Throughout Governor Hogan’s first three years in office, I have worked with him to find common sense solutions for issues that affect our State. Whether it was repealing the ridiculous Rain Tax mandate, passing tax credits to help manufacturers and other job creators in Maryland, pushing for tax relief on retirement income, or holding the line on wasteful spending to get our budget back under control, Governor Hogan has been committed to making Maryland more friendly to families, retirees, and businesses.
The health and cleanliness of the Chesapeake Bay has been a critical issue for decades in Maryland. The Bay is essential to Maryland's economy and is also one of the biggest drivers of tourism in our state. One of the most significant problems that plagues the Chesapeake is the runoff pollution that washes into Maryland from neighboring states, especially those north of the Mason-Dixon Line. A recent scientific study suggests that the Conowingo Dam, the position where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay, is no longer collecting pollutants. This is an issue that I and other leaders begged the O'Malley administration to take action on. They refused, instead pursuing inane policies like the Rain Tax and trying to restrict housing growth on septic systems anywhere in Maryland, no matter how close it was to a body of water.
Governor Hogan has, thankfully, taken a different approach to tackling the health of the Chesapeake Bay. He's taken the Conowingo Dam pollution seriously. Any time a tropical storm hits, the silt and nutrients that flood through the Dam cancel out much of the progress we make through years of TMDL limitations or septic restrictions.
Last summer, the Governor asked private industry leaders to introduce potential solutions to this threat to the health of the Bay. Over a dozen companies responded to the Governor’s call to action and have proposed ideas. In the coming weeks, the Governor will introduce a plan that will help remedy the problem posed by the Conowingo Dam and other drivers of pollution. I applaud the Governor for his common sense, private sector focused initiative to protect the vitality of the Chesapeake Bay without punishing taxpayers and our agriculture community.
Providing for the longevity of the Chesapeake Bay is a responsibility that all Marylanders can support, regardless of political affiliation. It is important to continue teaming with the private sector to find creative answers to the issues we face. It is an honor to serve you in Annapolis, please feel free to reach out to me anytime with any questions, opinions, or problems you might have. Call my office at 410-841-3683 or email me at Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us
Senator Justin Ready