Maryland Stormwater Symposium
A discussion with elected officials and public works and planning staff from Maryland counties and Baltimore City to discuss innovative and cost-effective practices to manage stormwater runoff as part of the cooperative effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and our local waterways. Learn more...
Reclaim the Chesapeake
Bay Public Awareness Campaign
All of us who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are linked to the Bay by many pathways. Whether we live right on the water or miles from the Chesapeake, our actions have a profound effect on the Bay. Learn more...
Governor Martin O’Malley Announces Maryland Meets Milestone Goals to Protect and Restore Chesapeake Bay
Governor Martin O’Malley announced at the Chesapeake Executive Council Meeting announced that Maryland met its 2009-2011 milestones to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. As part of our Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), the State is on track to achieve the next two-year milestone goals and Maryland’s 2017 interim target. Read more…
Healthy Air Act
The Healthy Air Act has resulted in a reduction to the nitrogen load to the Bay that is conservatively estimated at over 330,000 pounds annually. These environmental benefits are comparable to those realized by upgrading a large wastewater treatment plant, but required no government expenditures. Most of the reduction occurred during the first Bay milestone period, which ended in June 2011.
2012 Executive Council Meeting
The Chesapeake Executive Council announced progress under the first set of Chesapeake Bay cleanup milestones at its annual meeting on July 9 at Gunston Hall, near Lorton, Virginia.
They discussed the benefits of this system of short, two-year milestones and how, in the future, it will help partners meet the requirements of the Bay “pollution diet”. The Council also announced the 37 recipients of technical support under the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s “Local Government Green Infrastructure Initiative” and elected Mayor Vincent C. Gray of the District of Columbia as its new Chair. Read more…
Maryland’s 2-Year Milestones
Programmatic Accomplishments, 2009-2012
Maryland met its 2009-2011 two-year milestone goals, even after accounting for expected growth (150,000 pounds nitrogen). We are halfway through the second two-year period, and making considerable progress, taking the actions necessary to reach our goal of a cleaner healthier Bay. Read more…
Proposed Changes to Maryland's
Nutrient Management Regulations
The following presentation outlines the proposed update for Maryland’s Nutrient Management Regulations. In crafting these updates, Maryland has considered recommendations of a University of Maryland scientific panel as well as concerns raised by environmental, agricultural and municipal stakeholders. These regulations strike a balance between maximizing water quality benefits and practical needs of implementing requirements in the field and assuring economic impacts are manageable.
What is BayStat?
- Baystat is a collaborative performance managment system for Bay restoration.
- BayStat is a team, led by Governor O’Malley, that includes the Secretaries of Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, and Planning, scientists from the University of Maryland and other key staff.
- BayStat is a process through which Maryland State agencies develop restoration goals and strategies, and assess their effectiveness and adjust actions as necessary.
- BayStat is a tool that allows Marylanders to track — and most importantly — participate in — Bay restoration.
Water pollution comes from our land — urban and rural, farms and towns, houses and schools, parks and playgrounds — traveling through the watershed’s rivers and streams into the Bay.
All Marylanders play a role in implementing at least some of these actions, and we all must work together if we are to be successful.
To return the Bay to good health, Maryland must reduce the amount of nitrogen entering the Bay each year by about 21% from 2009 levels. We have identified the 10 most significant actions — such as planting cover crops and upgrading sewage treatment plants — that will help us reduce pollution, restore natural habitats and foster smarter, greener growth.
The Environmental Protection Agency has required that the Bay jurisdictions submit Watershed Implementation Plans — detailed, specific plans to reduce our Total Daily Maximum Load — the amount of pollution we send into the Bay.
In 2009, the Bay jurisdictions committed to accelerating restoration actions over 2-year cycles. As of December 31, 2011 Maryland exceeded our first 2-year milestone — implementing best farming practices, upgrading wastewater treatment plants and restoring natural filters on public lands, to achieve a 3,750,000 pound reduction in the amount of Nitrogen flowing into the Bay.
We measure the results of our actions by monitoring water quality and living resources — the health and abundance of our fish, crab and oyster populations.
- Anne Arundel County Council overrides stormwater veto, seeks to cap some fees - Capital Gazette 5/9/13
- Eagle Cam Live-Streams Wild Bald Eagle Chicks in Washington - National Geographic 4/16/13
- Scientists create largemouth bass nesting areas - Star Democrat 4/14/13
- Rockfish Season Opens on the Chesapeake - Southern Maryland News Net 4/13/13
- MDA Encourages Homeowners to Protect the Bay - Southern Maryland News Net 4/13/13
- New DNR program extends to Southern Maryland - SoMd News 4/12/13
- Economic benefits greater than costs of new stormwater controls - Bay Journal 4/1/13
- Development likely culprit in degradation of fish habitat - Bay Journal 4/1/13
- Farm-raised Chesapeake oysters making a splash at area's top restaurants - Bay Journal 4/1/13
Last month I hosted Maryland's Better Choices, Better Results Forum on Sustainability, the third in a series of statewide sessions designed to foster an ongoing, collaborative dialogue on protecting public health and the environment, and generating investments in green jobs. The forum highlighted key sustainability initiatives, including our progress on Chesapeake Bay Restoration efforts tracked by Baystat.
We began the day with a visit to Howard County's Dunloggin Middle School. One of six U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbons School in Maryland, Dunloggin's environmental programs are a model for our new Explore and Restore your Schoolshed initiative.