Sign up to receive email news updates and info on how you can help protect Maryland's air, water, and land.
We will protect your privacy and will not trade your email address!
House Speaker Michael E. Busch
The Watershed Restoration and Protection Act sets up a funding mechanism to tackle Anne Arundel county's
|Bear Creek Before Restoration|
|Bear Creek After Restoration|
Over half the streams in Anne Arundel County are severely degraded and, as a result, dump tons of sediment into our rivers with every big rainfall. This bill will provide the resources to begin restoring these streams to their natural biological function as stormwater runoff filters.
Initially, this legislation would generate $26.5 million for restoration activities generated by reasonable fees on all landowners. See Read More for specifics.
This legislation, which is supported strongly by the Leopold Administration was developed by a Task Force led by Councilman Chris Trumbauer and Councilman Dick Ladd that included representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, residential and commercial developers, maritime industry and the environmental community.
This is a landmark bill for Anne Arundel County's most important environmental resource-our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. With the passage of this bill we can begin restoring these waterways to a healthy state that we all - including our children and grandchildren -- deserve.
Since 1985 State and County law has regulated development in the 1,000 foot buffer to minimize disturbance and prevent pollution to our waterways. A strong critical area law is especially important in Anne Arundel County where we have 530 miles of shoreline.
Important new provisions include:
County Council representatives depend on your votes and they will respond to your views--if they hear them. Important issues are coming up this year in the Council, including Critical Area and Stormwater Restoration legislation. On this page we will try to keep you informed of what is happening in the Council. It's your job to let your councilman know what's important to you. To find out how....