BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland environmental official is starting a tour around the state to talk about efforts to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers is scheduled to begin the tour on Wednesday at an urban farm in Baltimore.

The tour will highlight stormwater remediation efforts of government, communities and citizens.

Supporters of better stormwater management say that about 18 percent of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay comes from runoff. But critics have been attacking a fee required in 10 Maryland jurisdictions to help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.

Opponents have derided the fee as a “rain tax.”

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