As a state, Maryland must work urgently to address water pollution from every source — whether it is agriculture, urban and suburban stormwater runoff, or septic system runoff — to protect our lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. We need to conserve our forests, wetlands, and open spaces that act as natural filters for our waters.
Bay & Clean WaterDannielle Lipinski2020-02-19T16:20:51-05:00
Farmers want to live in healthy communities and that includes a healthy Chesapeake Bay and clean water. They depend on clean water for crops, livestock, and for their own families. Elected officials who support Maryland agriculture should also support efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and clean water.
The Maryland seafood industry annually provides approximately $600 million to the state’s economy. Fish depend on clean water and healthy Bay habitats. Maryland prides itself on healthy seafood production, including blue crabs, oysters, striped bass, and more. No one wants to eat a crab cake from crabs that lived in impaired waterways. Representatives who support our watermen also need to support Bay cleanup and the fight for clean water.
Business owners are invested in their communities. They and their employees want to live, work, and play in healthy communities. Legislators who support Maryland’s business community must also support environmental restoration efforts and clean water protections.
Maryland’s tourism is strengthened by a healthy Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. In 2018, tourists spent $18 billion in Maryland. The Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s many rivers and streams are among the state’s top attractions. Elected officials who support Maryland’s tourism must also support continued efforts to restore the Bay and protect our rivers, streams, and forests.