Apart from the Federal Government, the Chesapeake Bay is one of this state’s largest economic drivers. Several small businesses are started and located on the shore of the Bay and several larger businesses use the Bay as an avenue to import and export goods and services.
Recent studies have shown that the Chesapeake Bay has a large percentage of dead zones where, because of pollution, wildlife has disappeared in many areas of our Bay. Apart from the state of Alaska, our state has the largest coastline in the country and it should be a key part of our government’s agenda to preserve and protect the Chesapeake Bay.
I am in favor of the newly enacted storm water management fee that allows our state to work with New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, all of who have rivers and waterways that connect to the Chesapeake Bay, in order to reduce the flow of harmful chemicals into one of this state’s most historical landmarks and economic driver.