(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement today in response to Governor Martin O'Malley's request that Maryland join a legal fight against 21 states attempting to overturn the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the regional plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Governor O'Malley requested on Feb. 12 that the Attorney General submit an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's and CBF's defense of the Blueprint. Governor O'Malley also has promised to enlist other Bay states to file amicus briefs.
"We thank Governor O'Malley for his leadership to repel this outrageous assault on the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The attack is coming from states that are outside the Bay's watershed.
"The Blueprint was crafted by all the Bay states following countless meetings with input from citizens, farmers, homebuilders and everyone with a stake in the Bay's health. And it's succeeding. We can't let states from Texas to Alaska who have been recruited by Big Agriculture prevent us from cleaning up our rivers, streams and the Bay.
"We thank Governor O'Malley and Attorney General Gansler for stepping up. We call on all the Bay states to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy environment by joining Maryland as friends of the court to fight this outside interference."