News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

LEONARDTOWN, MD – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a Public Hearing Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. in the Chesapeake Building located at 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, Maryland to consider a new County Ordinance entitled Stormwater Pollution and Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination as required by the State’s General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Permit No. 13-IM-5500, a discharge permit for stormwater.

The New Ordinance follows the guidelines and requirements provided by the State and is intended to address regulatory compliance with the Federally mandated National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System permit requirements. The County’s permit activities including those being addressed by the Ordinance are focused on providing assurance that all necessary actions are taken to meet the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Improvement Plan (WIP Phase III). Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in the public hearing.

Note that as a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearing, amendments may be made to the proposed Ordinance.

Due to social distancing guidelines, Public Hearings are not open to the public. However, Public Hearings may be viewed on St. Mary’s County Government Channel 95 and YouTube. Citizens may also choose to listen to the Public Hearing by calling 301-579-7236; Access code: 963443. Members of the press may attend.

Citizens wishing to comment during the Public Hearing are invited to call in to 301-475-4200 x 1234 on June 9 to speak during the public hearing. Citizens may also submit a three-minute Video Clip to from May 21, 2020, to June 4, 2020, for the 2020 meeting.

Comments may be submitted via email to, or via U.S. mail to: P.O. Box 653 Leonardtown, Md, 20650.

The proposed Ordinance may be viewed on the Engineering Services page of the County Government website  at

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