Protecting & Enhancing the Natural Environment

The decisions we make impact our environment - today and for generations to come. From the mountains in the western part of the State to the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland encompasses diverse ecosystems. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is committed to protecting and enhancing the environment. Through the principles of mitigation and stewardship, we look at how highway projects will affect the environment today and in 100 years.

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay and Local Waterways

details MDOT SHA enforcement of the Clean Water Act, educational outreach about controlling pollutants, Bay restoration strategies, and details about the MDOT SHA Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.

Environmental Stewardship and Mitigation

… a voluntary and a mandatory approach, are the principal measures used by MDOT SHA to protect the environment. These address reforestation, planting, invasive plant control and wetlands/waterways.

Wildlife Protection

MDOT SHA uses fencing and animal crossings to direct wildlife away from highways.

Pollinator Habitat Plan

This is MDOT SHA’s guidance to plant native nectar and other plants to protect bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators.