Sun Blog Documents Huge Costs of Bay Cleanup

Last night on the B’More Green blog of the Baltimore Sun, writer Tim Wheeler discusses the dramatic cost estimates facing local governments in implementation of the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet” and watershed implementation plans.

From the article, some discussion about the quandaries faced by several Eastern Shore counties:

[MDE Secretary] Summers said counties and municipalities were asked to outline what they plan to do at least over the next two years to help reduce bay pollution. Maryland is using the local plans to prepare its own bay cleanup road map for the EPA, which is due Thursday.

Calvert, Talbot and Worcester counties did not submit plans by the deadline. Talbot Planning Officer Sandy Coyman emailed that the county’s strategy had to be redone because the state changed the county’s pollution targets less than three weeks before the due date. The County Council approved the plan last week, he said.

Calvert’s commissioners are scheduled to review their plan Tuesday, according to a county planner. And Worcester’s commissioners, after expressing some discomfort with getting too specific in their plan, ordered changes to it and informed the state they’d submit it after their next meeting Dec. 20.

Read the full article here.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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