Happy Holidays from the Chesapeake BaySavers!
Looking back at 2019, we have accomplished a lot! We…
- Hosted our 3rd Annual Environmental Summit to educate the community about having a voice concerning the health of the Chesapeake Bay. If you missed this event, please see our video recap by clicking here!
- Enacted legislation to permanently protect five tributaries that have already received tens of millions of dollars in oyster restoration funds.
- Successfully fought legislation that would have made it much more difficult to meet oyster restoration goals.
Second, as we look forward to 2020, there is much more work to be done.
Immediately, we are engaging legislators and urging them to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the Oyster Task Force legislation in January. This bill is important, because it would bring together a balanced group of stakeholders to establish a fishery management plan to rebuild Maryland’s oyster stocks.
We are also working on a 2020 legislative agenda that includes bills to:
- Make oyster aquaculture theft a felony. Oysters are powerful natural filters for the Chesapeake Bay. Each adult oyster can filter approximately 30 gallons of water a day. Oyster aquaculture is critical to the long-term health of the Bay.
- Establish increased accountability for current laws on the books to protect the Bay, which will include the establishment of a Chesapeake Bay Ombudsman. The Ombudsman will track violations of existing laws, act as an intermediary between various state agencies with oversight of the Bay, and add efficiency to government action, which will save millions in taxpayer dollars.
In the coming year, we also plan to provide educational and environmental forums in area high schools. We are already planning our 4th Annual Environmental Summit for Fall 2020 where we hope to do even further outreach into the community to promote effective advocacy for a healthier and cleaner Chesapeake Bay.
In order to continue our work into 2020, please consider contributing $50, $100, $250, or more today to help advance our efforts on education and advocacy for our state’s treasure – the Chesapeake Bay!