Maryland passed legislation to reduce impervious surface effects and stormwater runoff by mandating a remediation fee for ten of its counties. Along with the fee, mandated counties may use funds generated to encourage residents to follow stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). This study uses Maryland's Howard County as a case study to examine the potential participation of its residents in financial incentives for the BMPs of rain gardens, cisterns, and permeable pavers. A survey was issued to gauge potential participation of homeowners (n=110), and results were then compared to participation numbers in three similar already implemented financial incentive programs. Results revealed low expected participation of Howard County homeowners in the three examined practices. Barriers that prevent homeowners from considering participation in such practices and the catalysts that could drive higher participation in financial incentives for those practices in the future were exposed.
Larson, Kristin M.; Caldwell, Jim; and Cloninger, Alexander
"Examining Potential Residential Participation in Financial Incentives to Mitigate Impervious Surface Effects in Howard County, Maryland,"
Suburban Sustainability: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/subsust/vol2/iss1/2