As long as Gov. Larry Hogan has committed $5 million to study the possibility of building a third bridge crossing the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Reporter columnist Michael Collins has a suggestion for where it should be built.
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Blue crabs are key to the Chesapeake Bay’s place as a seafood power, as well as the summer satisfaction of our stomachs in Maryland. This year, the crustaceans are more plentiful than ever.
There’s a reason there are supposed to be an odd number of judges serving on the Supreme Court.
Billions of bivalves just arrived in the Bay. Earlier this month, crews finished seeding a giant oyster reef near Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore. The Nature Conservancy, which is leading the effort, is touting the Cheseapeake Bay project as the largest oyster restoration project in the world.
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As Governor Hogan said in his first State of the State address, “No state can match the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.” We Marylanders are quite proud of our bay, yet we also know that beneath the bay’s surface, it’s a hot mess. We’ve been talking about “saving the bay” for decades. The most recent yearly Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay report gave the estuary’s health index a 32/D+.
So you may be surprised to learn that the 2004 “flush fee” signed into law by then Governor Ehrlich, a Republican, has been a grand success. The good news is that we know what actions work and we can pinpoint the Chesapeake Bay’s ongoing pollution hot spots. Maybe, just maybe, with some political will, consumer education, financial investments and hard work, the Chesapeake Bay may be restored to a healthier state in the future.