Agreement for Fixing Baltimore Sewers Should Be Top Priority of New Mayor

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, issued this statement today following the release of proposed modifications to the consent decree between Baltimore City, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and Maryland Department of the Environment, to eliminate sewer overflows in Baltimore:

"Raw sewage flushing into Baltimore's streams and the Inner Harbor is unacceptable, a 19th century situation in a cutting edge city.

"This modified agreement between the city and government agencies purports to fix a dire situation. But we still have concerns exactly how Baltimore will be held accountable to finish this critical job.

"Ensuring this is completed should be a top priority for all candidates for mayor in Baltimore.

"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation looks forward to hearing more details about this agreement at the information session on June 7 hosted by the state and federal agencies. We plan to thoroughly examine this plan to make sure it results in cleaner water in Baltimore."

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