The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection is to:
Protect and enhance the quality of life in our community through the conservation, preservation, and restoration of our environment, guided by the principles of science, resource management, sustainability, and stewardship
Provide solid waste management services, including recycling, in an environmentally progressive and economically sound manner
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Operating Budget and Organizational Chart
Operating Budget for the Department of Environmental Protection for Fiscal Year 2015
Operating Budget by Fund
Amount in U.S. Dollars
Solid Waste Fund
Water Quality Protection Fund
Total Budget: All Funds Totaled
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Responsibilities of DEP's Divisions
- Water quality monitoring
- Special Protection Area best management practice monitoring
- Stormwater outfall monitoring
- Construction, restoration, inspection and maintenance of stormwater facilities
- Administration of the County's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permit
- Watershed restoration
- Stream restoration
- Pond retrofitting
- Low-impact development and environmentally sensitive design retrofitting
Environmental Policy and Compliance
- Analyze, develop, and recommend environmental policies related to:
- Environmental Sustainability
- Air Quality
- Energy Conservation
- Forest & Tree Conservation
- Energy Grants
- Enforce the County's environmental codes and regulations including illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Enforcement activities support the Water Quality Protection Charge and Solid Waste Programs.
Office of the Director
Water and Wastewater
- Analyze, develop, recommend, and implement water supply and wastewater disposal service policies, in coordination with land use planning and utility services, through the County's comprehensive plan.
- Analyze, develop, and recommend regional local wastewater and water supply policies at utilities and governing bodies, including WSSC, WASA, MWCOG, and the State of Maryland.
- Generates the Water Quality Protection Charge revenue and rate.
- Provides IT, procurement, budget, and other management services to implement capital and non-capital programs.
Solid Waste Services
Northern Operations & Strategic Planning
- Includes the following programs: Resource Recovery Facility & Related Waste Transfer (RRF), Dickerson Compost Facility, Site 2 Landfill, Waste System Program Development, and Dickerson Master Plan.
- The RRF serves as the primary disposal facility for non-recycled waste generated in the County. Electricity generated by the combustion of municipal solid waste is sold to Constellation Energy.
- Dickerson Compost Facility includes all processing, transporting, composting, and marketing of yard trim received by the County.
- Includes the following programs: Out-of-County Refuse Disposal (OOC), Recycling Center, Solid Waste Transfer Station, Mixed Paper Recycling, Oaks Landfill, Residential Household Hazardous Waste, Satellite Drop-off Sites, Waste Reduction, Gude Landfill, Regulation of Refuse & Recycling Transportation, and Waste Detoxification.
- OOC provides for rail shipment of ash residue from the RRF and non-processable waste, such as construction materials, from the Transfer Station to a disposal cell in Virginia.
- The Recycling Center provides for the separation, processing, and marketing of recyclable materials (glass, metal, plastic).
- The Solid Waste Transfer Station provides a receiving, processing, and shipping facility for municipal solid waste generated within the County.
- Mixed Paper Recycling provides for the management, processing, and marketing of the County's residential mixed paper, including newspaper, corrugated containers, kraft paper bags, magazines, telephone directories, and unwanted mail.
- Includes the following programs: Residential Recycling, Refuse Collection, and Housing and Environmental Permit Enforcement.
- Residential Recycling Collection provides for the administering, monitoring, and enforcing of countywide recycling contracts with private collectors responding to service needs of residents.
- Refuse Collection secures, administers, monitors and enforces contracts with private collectors for residential refuse collection in Subdistrict A of the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal District.
- Includes the following programs: Debt Service Disposal Fund, Administration, Revenue Management and System Evaluation, and Automation.
- Includes activities related to budget, rate setting, revenue management, non-RRF debt service, automation, and contract administration.
Waste Reduction & Recycling
- Includes the following programs: Commercial Recycling and Waste Reduction, Recycling Multi-Family Dwellings, Recycling Outreach & Education, and Support for Recycling Volunteers.
- Provides technical support, outreach, education, and training to single-family residents, multi-family property owners, managers and residents, and business owners, managers, and employees, as well as commercial property managers, to promote and maximize waste reduction, reuse, and recycling and the purchase of recycled products and materials.
DEP's Performance and Results
DEP's Performance Plan lists each of DEP's Headline Performance Measures and identifies how well the Department is achieving results through succinct analysis highlighting contributing factors, limiting factors, and ways DEP aims to improve its performance. It also outlines the Department's operational efficiency.
Amount of Pollutant Removed Through the Watershed Restoration Program
Index of Biological Integrity (IBI) Scores in County Watersheds
Average Number of Days to Resolve Incoming Environmental Complaints
Percent Satisfied with DEP's Response to Environmental Complaints
Residential/Nonresidential Energy Use as a Measure of Greenhouse Gas Reductions
Percent Concurrence of County Council Water and Sewer Service Actions with DEP Recommendations
Percent of Total Municipal Solid Waste Recycled
Missed Collection Complaints per Week
Percent of Total Municipal Solid Waste Sent to Landfill
Single-Family Solid Waste Charges
County STAT: Results-based Accountability
- See up-to-date information on DEP's performance at the County STAT's Departmental Dashboard
- DEP's Performance Plan (Select Department of Environmental Protection)
Advisory Groups and Commissions
- Dickerson Area Facilities Implementation Group
- Noise Control Advisory Board
- Solid Waste Advisory Committee
- Sustainability Working Group