In November of 2014, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) created the Stormwater Advisory Committee (SWAC). The purpose of SWAC is to advise the Department on stormwater projects, programs, and issues, and to help educate stakeholder groups on related matters. To date the Advisory Committee has reviewed and provided comment on:
- The City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Watershed Implementation Plan, which guides DPW's capital improvement projects for stormwater management and stream restoration;
- Stormwater fee regulations for port industries;
- Proposed changes to the State's stormwater fee legislation;
- DPW's stormwater utility fund and how stormwater fees are used to improve water quality;
- The Clean Water Baltimore website and associated educational material.
The SWAC is made up of volunteer members representing a diversity of sectors, including environmental non-profits, businesses and industries, anchor institutions and citizens. The members are:
- Alan Pressman, BGE
- Ann Robinson, Mt. Winans Community Association
- Anthony Pressley, Druid Heights CDC
- Ashley Pennington, Johns Hopkins University Office of Sustainability
- Bif Browning, Southwest Partnership
- Bonnie Sorak, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
- Brian Hammock, CSX / South Baltimore Business Alliance
- Debbie Cameron, Baltimore Tree Trust
- Ellis Brown, Morgan State University
- Jennifer Aiosa, Friends of Patterson Park / Blue Water Baltimore
- Kimberly Brandt, 1000 Friends of Maryland
- Matthew Kimball, Building Owners and Managers Association of Baltimore
- Noah Smock, Baltimore Community ToolBank
Staff from DPW and other City agencies, such as the departments of Transportation, Recreation and Parks, and the Public Schools, serve as ex-officio members to support the committee.
SWAC meets on a quarterly basis, with sub-committees meeting in between. Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and are advertised in advance. Meeting dates, minutes of past meetings, and other information regarding the Stormwater Advisory Committee can be found at www.cleanwaterbaltimore.org. For more information, contact Mark Cameron, Watershed Liaison, at email@example.com or 410-396-0732.
SWAC Meeting Dates
Stormwater Advisory Council Ethics Rules
Baltimore City Code, Article 8 covers ethics provisions for the City.