Some counties also are showing leadership.
Harford County was applauded by the
Maryland Department of Planning for its
adoption of stringent plans to limit large subdivision growth in rural areas of the county.
That sort of smart-growth plan not only will
preserve the county’s rural heritage; it also
will limit the amount of future pollution
added by development.
At press time, Baltimore City and Anne
Arundel, Baltimore, Charles, Harford, Howard,
Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties
have approved reasonable stormwater utility
fees dedicated solely to better managing polluted runoff—a major source of nutrient pollution still growing around the watershed. But
some counties are not making as much
progress as they could. A coalition of seven
rural counties, for instance, has questioned
the value of cleaning up local rivers and
streams that lead to the Bay when sediment
build-up at the Conowingo Dam on the
Susquehanna River has not been fully
addressed. Some other rural counties, including Carroll, Frederick, and Charles, also are
resisting Blueprint responsibilities to better
Eastern Shore: Paddling Toward
CBF’s staff and members on the Eastern
Shore of Maryland are spreading the message
of support for the Chesapeake Clean Water
Blueprint through music and canoe paddling.
Most recently, the Easton Office joined with
the Avalon Foundation to host the Clean
Water Concert Series on three weekends in
June. Through the events, featuring performances by nationally and regionally known
musicians, CBF reached more than one
thousand concert-goers with information on
the Clean Water Blueprint. Almost 50 people gave on-camera testimonials that will be
used at future events.
Blueprint Efforts Increase,
But Some Counties Lag
If the Chesapeake Bay is to be saved and
clean water restored to its rivers and streams,
state, local, county, and municipal governments must cooperate.
Governor O’Malley and the Maryland
General Assembly did their part in the legislative session this year, approving an over
$400 million investment to stop contaminants running off state roads, and to help
local governments reduce polluted runoff.
Also approved was an incentive and
accountability program for farmers willing to
meet Blueprint pollution-reduction goals
immediately rather than later.
Several counties recently
approved stormwater utility fees
dedicated solely to better
managing polluted runoff.
manage sprawl growth, or to better fund
CBF is working to educate our members, the
public, and elected officials in these locations
about possible consequence of their actions
through letters to newspapers, a digital ad
campaign, and testimony at county meetings, among other things.
Partners in Pollution Reduction
This spring, CBF staff and volunteers planted approximately 3,000 trees; 2,000 wetland grasses; and 350 native shrubs along
streams or in wetlands on four farms in western Maryland. One of the farms is a large livestock operation in Carroll County with 700
cattle. These trees and native vegetation will
help filter potential farm pollution before it
enters creeks or goes downstream.
These planting projects, undertaken each
spring and fall in western counties, help
Maryland meet Blueprint goals for agriculture.
CBF also arranges funding, technical assistance, and mentoring for farmers looking to
reduce pollution. This spring, CBF and its
partners also convinced the Maryland
Department of Agriculture for the first time to
provide funding for farmers who raise their
animals on pasture rather than in confined
T T - TA Y
About 120 volunteers helped plant 1,400 trees in one morning at the Flowing Springs Farm in Carroll
County on April 20 in support of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Clean Water Concert performer Susan Werner
talks on stage with a local farmer about the link
between farming and clean water.