The Maryland General Assembly approved record funding to clean up the Bay next fiscal year—from $395 million for the State Highway Administration to reduce polluted runoff into local waterways to $31.5 million to help farmers, cities, and counties ramp up their local clean water efforts.
In addition to dollars, the legislature approved some innovative new policies to accelerate the Bay cleanup, including one law that verifies farmers are actually reducing pollution in return for business certainty once they meet all water quality standards.
We also helped defeat attempts to roll back our Bay clean-up progress—from reducing water pollution standards, to repealing zoning restrictions in rural areas, and delaying stormwater system upgrades.
Thanks to Governor Martin O'Malley, our legislative leaders, CBF and its partners and members, we are finally turning a corner. The success of the 2013 legislative session will help ensure that Maryland meets its responsibilities under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint and restores the Bay for future generations to enjoy.
In this interview, CBF Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost discusses why the farmer "certainty bill" was so important to pass. Prost also comments on the Hudson case and the effect it's had on the discourse between environmental and agriculture advocates.
CBF Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost talks about what's at stake for environmental protection in the 2013 Senate vote on transportation infrastructure funding. We also learn why 2012 was a "Watershed Year" for the environment in Maryland, the status of the Chesapeake Bay's report card, and the importance of the septic bill.