Baltimore County Announces Plans For A Sustainable Future
BALTIMORE COUNTY - Baltimore County announced its plans for a more sustainable future on Wednesday, awarding nearly $2 million in federal funding to support climate resilience efforts in Turner Station.
Environmental protection and sustainability have already become big themes for Baltimore County in 2023, with the county considering a plastic bag ban this week. This latest initiative plans to develop a framework for a Resilience Authority that will finance and support sustainable infrastructure projects to protect Baltimore County's shorelines, communities, and residents from climate threats.
In his announcement of the program, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said we have an obligation to take action against climate change for future generations.
"We are already seeing the consequences of climate change – both environmental and financial – in Baltimore County, and we have an obligation to take action now to reduce future impacts," Olszewski said. "A Resilience Authority will allow Baltimore County to proactively research and establish dedicated financial resources for projects to reduce flooding and damage to county and community infrastructure, and I thank the members of the County Council for approving this important contract."
The proliferation of "resilience infrastructure projects" in Maryland started in 2020 when the Maryland General Assembly authorized local jurisdictions in Maryland to establish Resilience Authorities.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) defines climate resilient infrastructure as any infrastructure that is planned, designed, built, and operated in a way that anticipates, prepares for, and adapts to changing climate conditions.
Resilience authorities are tasked with undertaking and funding infrastructure projects such as living shorelines and improved stormwater management.
On December 5, the Baltimore County Council approved an agreement with Throwe Environmental, LLC, to help quantify Baltimore County's climate resilience needs.
Throwe Environmental will develop a comprehensive climate resilience financing system and deliver a final report in the fall of 2023.
Baltimore County would be the third county in Maryland to establish this type of organization, following Anne Arundel and Charles counties.
"Improving Maryland's resilience to climate change and severe weather will better protect our residents' lives and livelihoods. These resources will ultimately help strengthen stormwater infrastructure in Turner Station, which is essential for homes and businesses facing increasingly frequent flooding. Projects like this help protect our neighborhoods from the harmful and costly impacts of the climate crisis, which is exactly why we fought for this federal funding," U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen said.
Why do people believe these leaders? The Obamas bought a house that is waterfront, John Kerry takes private jets everywhere, AOC says the world is ending in 2032, yet the low-educated voter continues to vote for the Johnny’s, the Van Hollen’s, etc. Will these leaders get rid of their air conditioning in their house? I’m all for conservation, but educate yourself and vote these people out.
Just what climate change is Johnny O referring to? Must be something I missed.
Sorry, maybe not enough coffee in me yet. This is a bunch of words on a screen. "Environmental protection and Sustainability" look like buzz words tossed out there, but they have little if any impact. I'd be more interested in the concrete plans for the Back River water treatment plant.
In addition, how about hiring someone with vision to take a look at the light rail, mass transit plans now coming to the fore. The County has posted seven plans. I don't know who made them up, but I can only imagine that the developers are foaming at the mouth to get the money. You know, "Show them some plans. let them pick one and we go to the bank!"
I don't trust the vision of developers. I don't want "builder grade", poorly thought out projects that not only don't do the job, they make things worse.