Target: Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland
Goal: Demand that Maryland take action against stormwater runoff that is killing hundreds of thousands fish.
Nearly 200,000 fish were found dead and dying along 16 miles of Maryland’s shoreline. A toxic algae bloom, caused by stormwater runoff, is to blame. Demand an immediate plan to stop stormwater runoff and oppose a tax credit that will allow counties to avoid cleaning up the waterways.
“It was just sickening to see all these fish that are either dead or near the surface in severe distress, struggling,” stated Scott Sewell, a local catch-and-release fisherman. The Maryland Department of the Environment investigates about 100 fish kills a year, many of them the result of stormwater runoff. When rainwater hits paved surfaces, it becomes polluted. It then flows into waterways, putting fish and other wildlife in danger.
The Hogan administration has proposed a tax credit that would reward certain counties despite them not addressing the problem. Sign below to encourage Governor Hogan to oppose this tax credit and demand a realistic plan from all counties to combat stormwater runoff.
Dear Governor Hogan,
Hundreds of thousands of fish are dying every year due to stormwater runoff. Pollution trading, the proposed tax credit, does not encourage counties to address this dangerous problem. We demand that you oppose pollution trading and require proof of action from all counties.
“Water quality is not going to get better because you can point to something that looks good on paper,” stated Elaine Lutz, staff attorney for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She and other local environmentalists have expressed concerns about the effects of poor water quality on the entire state. The waterways are connected. If one county does not do their share in alleviating this problem, than all counties will suffer.
Everyone must do their part in preserving clean water. We demand immediate action against stormwater runoff.
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