Bay Restoration (Flush Tax)

The State of Maryland established the (Chesapeake) Bay Restoration Fund. The State requires Allegany County to collect mandated fees, commonly called the flush tax.

Bay Restoration Fund Financial Hardship Exemption


View the Bay Restoration Fund Financial Hardship Exemption Application (PDF). A new application must be completed every year in order to be considered for a financial hardship exemption.

Frequently Asked Questions


View Frequently Asked Questions provided by the Maryland Department of the Environment about the program.

Maryland General Assembly 2012 Regular Session: House Bill 446


(Environment - Bay Restoration Fund - Fees and Uses)

Maryland General Assembly 2004 Regular Session: Senate Bill 320


(Water Pollution - State Waters - Bay Restoration Fund)