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Environmental and sustainability work in Howard County involves nearly all of our County departments, especially Office of Environmental Sustainability, Planning and Zoning, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Economic Development. The County aims to lead by example and challenges citizens to embrace environmental stewardship and sustainability.  

The County's Environmental Sustainability initiatives follow the triple bottom line approach – all of our work aims to protect Howard County's environment, save money and protect the health and welfare of all Howard County citizens. Find out how we work in partnership with citizens, businesses, and non-profits and how you can join us to Live Green Howard County.

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Tree Canopy Program

The Tree Canopy Program aims to create and enhance tree canopy- the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above- throughout the County. Tree Canopy provides many benefits to communities including improving water quality, saving energy, lowering city temperatures, reducing air pollution, enhancing property values, providing wildlife habitat, facilitating social and educational opportunities, and providing aesthetic benefits.

Rigid Plastics
Howard County residents may now recycle many new types of plastic material curbside and at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center.
Stormwater Management Division
The Stormwater Management (SWM) division strives to advance the quality of life for the citizens of Howard County through the improvement and management of the quality and quantity of water that originates in, falls onto, or passes through the county on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area
Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the 1021 acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. Click the link for more infroamtion about this site
Pilot Composting Facility
Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services is embarking on a composting pilot project using the best available technology to protect the environment and produce quality compost.
Deer Management
The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks has announced its fall/winter schedule of managed deer hunts. The hunts will be held in an effort to help maintain a stable, balanced white-tailed deer population in our parks where deer browsing has been shown to reduce biodiversity.
Flood Protection
Floodplains are low land areas that are located next to rivers, streams, and lakes. During increased rain and snow activity, these lands store flood waters and reduce its impact on surrounding areas.
Stream ReLeaf Program
Stream ReLeaf is a program designed to enhance stream buffers —  protective strips of trees, shrubs and other vegetation along a stream — by providing free native trees and shrubs to homeowners.
FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) Update
Information about the new FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Howard County.
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