Note (March 12, 2013): This page was initially set up to make available documents related to the work of the Takoma Park Task Force on Environmental Action, but was updated March 12, 2013. All links and documents have been posted by Steve Davies, who was co-chair of the TFEA with Joe Edgell and wrote the air quality chapter. The TFEA report (link above) was submitted to the council in April 2010.
The city council has hired a contractor, The Brendle Group, to create a sustainability action plan. Representatives from the company made a presentation at the council’s March 11, 2013 meeting.
In addition to the Brendle plan, some more recent links have also been added, including, e.g., a report on questionable discharges from the Maple Avenue Outfall and the 2011 arborist’s report. Scroll down for the full list of links and send an email to poplarav at gmail.com if you come across any that take you nowhere.
Takoma Park may wish to consider an evaluation of the stormwater pollution prevention plan for the Public Works yard and opportunities to control pollution sources and treat stormwater runoff at this site.
The City currently has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the County regarding illicit discharges. The MOU established authority for monitoring, investigation and regulation of illicit discharges by the County within the City beginning in 2006. The agreement was made because the City did not have the resources to effectively run their own program as required under their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and, prior to the agreement, was directing all water quality complaints to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Although Montgomery County does have the resources and infrastructure in place to respond to water quality complaints, those resources are spread very thin across the County. Staff at the County charged with responding to illicit discharges also respond to noise and air quality complaints. The City may want to re-assess their ability and capacity to direct resources into the establishment of their own illicit discharge program. The City currently invests in outfall monitoring (KCI 2010), which should be acknowledged in particular because this is not a requirement of Phase II General MS4 permits with the state. The City has a vested interest in maintaining clean surface water as evidenced by this fact.
The City may wish to consider investment in more detailed illicit discharge investigations, particularly in following up with the problems identified in this report as well as those exceedances identified in KCI (2010). (emphasis added)
City stormwater reports
"Fine particulate matter, a pollutant that can cause serious health problems when it gets into the lungs and bloodstream, is expected to increase an additional 1.3 percent over last year's predictions, the COG study found.
"The federal Clean Air Act requires metropolitan areas to show that they will remain within their pollution limits when emissions from existing traffic are combined with those forecast to come from future road and transit projects. Exceeding those limits can cost a region money for new transportation projects. The Washington area is required to reduce emissions from vehicles, power plants and other sources because it has failed to meet federal ozone standards for decades.")