We are at a crucial moment in our campaign to clean up theChesapeake Bay and its waters. We have a plan in place to reach Maryland's clean water goals within the next decade, and in fact we are more than halfway there. Scientists have said the Bay is getting cleaner; the dead zone is receding, crabs are rebounding, and local waters are getting cleaner. But to cement these gains and ensure we ultimately reach the goals, we have to keep pushing our elected leaders. We cannot rest until the next generation can safely swim, eat, and drink from our waters.
To help us achieve this, we are asking for you to please take one minute to stand up for clean water and let your voice be heard. Most importantly, we need to assure Speaker of the House Mike Busch (who is also our Delegate in District 30) that you (his constituents) support the Clean Waters, Healthy Families campaign goals (bill #'s in parentheses):
- Ensure that local governments have resources to reduce polluted storm water runoff and implement their local clean water plans (SB 614/HB 987);
- Finish upgrading the wastewater treatment plants that Maryland has already committed to (SB 240/HB 446);
- Reduce pollution from poorly planned development - including limiting new septic systems (SB 236/HB 445)
By simply calling or sending an e-mail to your elected leaders, you will be letting them know that you care about clean water, a healthy environment, and the health of your communities and your family.
We may not have another shot at this. There are many walking the halls of Annapolis fighting to thwart this important legislation. Your voice and your support are vital to restoring your creeks, your rivers, and your streams. Remember when you could see the bottom, when the water was clear, where fish flourished, and crabs could be caught by the dozens; when watermen thrived and oysters were abundant? We can get there again and we are so close. Don't let that dream slip away.
Please take a minute to send an e-mail like the one below to Speaker Busch today and say "Yes" to clean water.
You can also call his office at 410-841-3800.
Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of our Rivers!