Examples of alternative funding mechanisms.
- Pool the debt from several small communities to gain lower interest rates from private institutions
- Use public-private partnerships to finance wastewater treatment plant upgrades
- Sell municipal utility assets, such as water mains, to the private sector
- Extend maturity of state revenue bonds from 20 years to 30 years to coincide with the service life of financed facilities and reduce annual debt service payments
- Create "utilities" to manage stormwater runoff, charging landowners a fee that could be used to install stormwater control devices in neighborhoods built before they were required.
- Assess a one-time septic system installation impact fee of about $100 and/or an annual "aquifer impact fee" for septic systems
- Establish a 2 percent surcharge on the sale of lawn and garden fertilizer
- Use federal or state housing grants to finance public sewer extensions to areas with failing septic systems.
- Expand tax deduction for conservation tillage and animal waste handling equipment to include other environmental equipment
- Require nutrient management plans on all Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation easements
- Develop local agriculture cooperatives on a watershed basis to assist farmers in financing activities
- Increase the cost-share cap for livestock waste storage systems from $35,000 to $50,0000 per system
- Offer companies a chance to partially meet their clean air regulatory requirements by planting trees
- Establish forest mitigation banking systems at state and county levels
- Expand the commemorative Bay license plate program by offering new license plates to increase sales
- Create a habitat stamp sales program patterned after the duck stamp program