With a state legislative session underway in Maryland that is critically important to meeting new Chesapeake Bay pollution limits, friends of the Bay are holding their annual Legislative Summit at 5 p.m. today in Annapolis. High on the agenda are much-needed funding for sewage plant upgrades and projects to reduce polluted runoff, as well as legislation that would better regulate construction of large new subdivisions on septic systems in rural areas.
Legislative support is needed to continue progress with cleaning up the Bay through the Maryland’s plan to meet new pollution limits (also called the Bay Total Maxiumum Daily Load, or TMDL). “Maryland has crafted a good plan to sustain our momentum. Now lawmakers must do the right thing to ensure the plan goes into action,” said Kim Coble, Vice President for Policy and Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker is scheduled to speak at the event in the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis; as is Senate President Mike Miller; Senators Brian Frosh and Joan Carter Conway; House Environmental Matters Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh; Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin; and representatives of the South River Federation; the West/Rhode Riverkeeper; the Sierra Club; the Anacostia Watershed Society; and the Ancostia Watershed Society.
Afterwards, advocates will continue the conservation at a Green Drinks event at 6:30 p.m. at the Loews Annapolis Hotel at 128 West Street in Annapolis. Everyone is welcome!
By Tom Pelton
Chesapeake Bay Foundation