Clean Chesapeake Coalition and the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session

Senate Bill 620 (SB620) - Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee - Commemorative Weeks - Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

CCC testimony re Support (w/ Amendments) of SB620 - March 4, 2016
CCC testimony in support with amendments of SB620 - Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.
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Click here for MD General Assembly SB620 webpage.

 

This bill would require the Governor to proclaim annually the second week in June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week; and requiring the proclamation to urge educational and environmental organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Choose Clean Water Foundation, to properly observe Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week with specified events, activities, and programs.

 

Sponsored by Senators Middleton, et al.- see bill webpage for listting of all sponsors.

Senate Bill 937 (SB937) - Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Sustainable Oyster Harvest Act of 2016

CCC testimony re Opposition to SB937 - March 8, 2016
CCC testimony in opposition to SB937 - Sustainable Oyster Harvest Act of 2016.
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Click here for MD General Assembly SB937 webpage.

 

This bill would require the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to conduct a study to determine sustainable harvest areas for the public oyster fishery, define appropriate indicators for the public oyster fishery based on the results of stock assessments and other relevant data, determine whether the public oyster fishery is experiencing overfishing, and if the study determines that the public oyster fishery is experiencing overfishing, identify management strategies in collaboration with the Department, industry representatives, and concerned stakeholders to address overfishing consistent with State law.  On or before October 1, 2017, the Center shall report to the Governor, the Department, the Oyster Advisory Commission, and the General Assembly on the results of the study.  The Department may not take any action to increase oyster harvest rates, lift restriction on oyster harvesting, or expand the area open to oyster harvesting until after the Center has made its report.

 

Sponsored by Senators MannoAstleBatesKlausmeierRaskin, and Zucker.

Senate Bill 496 (SB496) / House Bill 599 (HB599) Environment and Transportation - Poultry Litter Management Act

CCC Testimony re Opposition to SB496 - February 23, 2016
CCC testimony in opposition to SB 496 - Poultry Litter Management Act.
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CCC testimony re Opposition to HB599 - February 24, 2016
CCC testimony in opposition to HB599 - Poultry Litter Management Act.
HB599 - CCC Testimony - Opposed.pdf
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Click here for MD General Assembly SB496 webpage.

Click here for MD General Assembly HB599 webpage.

 

This bill would require an integrator to place poultry only at a contract operation that maintains an unexpired nutrient management plan that the contract grower represents has been fully implemented.  It would require an integrator to be responsible for confirming that a contract grower is in possession of an unexpired nutrient management plan before placing poultry at any contract operation and require the integrator to remove excess manure at no cost to the contract grower at least once every year.  This would require the contract grower to store excess manure in accordance with current manure storage regulations, including the requirement to contain all excess waste in animal waste storage structures. 

 

This bill would require all integrator and manure brokers or manure transporters working under contract with integrators to maintain written records of all manure removed from contract operations. 

 

This bill establishes penalties for violations of the requirements set forth in the subtitle.

 

Sponsored by Senators MadalenoConwayBensonFeldmanGuzzoneKelleyKingLeeMannoNathan-PulliamPinskyRamirezRaskin, and Young; House Delegate Lam.

Senate Bill 964 (SB964) / House Bill 758 (HB758) - Environment and Transportation - Natural Resources - County Oyster Committees

CCC testimony re Support of SB964 - March 8, 2016
CCC testimony in support of SB964 - County Oyster Committees.
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CCC testimony re Support of HB758 - February 24, 2016
CCC testimony in support of HB758 - County Oyster Committees.
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Click here for MD General Assembly SB964 webpage.

Click here for MD General Assembly HB758 webpage.

 

This is the CCC’s legislative initiative.  This bill alters the structure, membership, and duties of county oyster committees in each tidewater county in the State.  This bill requires each county oyster committee to consult with the Department on matters concerning oyster management, harvest, and restoration in the respective county waters. 

 

This bill would allow the Department to open or close any natural oyster bar and designate by public notice the gear types and the hours and days allowed for harvest at the request of the county oyster committee.

 

Sponsored by Senators EckardtHershey, and Mathias and House Delegates O'DonnellArentzBromwellFrushHolmesImpallariaJacobsMautz, and Otto.

House Bill 325 (HB325) Environment – Bay Restoration Fund – Use of Funds – Nutrient Credit Purchases

Click here for MD General Assembly HB325 webpage.

 

This bill would authorize funds in the Bay Restoration Fund to be used for the costs associated with the purchase of cost-effective nitrogen and phosphorous nutrient credits in support of the efforts by the State to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  This bill would require the Department of the Environment to consult with the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Natural Resources when adopting regulations.

 

Sponsored by Senator Barve, Chair, Environment and Transportation Committee (By Request - Departmental - Environment)

Senate Bill 620 (SB620) / House Bill 1319 (HB1319) Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

Click here for MD General Assembly SB620 webpage.

Click here for MD General Assembly HB1319 webpage.

 

This bill would require the Governor to annually proclaim the second week in June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week.  This proclamation shall urge educational and environmental organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and the Choose Clean Water Foundation, to observe Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week properly with appropriate events, activities, and programs designed to increase awareness of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay to the State, the region, and the United States.

 

Sponsored by Senators MiddletonAstleBensonConwayEdwardsFeldmanGladdenGuzzoneHoughKingLeeMadalenoMannoMathiasMcFadden,MillerMusePetersPughRamirezRaskinReadySallingSerafiniWaughYoung, and Zucker; and House DelegatesFrushAndersonAndertonAumannBarveBeidleCarrCassillyFlanaganFoldenFraser-HidalgoGainesHealeyHillHolmes,JacobsKnottsLaffertyLamMcCrayMcMillanMorhaimOttoS. RobinsonSaabSteinWest, and Wivell.

Senate Bill 645 (SB645) / House Bill 1110 (HB1110) Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund – Allocation of Funds

Click here for MD General Assembly SB645 webpage.

Click here for MD General Assembly HB1110 webpage.

 

This bill defines “watershed implementation plan” as a plan to achieve the nutrient and sediment limits required under the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load.  This bill updates the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement to the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in regards to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund.  This bill would require the funds to only be used for the implementation of nonpoint source pollution control projects to implement the State’s watershed implementation plan developed in accordance with the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and to improve the health of the Atlantic Costal Bays and their tributaries.  This bill allocates the funds beginning in fiscal year 2017.

 

Sponsored by Senators KingMiddletonBatesCassillyEckardtEdwardsFeldmanKaganMadalenoMannoMathiasNormanPinskyReadySerafini, and Young; and House Delegates FrushAfzaliAndersonAumannBeidleBromwellCassillyFoldenFraser-HidalgoGhristGainesHolmesS. HowardJacobs,LaffertyMautzMcIntoshMcKayO'DonnellOttoParrottReillyS. Robinson, and Wivell.

Senate Bill 719 (SB719) Environment – Stormwater Remediation Fees – Municipalities

Senate Bill 719 (SB719) Environment - Stormwater Remediation Fees - Municipalities
Introduced February 5, 2016.
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Click here for MD General Assembly SB719 webpage.

 

This bill would allow a municipality to charge a stormwater remediation fee to property owned by the State, a unit of State government, a county, or an institution of higher education that is located within the municipality if the municipality has established a watershed protection and restoration fund and the municipality charges a stormwater remediation fee on property owned by the municipality.

 

Sponsored by Senator Young.

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