No Discharge Zone



Both Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis advisory bodies have called for the federal designation of a No Discharge Zone throughout the county’s and city’s tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay.

Here are links to the key documents in this discussion:

 White Paper: No Discharge Zones in Maryland’s Waters

This is an authoritative summary of the whole issue, with such facts and numbers that exist, by the Department of Natural Resources leaders of the clean vessel and clean marina initiatives, updated to September 2014.

Literature Review of No Discharge Zones

This is a nine-page overview authored by the Chester River Association staffer who prepared the association’s NDZ application, with a short bibliography.  2014.

Application for a State-Designated, Federally-Approved No Discharge Zone

In the absence of a formal outline and contents of a No Discharge Zone application, the Chester River Association prepared this 26-page template. It’s the place any prospective applicant should start.

Annapolis Environmental Commission resolution

On 5 November 2014, the Commission submitted to the mayor and City Council a resolution recommending “a formal No Discharge Zone designation of Annapolis waters.”

Anne Arundel County Maritime Industry Advisory Board resolution

On 24 October 2016, the Board recommended  to the County Executive that the county “would benefit from having its waters declared a No Discharge Zone and such an application should be pursued through appropriate authorities.”

Severn River Commission resolution

On 12 December 2016, the Severn River Commission passed a unanimous resolution recommending that Annapolis and Anne Arundel County pursue an application for a No Discharge Zone applying to all navigable tributaries, creeks, coves and harbors.


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Interactive Map of the Proposed No Discharge Zone


Existing EPA Regions 1-3 No Discharge Zones


Download maps of the Proposed No Discharge Zones for each river basin using links below the large area map  below

NDZ map 1 and inventory

NDZ map 2 and inventory

NDZ map 3 and inventory

NDZ map 4 and inventory

NDZ map 5 and inventory

NDZ map 6 and inventory

NDZ map 7 and inventory

NDZ map 8 and inventory

NDZ map 9 and inventory