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Governor Proposes Major Investments for Maryland Environment, Chesapeake Bay

January 22nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

For the sixth year in a row, Governor Larry Hogan has proposed major funding to restore the Chesapeake Bay and continue his strong record of skilled environmental stewardship. This includes a record $57.2 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund, more than $280 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide, full funding for Program Open Space and land conservation programs, and $1.6 million to help the agricultural sector meet Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan goals.

Over the last six years, the Hogan administration has committed nearly $6 billion to wide-ranging Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, resulting in measurable improvements to the bay’s health. Since FY 2015, there has been a 24% increase in crab abundance in the bay and a 21.3% increase in submerged aquatic vegetation acreage. Due in large part to the governor’s investments and leadership, Maryland is on track to meet our nutrient pollution reduction goals by 2025.

“Maryland is fortunate to be home to countless natural assets, but for us, none is more important than the Chesapeake Bay. As a result of our collective efforts, the bay is now the cleanest it has been in recorded history,” said Governor Hogan. “I remain strongly committed to meaningful, innovative, bipartisan, common sense policies and programs that protect our environment in a manner that also promotes job growth and economic opportunity.”

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