While we are still determining our legislative priorities before session begins on January 9, we plan to work on the following issues:
- Oyster Protection and Restoration: The Bay's beloved bivalve, known for its water-filtering prowess, is critical to saving the Bay. We plan to fight not only for increased restoration funding, but to protect oyster sanctuaries from harvest.
- Forest Conservation: Preserving Maryland's most valuable forests is critical to local water quality. We will continue the fight to mitigate an epidemic of forest loss.
- Climate Change: With more than 7,000 miles of shoreline and increasingly severe localized flooding, Maryland is particularly vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. We will support efforts to increase coastal resiliency and increase reliance on renewable energy sources.
- Bay Funding: Pollution reduction efforts on farms and in urban and suburban areas are behind schedule. Maryland's budget must fully fund restoration and land conservation programs, and prioritize long-lasting, cost-effective pollution reduction practices.