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Second Annual Environmental Summit

The Chesapeake BaySavers held their Second Annual Legislative Summit at University of Baltimore School of Law on October 17th. We were joined by top government officials who spoke about spending cuts and the pressing environmental issues we face in Maryland today. Moderated by Bay Journal environmental staff writer, Rona Kobell, we enjoyed a candid discussion on the impact of President Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding as well as pressing water quality issues. We received insights on actions needed to protect Maryland’s investment in the Chesapeake Bay and the audience had the rare opportunity to get their questions answered!

Stay tuned for details regarding our Third Annual Legislative Summit!


Reporter, Chesapeake Bay Journal

Rona Kobell is a reporter for the Chesapeake Bay Journal. She also was co-producer and co-host with Dan Rodricks of Midday on the Bay, a monthly public affairs show on WYPR in Baltimore that ran for more than five years. She blogs daily and breaks news at and maintains an active Bay Journal presence on Facebook. A former Baltimore Sun reporter, she has also contributed to Grist, Slate, Modern Farmer, Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Chesapeake Bay magazine. She was recently the main writer for an agriculture pollution report produced by the Abell Foundation, and just finished a second report about hemp.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and was a 2008-2009 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the university


Deputy Chief of Staff

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Larry Hogan, a role she has held since 2016. She is responsible for oversight of departments of Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Planning, as well as the Maryland Energy Administration, Maryland Environmental Service, and the Public Service Commission.

Ms. Haddaway-Riccio is a former member of the Maryland General Assembly and served as a member of House of Delegates, representing District 37B, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties from 2003 to 2015. She served as a member of the Economic Matters Committee during her entire tenure in the House of Delegates. Ms. Haddaway-Riccio holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Salisbury University.


Democrat, District 17, Montgomery County

Chair, Environment and Transportation Committee, 2015-present; Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 2003-present (management subcommittee, 2003-present);Chair, science & technology subcommittee, 1997-2003);Environmental Matters Committee, 2003-05 (agriculture, agriculture preservation & open space subcommittee, 2003-05; environment subcommittee, 2003-05; natural resources subcommittee, 2003-05). Majority Leader, 2003-15.

Member, Wetlands and Waterways Funding Work Group, 2004; Health and Government Operations Committee (partial credentials only)



Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City

Member of Senate since January 8, 1997. Chair, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2007- (Vice-Chair, 2003-07; member, 1997-present; Chair, health subcommittee, 2007-10, 2015-17,Review, 1998-2003; Wetlands and Waterways Funding Work Group, 2004; Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06.

Member, Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, 1997-99; Task Force on Indoor Air Quality, 2001-02; (partial credentials only)



Democrat, District 42 Baltimore County

Member of House of Delegates since January 10, 2007 Deputy Majority Whip, 2014-. Member, Environment and Transportation Committee, 2015- (environment subcommittee, 2015-; chair, land use & ethics subcommittee, 2015-);Joint Audit Committee, 2011- Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, 2011-. Chair, Regional Revitalization Work Group, 2015- (member, 2013-). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 2007-15 land use & ethics subcommittee, 2007-15; local government & bi-county subcommittee, 2007-15; environment subcommittee, 2011-15). Chair, Baltimore County Delegation, 2015- (vice-chair, 2011-15).

Member, Task Force to Study Group Home Education and Placement Practices, 2007-08; Oyster Advisory Commission, 2007-12. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Baltimore County Board of Education, 2011. Member, Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011; (partial credentials only)



Director of MDE Environment’s Water & Science Administration

Lee Currey is the Director of the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water and Science Administration. In this capacity, Director Currey oversees more than 250 personnel and manages a budget of nearly $30,000,000. Previously, Currey directed the Science Services Department for MDE, where he worked with senior leadership to develop innovative solutions to water quality and other environmental challenges.

Additionally Currey has managed MDE’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program since from 2010 to 2012, playing a key role in the development of Maryland’s Watershed Implementation Plan to restore local waterways and meet the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay.

A licensed professional engineer, Currey received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware in 1993 and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University in 1998. He left the private engineering sector to join MDE in 2000.