January 22, 2015
CBF: Sad Day for Maryland
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—"This is a sad day in the long fight to make Maryland waters clean enough for swimming and fishing. Governor Hogan has hurt the rivers and streams on Maryland's Eastern Shore where 228,000 tons of excess manure will continue to be applied to farm fields each year, and to wash off into nearby creeks and river. The new governor rolled back 10 years of progress when he withdrew the Phosphorus Management Tool, a common sense, science-based solution to the manure crisis...Additionally, by withdrawing regulations that would have reduced pollution from coal-fired power plants, Governor Hogan also has put corporate interests above the people of Greater Baltimore."
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement following Governor Hogan's withdrawal Wednesday of the Phosphorus Management Tool and nitrate oxide reduction regulations.
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January 30, 2015
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Issues Statement on Halt to Natural Gas Permits
(HARRISBURG, PA)—"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation commends Gov. Wolf's decision to cease issuing new permits for natural gas extraction in the Commonwealth's parks and forests...CBF does not oppose natural gas development if done safely, nor have we called for a permanent ban on gas development in the region. But because of concerns regarding the unknown large-scale impacts of the industry, in 2011 CBF called for and continues to believe a federal study of cumulative impacts of all unconventional natural gas extraction in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is necessary. No such study has been initiated, however."
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell issued this statement following Gov. Tom Wolf's moratorium on natural gas drilling in state forests and state parks.
January 28, 2015
Clean Water Counts! in Jefferson County: CBF Applauds Commissioners for Adopting Clean Water Resolution
(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) applauds the Jefferson County Commissioners for adopting a Clean Water Counts resolution calling on state officials to make clean water a top priority for the Keystone State. "Healthy families, strong communities, and a thriving Pennsylvania economy depend on clean water," said Harry Campbell, CBF's Pennsylvania Executive Director. "We applaud and thank the Jefferson County Commissioners for publicly voicing their support for clean water in the Keystone State."
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CBF In the News
January 28, 2015
Environmental Group Warns of Water Supply Damage in Light of Hogan Decision
(The Sentinel)—Last week Governor Larry Hogan withdrew pollution regulations which were set to go into effect early next month in a move one Chesapeake Bay advocacy group says could harm the state's water supply..."It's well established by science that the soil of the Eastern Shore is saturated by too much phosphorus," said Tom Zolper, Maryland communications director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "That phosphorus soil seeps pollution into the creeks, the river, and into the Chesapeake Bay. All of that extra phosphorus is killing fish and having a profound effect on the waters of the Eastern Shore. There is a manure crisis on the Eastern Shore and Governor Hogan's actions have rejected a common sense scientific solution to that crisis." Read More
CBF In the News
January 25, 2015
Counties Reconsider Stormwater Fees
(Baltimore Sun)—For opponents of increased fees and taxes, rollbacks [of stormwater fees] represent a victory over what critics deride as a "rain tax" unfairly levied on urban and suburban residents and businesses. But it also raises the question whether the counties will have enough money to pay their share of cleaning up polluted stormwater that harms rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. "To just roll it back or zero it out is a major concern for us and it should be a major concern for the state," said Kim Coble, vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which lobbied heavily for a state law enacted in 2012 requiring counties to establish the fees in order to pay for cleanup projects...The Bay Foundation is watching to make sure that counties that reduce or eliminate stormwater fees still are dedicating money to pay for projects such as restoring eroded streams, creating wetlands and planting trees—all of which reduce the flow of polluted stormwater. Read More
Baltimore Members: Annual Meeting December 4
Please plan to spend an evening with us at the National Aquarium for the 2nd Annual Baltimore Members Meeting. This year, the Mighty Oyster will be the focus of the meeting. We have invited speakers to talk about the history of oysters in the Bay, the Oyster Wars, the current state of this keystone species and the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership. More information and Registration