Final Agenda Released For MACo “Chesapeake Checkpoint” Symposium

MACo has released the final agenda for its June 24, 2015, symposium: “Chesapeake Checkpoint: Where Are We With Water, Pollution, and Bay Cleanup Efforts?”  The symposium will run from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Blue Heron Center at Quiet Waters Park (600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403).  Lunch will be provided.  Dress code is business casual for both speakers and attendees.

The symposium will feature two panels offering updates and perspectives on the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).  Confirmed panelists include EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office Director Nicholas DiPasquale; Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles; Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources Mark Belton; Dr. Sarah Taylor-Rogers from the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology; and representatives from the agricultural, homebuilder, and municipal communities.  Attending counties will be given the opportunity to discuss their TMDL programs and perspectives over part of the lunch hour.

The final two panels of the day will be breakout sessions and attendees can choose to learn about and discuss issues related to: (1)  the Susquehanna River/Conowingo Dam; or (2) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) stormwater permits and the 2015 stormwater remediation fee/”rain tax” legislation.

Please contact Les Knapp if you have questions about the content of the symposium.

Pre-registration is necessary to attend.  If you wish to register, please contact Kaley Schultze at MACo (410.269.0043 or kschultze@mdcounties.org).  Registration is free for MACo members (Maryland county elected officials and county staff).  Nonmembers may attend for a fee of $75, on a space-available basis.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event. Please contact Kaley if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

Thank you Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks for being a lead sponsor of this symposium. Thanks also to Funk & Bolton, P.A. and the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) for their generous sponsorship of this event.

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