Chanting, singing, and waving signs proclaiming “Clean Water Is Our Right!” more than 150 advocates of legislation that would reduce pollution from stormwater, sewage treatment plants, and sprawl rallied this morning at the Maryland State House in Annapolis.
The protesters urged state lawmakers to pass bills to increase funding for wastewater plant improvements through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund (or “flush fee”). The advocates also asked for approval of legislation that would require 10 urbanized counties and municipalities to create fees to build stormwater pollution control systems. Both of these sources of funding are critical if Maryland is to meet new federal pollution limits for the Bay. The group also urged lawmakers to pass a bill that help limit sprawling development.
Governor Martin O’Malley and legislative leaders pledged to keep fighting for these initiatives as the General Assembly heads into its final few weeks of the session. “With your help, we are going to secure even greater investments in our Bay Restoration Fund, because we believe in clean water,” O’Malley told the cheering crowd.