Clean Chesapeake Coalition: An Overview

Governor Hogan and members of his Bay Cabinet with a familiar picture (July 7, 2016 in Cecil County)

The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure constituting the largest estuary in the United States and one of the largest and most biologically productive estuaries in the world.  The mission of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition is to advocate, raise awareness and take action in order to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay in the most effective and fiscally responsible manner possible.


Despite significant efforts by federal, state, and local governments and other interested parties, pollution in the Chesapeake Bay prevents the attainment of existing water quality standards.  The pollutants that are largely responsible for impairment of the Bay are nutrients, in the form of nitrogen and phosphorus, and sediment, much of which comes directly from the reservoir of the Conowingo Dam located on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania.


Unfortunately, many of the present policies, programs and activities that the State of Maryland imposes on our local governments and us as taxpayers in the name of saving the Bay are unlikely to have meaningful beneficial impacts on the Bay, without first addressing the real source of the Bay's problem.  Many of the policies, programs and activities that the State of Maryland presently mandates fails to constitute efficient expenditures of precious financial resources in terms of their overall cost-effectiveness to clean up the Bay.


In the Clean Chesapeake Coalition, participating Maryland local elected officials are joining forces on behalf of the jurisdictions and taxpayers they represent, to collectively analyze the scientific justification, costs and efficacy of the current Chesapeake Bay clean-up agenda being driven by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan.  Also known as the "pollution diet," the TMDL is being aggressively enforced by the State of Maryland by way of its own Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) and other mandates.


Through comprehensive research and analysis of publicly available data and other resources, our Coalition is working to identify, advocate, and take action to develop and implement the most cost-effective policies, programs and practices that will measurably improve the water quality of the Bay and its many tributaries.



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