Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER)
Winter 2017
In This Issue
Livable Frederick
America Recycles
Business Resources
OSER Staff Listing
Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance Update
Neighborhood Green
Green Homes Challenge
Solar Co-Op
Watershed Management Update
Sustainability Commission Event
Sustainable Maryland

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Frederick County Sustainability Commission Meetings
January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Meeting Room
Winchester Hall

Winter Tree ID
February 25, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Chestnut Farm at 
Fox Haven

Proper Pruning
March 25, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Renewable Energy for Your Home
January 14, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Seed Starting with
 Rick Hood
February 15, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Renewable Energy for Your Home
Thurmont Regional Library
February 2, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Registration required; email Lisa Orr to 
sign up.

is a dynamic approach to long-range planning,  putting into place the community's vision for a sustainable, high quality of life in Frederick County, Maryland, over the next 25 years.  Livable Frederick focuses on:
  Vibrant, healthy communities
  Enhanced accessibility
Sustainable business growth
 Economic resilience
 Equitable housing
 A strong agricultural economy

In celebration of "America Recycles Day" Frederick County Government announced the winners of its annual
Business Waste Reduction and Recycling Award.

This award program provides public recognition for local organizations that have demonstrated leadership in their efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Three businesses are being awarded this year:

MOM's Organic Market

Natural Fusion
 Hair Studio 
Werres Corporation

This year's applicants described a wide variety of actions designed to conserve resources, many of which make both environmental and economic sense, and all contribute to our community's efforts to
"Recycle More. Waste Less."

Congratulations to the winners! 


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Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources Staff

Shannon Moore

Darlene Bucciero
Project Manager IV
Suzanne Cliber
Neighborhood Green Program Coordinator

Don Dorsey 
Project Manager III

Bonnie Griesemer
Chesapeake Conservation 
Corps Volunteer

 Angelia Miller 
Project Manager I

Lisa Orr
Sustainability Program Coordinator

Linda Williamson Project Manager I 
Making Connections

                                                                                      Photo by Kai Hagen
As I write this, we are going into a Snow Emergency Plan.  The trucks are out pretreating roads and will be plowing and deicing as the storm progresses.  Frederick County's Highway Operations manages these efforts on county roads.  HOps, as we call them, works to keep the roads clear while reducing the use of salt.  HOps recently announced that it installed new equipment to pretreat roads with sodium chloride brine. The purpose of the brine is to reduce the amount of rock salt used on the roads while providing a more thorough coverage for deicing. Our main highway yard and satellite facilities also have tanks of a liquid pretreatment material called caliber, which is made from magnesium chloride. Another best practice is the use of anti-skid material that provides traction on the roads. Our local quarries produce a crushed gravel product that works for this purpose. The HOps uses a street sweeper to collect salt from roads and bridge decks after the threat of winter storms has passed. Check out a recent article in Frederick News-Post's Green page on this topic.

Stay warm this Winter and remember that Spring is not far behind!

UPDATES from the Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance
The Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance met on December 19, 2016 at Pinecliff Park.     Jenny Willoughby , Sustainability Manager with the City of Frederick was the guest speaker and gave a presentation on the "5 Trees for Me" program.   

The City of Frederick will grow its canopy from 14 percent to 40 by 2030, but it will take help from development, residents, and City staff to pull it off. The City's new "5 Trees for Me" initiative will help homeowners learn the right trees to plant in their yards, how to get DNR coupons to help offset the costs of new trees, and track the benefits of those trees through opentreemap/frederick
T he Monocacy and Catoctin Watershed Alliance  is coordinated by the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources.  To find out more information about the alliance, please visit our website

Don Dorsey
e have three new staff starting in the month of January to help with stormwater permit compliance!  Don Dorsey comes to us from Montgomery County, where he oversaw watershed assessment tasks and restoration project monitoring, especially for stream restoration and green infrastructure projects.  He also helped develop the County's watershed restoration strategy.  He will help us with the development of a new program to acquire voluntary easements and plant on public land, oversee water quality monitoring, and oversee implementation of Frederick County's Stormwater Restoration Plan. 

Linda Williamson
Linda Williamson
comes from Planning and Development Review within Frederick County Government where she helped manage projects for the department which includes working with stormwater management engineering.  Her experience is a great fit for a new role managing the County's portfolio of watershed restoration projects and stormwater best management practices.

Angelia Miller
 Miller previously worked for our office as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps 
member.  In her new role, she will manage the County's eleven industrial discharge permits in addition to the County's Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program.  We're grateful for the help and so excited to bring in such outstanding new team members! 

 STORMWATER PROGRAM:  Neighborhood Green Program 
Neighborhood Green Program Provides up to $800
 in Grant Funding for Eligible Homeowners

F rederick County's Office of Sustainability & Environmental Reso urces (OSER)  is offering an expanded  Neighborhood Green Program This initiative will help landowners in the Upper Monocacy brook trout watersheds  (Thurmont, Myersville, northwest Frederick)  of Frederick Count y to control stormwater runoff on their properties and reduce pollutants from entering our local waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay.
If your property qualifies, homeowners may receive a free site-specific landscape and turf grass management plan (valued at $200) completed by an OSER-approved contractor. The landscape plan will determine which best management practices will work on each unique property.  Management practices include rain gardens, conservation landscaping, tree plantings, downspout disconnections, and rain barrels.  For a $200 homeowner contribution, the program will provide up to $800 for the landowner to implement the recommended management practices using an OSER-approved contractor
WHY PARTICIPATE?  Implementing these practices will reduce the stormwater pollution that affects the water we use for drinking, swimming, and fishing. It will also attract birds and pollinators while creating a beautiful landscape! Make a beneficial and lasting impact on our stream and watershed health and participate in the Neighborhood Green Program. SPACES ARE LIMITED!  SIGN UP NOW FOR SPRING 2017! 

