The Chesapeake is a National Treasure and it essential to Maryland. It is unmatched in its beauty. It is a highway for commercial shipping to bring goods into our country and to export products made here. It provides other jobs too as is it a source of food for millions. Water recreation provides leisure activities as well as jobs in the boating industry. But there is a problem...
Ever since I moved to Maryland in 1973 there has been talk of cleaning up the bay. I had young environmentalists knocking at my door to ask for donations. I have been forced to pay tax after tax for Bay cleanup. And still the Bay is not cleaned. We face major catastrophe when each large storm hits our area and sludge flows over the Conowingo Dam.
I would not begrudge the taxes I pay for the Bay if they were used for their original purpose. But our tax money which is promised to be put into a “Lock Box” for the Bay has been pulled out time after time into the General Fund to cover uncontrolled spending.
On the third of November this year Maryland Public Policy Institute (MPPI) hosted a forum on cleanup of the Bay. Christopher Summers from MPPI said that the people participating in the forum were there because they " care deeplt about the Chesapeoke Bay abd cherish the benefits and the beauty of that natural resource."
Solutions discussed ranged from “harnessing the biological potential of the Bay… using the food chain to combat nutrient loading,” to questions of problems on local estuaries, to dredging of the Conowingo Dam, to new Septic systems, to treating wastewater with yeast to create a system that can reuse sludge.
There was progress in the bay cleanup with Governor Ehrlich's Bay Restoration Act, an important pollution-reducing initiative that reduced pollution into the Bay by seven million pounds per year—cutting levels at that time nearly in half. I for one am looking forward to Governor Hogan’s administration which, after getting spending under control, can once again look for real solutions for the bay, actually using funds raised for bay cleanup to cleanup the bay… What a concept.
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Think Tank hosts forum on Bay cleanup