Oxford, Maryland Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection Fund, Ordinance 1403

On May 13, 2014 the town of Oxford, Maryland adopted a pioneering ordinance to create a Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection (SMSP) Fund. Oxford commissioners unanimously agreed to increase the town’s property tax rate in order to collect fees for the maintenance, enhancement, improvement and repair of the Town’s stormwater management and shoreline protection improvements, facilities and systems. The fund will raise approximately $100,000 per year to help mitigate ongoing and increasing impacts from flooding throughout the community.

While not addressing climate change or sea level rise directly, Oxford’s fund will have the capacity to address coastal flood risks from tidal events, storm surges, and sea level rise through shoreline protection.

Creation of a the SMSP Fund will have a dedicated budget for maintenance of the current infrastructure and a long-term capital improvement plan addressing both current and future infrastructure improvements and upgrades. This infrastructure includes ditches, swales, culverts, drains, outfalls, tide gates, storage areas, bulkheads, living shorelines and other structures placed to control water levels.

The ordinance was established after a stormwater and flood management financing study was conducted for the town. This year-long project was sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and was a collaborative effort among the town of Oxford, the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, George, Miles & Buhr LLC, and Preservation Green. A chief recommendation of the study was to create a stormwater management and shoreline protection fund. 

Publication Date: May 13, 2014

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  • University of Maryland
  • EPA Environmental Finance Centers


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