Please visit the Neighborhood Green website to fill out an application and for more information. 
Frederick County officials and OSER staff will recognize Certified Households at the 6th annual Green Homes Challenge Recognition event on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.

The Recognition Event will include prize drawings for certified households from our event sponsors.  Households will receive an entry for every challenge they are certified in! I f you haven't certified yet, now is the time!  All households must be certified by March 1, 2017.  

Visit the Green Homes Challenge website  to get started!   If you need help navigating the challenge or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, please contact Suzanne Cliber.
NEW INITIATIVE:  Frederick County Solar Co-Op
  The Frederick County Solar Co-op   is a partnership between the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods ( MDSUN)  created as an opportunity for homeowners, nonprofits and small businesses to get a competitive price for solar installations from a qualified firm.   The group has selected
 Sustainable Energy Systems , a local Frederick County business, to install solar panels for the growing 71 -member group   By forming a group of interested buyers and selecting a single solar install that best meets the interest of the group, co-op members can receive lower prices as a result of economies of scale and reduced labor costs for business development and marketing. For purchased systems, SES's base price per installed watt for the co-op is $2.59; this is 27% lower than the current national average of $3.57 per installed watt.

Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase or lease panels. The installer, Sustainable Energy Systems, will  assess each property for its solar potential, develop personalized proposals, including financing options, for each co-op member based on installation size. At that point, co-op members will be able to decide individually if going solar is right for them. Joining the co-op is as easy as filling out a simple on-line form at
"I am excited to work with Sustainable Energy Systems and see how much I can save with my system," said Jessica Arbuthnot, a member of the co-op. "I appreciate having the support of a group as I go through this process."  

The co-op is open to new residential and small business members until February 28, 2017.   The group will hold its final public Information Session  to educate the community about solar and the co-op process  on January 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.,  at the C. Burr Artz Library Frederick County residents, small businesses, or organizations such as churches can learn more about the co-op, register for, or watch a video of, an information session, and join the co-op by visiting Questions about the program can be directed to OSER's Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member, Bonnie Griesemer, at 301.600.1416 or  

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT UPDATE:  Englandtowne Stormwater Pond  
The Frederick County National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requires the County to achieve nutrient and sediment reductions equivalent to the treatment of 20% of impervious surface acres within the 5-year permit term to help meet Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) established for the waters within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. To meet the requirements of the NPDES MS4 permit, the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) identified the Englandtowne stormwater pond as an ideal candidate for a retrofit  as part of the Bennett Creek Retrofit Assessment completed in 2009. You can view this Assessment at the following link.
The stormwater management pond serves the residential community of Englandtowne and is located between Shakespeare Way and Chaucer Court. The pond was constructed in 1993 as a dry detention pond and it outfalls to a tributary of Fahrney Branch.
Stormwater Pond with Forebay facing
 Weir wall and outfall into Fahrney Branch
Frederick County's Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources will retrofit this stormwater management facility to reduce nutrients and sediments within the Bennett Creek watershed a nd provide for the treatment of 13.7 acres of impervious surfaces . The design of the retrofit will be in compliance with current State dam safety regulations (MD-378) while achieving the following objectives:
  • achieve the maximum amount of water quality treatment within the current footprint of the existing pond;
  • enhance the pollutant removal efficiency;
  • increase the pond habitat available to wildlife; and
  • continue to provide flood control.

To maximize the objectives stated above, a  550-ft stream restoration effort beginning from the inlet to the pond moving upstream was completed in November 2014. 
On October 28th, the Frederick County Sustainability Commission hosted the "Green Your Scene" Fall Symposium at Brook Hill United Methodist Church for businesses and schools interested in employing sustainable environmental practices.  

The first half of the program showcased current and planned sustainability initiatives for Frederick County. Attendees learned "What's Next" for waste management, received updates on the Property Assessed Clean Energy Loan Program (PACE) initiative, and got information about the Green Homes Challenge, Neighborhood Green, and related initiatives.

T he second half of the session was focused on connecting local schools to resources aimed at expanding environmental stewardship. Representatives from the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education spoke about the process of becoming a certified green school and showed examples of projects from around the state. A networking session gave participants the opportunity to meet with and learn more about resources available from community groups and also talk with schools that are integrating green projects.


COMMUNITY UPDATE: Congratulations Sustainable Maryland Certified Communities!
The City of Frederick was one of three municipalities in Frederick County Maryland to be honored at the Sustainable Maryland Awards Ceremony at the Maryland Municipal League's Fall Conference.  Middletown and Thurmont were also honored at the ceremony.   Frederick was one of eight Maryland municipalities to become certified in 2013, and the City became re-certified again this year.

Achieving the Sustainable Maryland Certification is a very meaningful designation for municipal governments in Maryland, showing their strong  commitment to sustainability.  Municipalities can exceed the minimum requirements by making progress in additional sustainability categories to become a state-wide and national leader.

The Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources advances practical solutions for protecting the environment,  conserving energy, and living sustainably 
in Frederick County.