The Chesapeake Bay region is more than half way to meeting its goals for water pollution reduction. A coalition of 14 Maryland environmental groups has announced a legislative agenda to finish the job. Several critical policies must be enacted during the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly in order for Maryland to make good on its commitment to make local water safe for all Marylanders.
“People may be surprised to learn how much progress we’ve made toward clean and healthy water. But now we are at a critical moment in history which will determine if we complete this work, or slide backward,” said Kim Coble, Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
“Maryland has crafted a good plan to sustain our momentum. Now lawmakers must do the right thing to ensure the plan goes into action.”
The Clean Water, Healthy Families Coalition will work during the 2012 legislative session to ensure Maryland: completes large sewage plant upgrades; ensures local governments have the resources to reduce contaminated runoff; limits pollution discharges from new septic systems around the state; and reduces pollution from poorly planned development.
Restoring the Chesapeake Bay and our local streams and rivers that feed it can create thousands of jobs