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Land and Water

MDOT is committed to delivering a transportation program that protects and improves the land and water resources of Maryland. MDOT projects are reviewed by resource and regulatory agencies for impacts to

  • Trees
  • Water
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife
  • Aquatic life

We work closely with Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, as well as other state and federal agencies to find ways to reduce our impact to natural resources.

Mitigation and Habitat Restoration

When impacts can’t be avoided, MDOT is required to provide mitigation. This may mean restoring a stream or planting trees. Planting trees is one of the most cost-effective water quality treatment strategies for reducing pollutants into Maryland's waters. Mitigation could also include building a wildlife passage to allow deer or fish to pass over or under our systems. For example, MDOT SHA specifically designed 44 bridges and culverts for Maryland's Inter-County Connector (ICC) to provide safe passage for deer, small animals, and aquatic species. Additionally, MDOT actively supports habitat restoration such as MDOT MPA's efforts to repurpose dredged materials for the expansion of Poplar Island. Due to this effort, Poplar Island provides habitat for a variety of birds, mammals, and aquatic life.

 

Other Environmental Links:

Chesapeake Bay Program: http://www.chesapeakebay.net/

Critical Area Commisssion: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/criticalarea/

Maryland Coast Smart Council: http://dnr.maryland.gov/climateresilience/Pages/cs_Council.aspx

Maryland Department of the Environment: http://www.mde.state.md.us/

Maryland Department of Natural Resources:  http://www.dnr.state.md.us/

Patuxent River Commission:  http://planning.maryland.gov/ourwork/patuxentrivercomminfo.shtml