The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources (OSER) offers practical solutions for protecting the environment, conserving energy, and living sustainably in Frederick County, Maryland.
Roles of the Office
OSER’s key focus areas revolve around sustainability and watershed management. Our team provides resources and initiatives for citizens and homeowners to create a more sustainable lifestyle. Recently, OSER created A New Framework for Sustainability that provides an internal guide to the organization of the County's sustainability program.
OSER's duties towards watershed management include maintaining programs to conserve, assess, and restore Frederick County's watersheds through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. This permit, issued by Maryland's Department of the Environment, aims to control the impacts of stormwater pollution and runoff on our local waterways. Additionally, as part of the permit, OSER develops plans towards meeting Chesapeake Bay Reduction requirements, and oversees documentation for County-owned facilities that have a General Permit for Discharged from Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities.
You can find out more about all of our great programs on the Programs page!
Office of the County Executive
On July 1, 2017, the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources was moved under the Office of the County Executive. The County Executive establishes the long-term vision for Frederick County and ensures effective and efficient services to county residents.