(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Tonight, Governor Hogan vetoed legislation that would permanently protect oyster restoration sites in five Maryland tributaries. In 2014 Maryland committed to restore oyster populations in those tributaries and ensure their protection. Following the veto, CBF Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost issued this statement:
“Governor Hogan’s veto is extremely short sighted. The public is making critical investments and we are seeing results. There is a thriving oyster population in Harris Creek, delivering improved water quality and essential habitat for crabs and other aquatic life. Maryland citizens deserved to have their investments permanently protected.
“The Chesapeake Bay Foundation calls on the General Assembly to protect the public interest and override Governor Hogan’s veto.”