Public Open House on Chesapeake Bay Draft Watershed Agreement – March 4

On Tuesday, March 4, from 3-8pm, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of the Environment (MDE) will host a public open house to learn about the current draft Watershed Agreement.  The open house will be at St. John’s College, Mellon Hall, Francis Scott Key Auditorium Lobby, 60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.

From DNR’s website:

Three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners and jurisdictions are seeking public input on a new agreement that will guide the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting citizens, stakeholders and local governments to conservation success.

The draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement outlines a new plan for collaboration across the Bay’s political boundaries and clarifies the Bay Program’s vision and values. It establishes a series of interrelated goals and outcomes that will achieve results to protect and restore the Bay, its tributaries and the lands that surround them, as well as the health of the more than 17 million people who live here.

All citizens and stakeholders are encouraged to attend, learn about the current draft Watershed Agreement, speak with knowledgeable staff, and provide input to ensure the best possible final agreement for Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The public comment period is open until March 17, 2014.

Visit DNR’s website for more information or to submit your comments on the draft watershed agreement.