In a wise move, Del. Hodges tabled his HB 2008, which was to raise the limit for addressing stormwater impacts under the Bay Act from 2,500 square feet to 10,000 square feet.
Stormwater continues to be one of the biggest contributors of pollutants to the Chesapeake Bay, and it is one that we have the least handle on to control. The 2017 General Assembly agreed to study the issue of how to assist smaller rural localities not having the expertise or financial ability to review/approve Erosion & Sedimentation and stormwater plans without removing protections that are so needed for water quality.
It is so important that we not lose the momentum achieved in the bay cleanup. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2016 State of the Bay Report shows that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is working. Water clarity, underwater grasses, crabs, and rockfish all show improved scores over 2014.
Thank you, Del. Hodges, for your continued leadership in the General As...
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