Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration
Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Baltimore District Office
Maryland State Fire Marshal
MDE Waste Management Administration Oil Control Program
Local governments and fire departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland has developed a water pollution permitting scheme that follows the federal regulations. However, Maryland is more stringent as it protects both surface water and groundwater.
MDE has been granted primacy by EPA to administer and enforce the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements in the state.
• Administration and enforcement. In Maryland, MDE's Water Management Administration is responsible for administering and enforcing the state's provisions for water pollution control, including the state's wastewater ...