Maryland Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- Maryland’s dam safety program has 4.75 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 87.6 state regulated dams.
- Maryland has 68 high hazard dams.
- 96% of the state regulated dams in Maryland have an Emergency Action Plan.
- Maryland’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $422,987.
- Maryland has reported $5.4 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- Maryland has 20 sites on the National Priorities List.
- Maryland has approximately 31 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- Maryland has reported $8.5 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 37 public-use airports in Maryland.
- 368 of the 5,294 bridges in Maryland (7.0%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 1,099 of the 5,294 bridges in Maryland (20.8%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- Maryland received $105.1 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- Maryland has 530 miles of inland waterways, ranking it 18th in the nation.
- Maryland’s ports handled 35.3 million short tons of cargo in 2009, ranking it 20th in the nation.
- Maryland has 9 freight railroads covering 755 miles across the state, ranking it 43rd by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs Maryland motorists $1.598 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $422 per motorist.
- 55% of Maryland’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- Maryland has 31,459 public road miles.
- Maryland’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 9,701 per capita, ranking it 32nd in the nation.
- Maryland’s gas tax of 23.5 cents per gallon has not been increased in 20 years.
- Maryland has 141,107 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- Maryland has reported an unmet need of $121.5 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in Maryland spent a total of $3.7 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that Maryland schools have $3.9 billion in infrastructure funding needs.
- Maryland produces 2.241 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 34th.
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