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Chesapeake Life Magazine
|Bear Creek Before Restoration|
|Bear Creek After Restoration|
A local revenue stream is essential if we are going to clean up our streams and meet Federal requirements for pollution reduction. It is not only unrealistic to expect funding from other government sources, but local funding is needed to finance bond funds to allow early, concentrated action to fix the problems. We are disappointed that so many of our elected officials and candidates for office are failing to demonstrate leadership on this issue that is so critical to quality of life in Anne Arundel.
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.
This law will generate more than $20 million annually for restoration activities generated by reasonable fees on all landowners.
Recent opposition to the stormwater fees includes:
Steve Schuh, State Delegate and Republican candidate for County Executive, has called for reducing all fees to $1 and paying for stormwater improvements with existing county funds. He and Delegate Brian Simmonaire have vowed to work to overturn the State enabling law in January.
County Councilman Daryl Jones, recently returned to the Council after a prison sentence for tax irregularities, has introduced a bill to reduce all fees to $1 annually effectively eliminating funds for watershed restoration.
County Executive Laura Neuman has expressed her dissatisfaction with the existing legislation which she vetoed and suggests that he Federal Government should pick up the cost of improvements.
Please urge your councilman to resist any further efforts to reduce or eliminate the restoration fund.
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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....