incorporating over-treatment into terminal development projects. Using this approach, MDOT MPA has gone above and beyond the required 100% treatment of new development impervious surface.
As part of its MS4 program, MDOT MPA has partnered with multiple community organizations and Port businesses to help address stormwater pollution. The strong relationship and open lines of communication between the Port and communities working in cooperation allows the Port to put in place stormwater controls that target pollutant source hot-spots of concern to the community. These strong community relationships allow the Port to engage new partners, Port businesses and non-stormwater agencies to showcase stormwater best management practices and lessons that are helpful and transferable to other Bay communities.