Maryland churches save money on stormwater fees by becoming better stewards of their property through green infrastructure.
(2014) Washington Post article. Churches managing stormwater onsite receive discounts on their State of Maryland stormwater remediation fee for putting in rain gardens, water catchment systems and permeable pavement in original Washington Post reporting. The fee is assessed by the size of impervious surface on public and private commercial and residential property. Churches may have large acreage with large parking lots. Stormwater management may spur economic development in the county as well. “God expects us to be good stewards…from the beginning in Genesis, to the Psalms, ‘Let the Earth rejoice, let the seas roar,’ Well, how can it if it’s polluted?” said Rev. Nathaniel Thomas, Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church in the Washington Post item.