State of Maryland Archives: on Environment
Passed milestone of preserving 1 million acres of open space
We are making our air and our waters cleaner. We have planted more trees on public lands in the last seven years than ever before. More farmers are now planting cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff than ever before. To protect our farmlands, our forests
and our open space for the future, this year Maryland passed the milestone of preserving 1 million acres for our children's future.
Together, we have taken the strongest actions in decades to make the Chesapeake Bay cleaner and healthier; strong
actions that are restoring our menhaden, our blue crab, and our oyster populations.
And we are leading the states of our Bay watershed in cleaning up the Chesapeake--consistently meeting our two-year milestones, allowing less nitrogen and phosphorus
to pollute our Bay today than seven years ago. Measurable progress, by our hands, in our time, for the long term restoration of the Bay.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature
Jan 23, 2014
Flush Tax: fund green upgrade to wastewater treatment plants
My Republican predecessor called the "flush tax" one of his most important accomplishments while in office. By allowing us to make green upgrades to wastewater treatment plants, we have greatly reduced the pollution flowing into our Bay.
the fee was never sufficient to cover the work that has to be done. While others have suggested tripling the flush tax, I believe that the fairest way forward is to double the yield by switching most households to a fee structure based on consumption--
whereby, the less you use, the less you pay. This will double the amount of work we are able to do for the Bay.
SB 240 would modify increase the average fee from $2.50 per month to $5.00 per month. Low end users (e.g., 2,000 gallons per month) would
see a lower fee ($1.80 per month) and higher end users (e.g., 8,000 gallons per month) would see an increase ($9.30 per month). Residents who qualify for an exemption from the fee because of income will be encouraged to apply for this exemption.
Source: 2012 Maryland State of the State Address
Feb 3, 2012
Coastal wetlands erosion is an unfolding catastrophe
Coastal and Levee Protection: One of the nation’s greatest environmental catastrophes is slowly unfolding every day in Louisiana. Because of manmade changes to our waterways, the natural replenishment of our coastal wetlands has ended and erosion
is slowly destroying our coastline. We lose the equivalent of a football field of land to the ocean every 30 minutes--that’s 25 to 35 square miles every year.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, www.marylandrieu.com, “Issues”
Mar 2, 2008
Revitalize the Chesapeake; focus on open space preservation
Michael is committed to working with Maryland conservationists to promote a stronger, healthier environment. Michael worked with Gov. Ehrlich to protect and revitalize the Chesapeake. Michael worked with conservationists to help restore the Anacostia and
help complete the Anacostia River Walk. The Ehrlich-Steele administration worked to preserve almost 60,000 acres of fields, open space, farmland and forests; and currently, one out of five acres in Maryland are under permanent environmental protection.
Source: Campaign site, MichaelSteeleForMaryland.com, “On the Issues”
May 2, 2006
$955 million for public transit & Smart Growth initiatives
We must take the next dramatic steps to make Smart Growth a permanent fixture on Maryland’s landscape.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature
Jan 8, 2001
- We will create a “Smart Growth Clearing House,” a one-stop information center for builders, planners, environmentalists, farmers, and others who
want to incorporate Smart Growth into their initiatives.
- We will also advance the Smart Growth / Anti-Sprawl ethic with a $750 million investment in public transportation. Our goal is to double Transit ridership by the year 2020.
- We will also
launch a new “Community Legacy” program with an initial commitment of $15 million. This program--modeled after Rural Legacy-will fill in funding gaps in existing programs to revitalize targeted neighborhoods.
- We will expand our efforts to focus on
Community Parks & Playgrounds with a 3-year, $45 million initiative.
- [We propose a] 5-year, $145 million investment in Maryland’s “Green Print”. We will do more to preserve large tracts of open space, and work to connect already preserved lands.
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