Department of the Environment (DoE)

Welcome to Your Department of the Environment

The Department of the Environment (DoE) works for a healthy, beautiful, and sustainable County through programs that provide clean water, flood control, recycling, and waste management, litter prevention, animal services, and pet adoption in partnership with residents and other stakeholders.

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Pets & Adoption

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Clean Water

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Register for the virtual Spring Community Partners' Meeting

Thursday, April 13, 2023
9 a.m.
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Announcing the Expanded 
Curbside Composting program


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Residents receiving County-provided trash AND recycling services, can now place two (2) standard bulky items directly NEXT to the trash cart/can for collection. Read more tips below and on our Clear the Curb page.

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T. Howard Duckett Community Center
Stream Restoration Project Announcement

DoE is pleased to announce the upcoming water quality restoration at the WSSC Rocky Gorge Reservoir: “T. Howard Duckett Community Center Stream Restoration Project,” located in West Laurel, just east of the T. Howard Duckett Community Center. 

The project will treat the runoff from the adjacent roadways and ballfields that becomes concentrated causing significant erosion and the formation of an entrenched channel into the Rocky Gorge Reservoir. As water quality is of critical importance, especially for drinking water reservoirs, this project will help in treating the runoff into the reservoir by reducing sediments into the reservoir by 322 tons per year and restoring 56.7 of impervious acres towards the County’s NPDES Permit. DoE will commence the construction phase in Fall 2023 and anticipates completing construction operations by February 2024. Landscaping will be completed in Spring 2024.

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Fall 2022 Green Scene Newsletter

The latest edition of the Green Scene newsletter is now available! Learn how eligible residents can participate in the newly expanded Curbside Composting program and so much more! 
Read all the articles by clicking on the image below.

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