August 24, 2018

NACo had opposed the 2015 WOTUS definition over concerns that it would apply to county-owned stormwater and roadway structures. MACo also submitted comments prior to the 2015 rule being finalized, asking EPA to clarify that the rule's language would not apply to county-owned ditches and storwmater drainage channels. Despite providing verbal assurances that the new rule would not apply to such structures, EPA refused to consider a clarifying amendment before the rule was finalized.
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Summer Conference: August 14-17, 2019
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 Conduit Street Podcast Corner: 
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by MACo's Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, to discuss the future of Smart Growth in Maryland, the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and recap #MACoCon. Listen in to hear an update on "A Better Maryland," the ongoing implementation of the Chesapeake Bay's "pollution diet," and the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements established by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and overseen by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
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Counties in Action:
Baltimore City
Frederick Washington
Mayor Pugh visits Comcast and others at the Summer Conference Exhibit Hall.
Representatives and County Executive Jan Gardner at the Frederick County Booth at Summer Conference.
Washington County brings a variety of local cheeses to the Taste of Maryland at Summer Conference.


Corporate Partner  Spotlight: 
MACo Gold Corporate Partner , Aetna, Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

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