This was Authorized in 2018 by Friends of Chrissy Holt; Monica Lindsey, Campaign Chair. Nancy Williamson, Treasurer.

Healthy Environment

Forest Conservation Act — The new Forest Conservation Act must be passed to protect our priority forests and replant tree for tree. The more forest we preserve the less expensive Bay cleanup will be for each taxpayer. Forest land is the best natural filter of pollutants. It captures, filters and retains water and prevents pollutants in that water from entering the waterways. It also absorbs pollutants from the air so it's important to save as much as we can when land is developed.

Forest Conservation Act — The new Forest Conservation Act must be passed to protect our priority forests and replant tree for tree. The more forest we preserve the less expensive Bay cleanup will be for each taxpayer. Forest land is the best natural filter of pollutants. It captures, filters and retains water and prevents pollutants in that water from entering the waterways. It also absorbs pollutants from the air so it's important to save as much as we can when land is developed.

Adopt Offsets Policy — As part of the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay to health, EPA requires Bay watershed States to offset every pound of additional pollution caused by new development, excessive wastewater, and industrial discharges in order to comply with the mandatory cap on pollution flowing to the Bay. To date, Maryland hasn’t adopted a real policy that makes the polluters pay. This means that all the additional pounds of pollution created by new development will be paid for by you and me and all the taxpayers, while developers make profits from their new construction. We are already at the halfway point of the 25-year mandatory clean-up plan for the Bay which was adopted in 2010 and requires all practices to be in place by 2025. It is past time to have the discussion with taxpayers, developers, and stakeholders about how we will pay for pollution caused by new growth.  

Renewable Energy Commitments — Our children and grandchildren need our commitment to 100% clean renewable energy! I have a lot of questions including why will it take us to 2030 and 12 years to achieve 50% of Renewable Energy when Maryland holds the highest rate of deaths from emissions pollution in the US and COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in MD! Where is the promotion of energy conservation and reduced consumption incentives? Lets talk more about public transportation than adding for profit toll lanes to the beltway. The Maryland General Assembly can also set an example to Go Green in 2020!