(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement concerning a hearing on SB 391. The legislation is designed to overturn last year's septics and growth legislation.
"It is the job of state government to set broad parameters that protect water quality and the state's rural lands. No one person has the right to exploit our natural resources at the expense of others. While many counties are implementing the letter and spirit of last year's legislation, some are trying to roll back that progress.
"Putting in place protections that encourage growth in areas that will generate less pollution makes common sense and will improve the quality of life for our children and future generations. Those protections are not a "taking," as some suggest; instead it enhances the value of agricultural lands and will help protect the fabric of rural Maryland.
"While cooperation between individuals, governments, and businesses has delivered marked progress in reducing pollution to local waterways, we have a long way to go until our waters provide healthy habitat for fish, oysters, and other aquatic life. We have an ongoing responsibility to deliver a cleaner environment to future generations and in order to do so we need all Marylanders to move forward with the implementation of last year's septics and growth legislation."