Monday, November 2, 2009

Putting teeth in bay cleanup

Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Maryland) has introduced legislation to put some teeth into cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Among the provisions:
  • Reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program which is run by EPA;
  • States in the 64,000 square mile watershed would have to devise more specific plans to reduce pollution;
  • States would have to write stormwater permitting rules that protect the natural hydrology of an area under development
  • States would have to abide with a watershed-wide "total maximum daily load" limit on nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment.
The legislation also provides $1.5 billion in grants to help states achieve these goals. Starting in 2014, the states would have to issue progress reports every other year. A failure to make adequate progress could result in loss of those funds. There's the teeth!
More about the legislation and cleaning up the bay at the Washington Post and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It sure would have been nice if our past two Democrat governors had gotten off their asses and done more for the Bay but i guess the Democrats only wanted to give us lip service.