State of Maryland Archives: on Environment

Margaret Flowers: Environmental justice: Corporations responsible for damage

Environmental justice means that all people have access to clean water and air, healthy foods and a livable future by confronting the climate crisis and environmental degradation. Corporations should be held responsible for environmental damage that undermines the health of communities. And corporations should not extract minerals or energy sources such as oil, gas or uranium if that cannot be done in a way that protects the integrity of our air, water and food systems.

Flowers helped to found Clean Up The Mines, a national campaign to clean up the thousands of abandoned uranium mines throughout the United States that continue to pollute the land, water and air with radioactive and heavy metals. She also helped to found We Are Cove Point, a coalition that is working to stop the construction of a large power plant, refinery and gas export facility in southern Maryland.

Source: 2016 Maryland Senate campaign website, Aug 8, 2016

Martin O`Malley: 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

Martin O`Malley: 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.

But 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

Mary Landrieu: 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,, “Issues” Mar 2, 2008

Michael Steele: 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,, “On the Issues” May 2, 2006

Parris Glendening: $955 million for public transit & Smart Growth initiatives

Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

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