Wetlands and Riparian Rights (Maryland)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Maryland

Applies to States or Provinces Maryland
Name Wetlands and Riparian Rights (Maryland)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Water/WetlandsandWaterways/Pages/Programs/WaterPrograms/wetlands_waterways/index.aspx

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Department of the Environment regulates dredging, dumping, filling, and similar activities in wetland areas to protect the environmental and public values of the wetlands and to sustain their ability to control floods. Regulations will be enacted with the consent of the Maryland Agricultural Commission. This legislation contains provisions to protect the rights of riparian owners and landowners. Licensing requirements for the construction of non-water dependent structures on piers can be found in section 16-104; such structures may not be permitted in Prince George's County. This legislation addresses licensing and fees for dredging, filling, construction, and similar activities in state and private wetlands, as well as the determination of the boundaries of those wetlands.

Policy Contact

Department Maryland Department of the Environment

Address 1800 Washington Boulevard

Place Baltimore, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21230
Phone (410) 537-3000

Contact Name Rachel Melvin
Department Maryland Department of Agriculture
Division Maryland Agricultural Commission
Address 50 Harry Truman Parkway

Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21401
Phone 410-841-5882

Email rachel.melvin@maryland.gov


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Environment Article, 16, Annotated Code of Maryland

Authority 2: COMAR 26.24