Maryland Update


Dundalk neighborhoods sit directly across Bear Creek from the Sparrows Point steel mill. Toxic pollution has been found in the creek's sediment and residents can't recall the last time anyone swam in the creek.

Nikki Davis

From the Desk of Josh Kurtz

Fall 2022

CBF, Scientists, and Advocates Oppose AquaCon Salmon Factory Permit

CBF's Maryland Office is helping to coordinate an effort to urge Maryland Department of the Environment to deny a discharge permit that would allow a proposed AquaCon salmon factory in Federalsburg to pump 2.3 million gallons of salmon-tainted purge water into Marshyhope Creek per day.

University of Maryland and Salisbury University scientists joined community members and environmental advocates to testify against the proposed factory at an August 10 public hearing on the permit. The proposed permit fails to address pollution risks to the state's only known endangered Atlantic sturgeon population, how AquaCon would handle catastrophic failures such as a fire or fish die-off at the factory, and whether withdrawing 2.3 million gallons of water per day from the aquifer underneath the Eastern Shore will cause the land to sink.

Maryland Rod and Reef Slam Fishing Tournament Returns in October

The Chesapeake Bay's unique fishing tournament returns with a bash this year. The Rod and Reef Slam, where the winning anglers are the ones who catch the most diverse species of fish, will take place from October 8 to October 16 this year. The purpose of the event is to highlight how restored oyster reefs provide fish habitat so anglers must catch fish over reefs and log their catches using an app on their phones.

For the first time, anglers who participate in the tournament are invited to an awards ceremony and after-party at CBF's Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis on October 16.

Hilary Harp Falk Meets with Maryland's Congressional Delegation to Discuss Bay Cleanup

CBF President and CEO Hilary Harp Falk met with Maryland's full Congressional delegation in late July for the first time since taking the helm at CBF. Falk expressed her concerns for the decline in blue crabs in the Bay and discussed ways to reduce agricultural runoff.

About 90 percent of the remaining pollution reductions needed to reach the 2025 Clean Water Blueprint clean-up goals will need to come from reducing farm runoff. Falk also shared info about her background growing up on the Bay and ongoing efforts to incorporate environmental justice into CBF's advocacy work.

Kandis Boyd, the new Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program, joined Falk at the discussion with the federal representatives.

—Josh Kurtz
Maryland Executive Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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