The capitol dome in Annapolis viewed from Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Donna Rice.
2013 Maryland Legislative Session
The 2013 legislative session was a success for the Bay! Here's what we'll see as a result: more trees planted along farm streams, new construction projects (and jobs) to upgrade aging storm water systems, more oyster shells collected to enlarge reefs, and more winter crops planted on crop fields, among other benefits.
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.