Environmental Programs

Worcester County Government Center
1 West Market St. Room 1306
Snow Hill, MD 21863

Phone: (410) 632-1220
Fax: (410) 632-2012



Comprehensive Critical Area Code Update

The Department of Environmental Programs, is inviting community members and developers to review the newly introduced Bill No. 21-8 of the Worcester County Code that governs Worcester County’s Critical Area Law.  The public hearing on the legislation will be held at a future legislative meeting on December 7, 2021.  This introduced legislation represents a comprehensive rewrite of the existing law which was undertaken under the approval of the Worcester County Commissioners. The bill simply codifies the combination of our existing programs and provides updates in accordance with State law changes that are already enforced by staff.  It does not address or include any additional regulations over and above that which we already must apply, or have been agreed to in prior local amendments to this code.

View the text of the bill here. 

The regulatory process include two (2) public listening sessions in different areas of the county for informational exchanges and questions concerning the revised law.  They will be held on:

Northern County
October 20, 2021– Ocean Pines Library Meeting Room from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM

Southern County
October 27, 2021– Worcester County Government Building, 1ST Floor Conference Room from 5 PM-7 PM

Comments and questions received at these meetings will be summarized for the public hearing in December.

Feedback/comments on the bill will be accepted. Please email Jenelle Gerthoffer at jgerthoffer@co.worcester.md.us or fax at 410-632-2012.

Nuisance Flood Plan

We prepared the attached plan in response to Maryland HB 1350/1472 which requires each coastal community that experiences nuisance flooding (typically one foot deep) to develop a plan to address the problem. The plan highlights management actions already taken by the County to identify and plan to address this portion of the community’s flood risk, and establishes thresholds for future actions. As we work to inform an periodically revise this plan, we will be collecting best practices from other coastal communities and local flood data over the next 5 years and will identify changing environmental conditions and inform decisions regarding private and public mitigation actions.

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Program’s web site. Our office is located in Snow Hill. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. If you need assistance please feel free to call (410) 632-1220.

The Department and its divisions have complimentary areas of focus, have responsibility for implementing and enforcing a wide variety of regulations and programs primarily pertaining to environmental and natural resource management for land use activities.  These programs include:

  • Bay Restoration Fund grant program
  • Beach monitoring
  • Campgrounds and mobile home parks
  • Community hygiene
  • EDU transfers
  • Gas and plumbing inspection and plan review
  • Sanitary Service Area expansions
  • Sediment and erosion control
  • Shared Facilities
  • Shoreline construction (see resources below for application)
  • Sludge application
  • Stormwater management
  • Transient non-community water systems
  • Wastewater haulers
  • Well and septic


Additional programs for which the Department is responsible include:

  • Forest Conservation
  • The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Areas
  • Land preservation
  • Natural resource protection
  • Water and Sewer planning  
  • Watershed Planning


The Department is divided into a series of Divisions/Services:

  • Environmental Programs
  • Land Preservation and Environmental Planning
  • Natural Resources
  • Plumbing and Gas


Department Administration

Robert Mitchell, LEHS, REHS

Director of Environmental Programs

Worcester County Government Center
1 West Market St. Room 1306
Snow Hill, MD 21863

Phone: (410) 632-1220
Fax: (410) 632-2012

David M. Bradford, Jr.

Deputy Director of Environmental Programs

Dept. of Environmental Programs
Worcester County Government Center
1 West Market St. Room 1306
Snow Hill, MD 21863

Phone: (410) 632-1220  x1143
Fax: (410) 632-2012