Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton and Department of Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles discussed policy and answered questions at an open forum with attendees at the MACo Summer Conference.
Secretary Belton briefly provided updates on Program Open Space, DNR’s Chesapeake Bay related programs, the Oyster Advisory Committee, and clean up efforts of the Patapsco River stemming from the recent storm that devastated parts of Ellicott City.
Secretary Grumbles briefly highlighted MDE’s Chesapeake Bay related efforts, continued challenges and work related to storm water remediation, and a desire to work closely with local governments on restoration projects across the state.
The dynamic duo then yielded the remaining time to answer questions from the audience which ranged from forest conservation to TMDL recalibration and green infrastructure.
The Open Forum with DNR and MDE was moderated by Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti, a former Harford County Council Member that has worked with MACo on environmental issues both as a MACo member and as a state legislator.
The 2016 MACo summer conference was held August 17-20 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. This year the conference’s theme was “Cyber Solutions: Counties in the Digital Age.”