Wed November 28, 2012
Somerset County Concerned About Bay Clean Up Plan
Somerset County Commissioners say they will look at whether they want to join a coalition to challenge Maryland’s $14.4 billion plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Chip MacLeod is an attorney with Funk and Bolton hired by Dorchester County to get other counties to become part of the TMDL Coalition to fight the plan.
He presented their case claiming that many of the bay’s problems result from sediment and spills from the reservoirs behind the Conowingo Dam.
Counties have expressed concerned over the price tag of the plan.
The cost to Somerset County is expected to be $960-million over the next two decades.
Maryland and other states have been required by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to adopt plans to cut pollution.
Annapolis is now forcing the counties to come up with a Watershed Implementation Plan that is to be carried out through 2025.