DelMarVa Leaders Discuss Bay Cleanup
According to Lt. Gov. Rutherford, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan "is leading the most significant bay restoration effort in decades."
Gov. Hogan has successfully strengthened the Phosphorus Management Tool regulations, creating a fair plan for limiting phosphorus levels. In addition, he signed the Rain Tax Mandate Repeal earlier this year, repealing the law that made local jurisdictions collect a storm water remediation fee.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe hosted the meeting. Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser attended the meeting, along with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission L. Scott Lingamfelter and representatives from Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Representatives discussed the strategies that will take shape over the next decade. Such strategies included financing methods for bay restoration and urging other states to help Maryland clean the bay.
According to a June 10 EPA review, Maryland is the only state to show progress in all four of their categories, including agriculture, urban/suburban, wastewater and trading/offsets. Lt. Gov. Rutherford said this is a start, but there is still work to do.
"While we all have one common goal, a restored, healthy, and economically vibrant watershed, there is still a lot of work to be done and collaboration will be critical to our success," Lt. Gov. Rutherford said.