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§ 8-101. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandNatural Resources

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Natural Resources
Title 8. Waters (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. In General (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-101
§ 8-101. Definitions
In general
(a) In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b) “County” includes Baltimore City unless otherwise indicated.
(c) “Department” means Department of Natural Resources.
(d) “Person” includes the federal government, the State, any county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision of the State, or any of their units, or an individual, receiver, trustee, guardian, executor, administrator, fiduciary, or representative of any kind, or any partnership, firm, association, public or private corporation, or any other entity.
(e)(1) “Pollution” means every contamination or other alteration of the physical, chemical, or biological properties, of any waters of the State.
(2) “Pollution” includes change in temperature, taste, color, turbidity, or odor of the waters of the State or the discharge or deposit of any organic matter, harmful organism, or liquid, gaseous, solid, radioactive, or other substance into any waters of the State as will render the waters of the State harmful, detrimental, or injurious to public health, safety, or welfare, domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, other legitimate beneficial uses, or livestock, wild animals, birds, fish, or other aquatic life.
(f) “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
Waters of the State
(g) “Waters of the State” includes:
(1) Both surface and underground waters within the boundaries of the State subject to its jurisdiction;
(2) That portion of the Atlantic Ocean within the boundaries of the State;
(3) The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries;
(4) All ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, public ditches, tax ditches, and public drainage systems within the State, other than those designed and used to collect, convey, or dispose of sanitary sewage; and
(5) The floodplain of free-flowing waters determined by the Department of the Environment on the basis of the 100-year flood frequency.


Added by Acts 1973, 1st Sp. Sess., c. 4, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974. Amended by Acts 1976 c. 185; Acts 1976 c. 351; Acts 1990, c. 6, § 2; Acts 1991, c. 50, §§ 1, 3; Acts 1991, c. 55, § 1; Acts 1995, c. 488, § 8, eff. July 1, 1995.
Formerly Art. 66C, § 411; Art. 96A, §§ 2, 24, 48.
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-101, MD NAT RES § 8-101
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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