“We are making great progress, but we must continue to work aggressively to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Upgrading wastewater plants and septic systems and controlling stormwater pollution from cities, suburbs and farms not only protects the Bay – it protects our groundwater, streams, rivers and reservoirs, which are the sources of our fresh water supply – an essential foundation for our public and economic health. Through the Reclaim the Bay campaign, we want all Marylanders to know that they have a vital role to play in restoring water quality by letting their legislators know they want their waterways cleaned up and by being willing to do their part by taking steps to reduce pollution in their own homes and communities.”
--Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
“The Department of Natural Resources is very pleased to be a part of the Reclaim the Bay campaign, which strengthens our existing partnership and builds upon the extraordinary level of cooperation that drives us ever closer to our shared goal of a healthy, life-sustaining Chesapeake Bay.”
--John Griffin, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
"Maryland farmers are major players in helping Maryland meet nitrogen and phosphorus reduction goals outlined in its Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture exceeded its first set of 2-year milestones in 2011 by achieving 124 percent of the goal and are well on track to exceed the second set of milestones by June 30, 2013."
-- Earl “Buddy” Hance, Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture
“The Maryland Energy Administration is committed to reducing our State’s energy consumption 15% by 2015, achieving our goal of producing 20% of the State's energy from renewable sources by 2022, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2022, all of which will reduce our state’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay. MEA is pleased to be a part of the Reclaim the Bay campaign, today and every day as we move towards a cleaner future for Maryland and the Bay.”
--Abigail Ross Hopper, Acting Director, Maryland Energy Administration
“Maryland plays a key role in the Bay restoration effort and has been an active player over the course of the Bay Program’s 30 year history. Maryland’s contributions are as vast and diverse as its waterways. CBP’s teams that work on fisheries, habitat, land use and water quality science and policy benefit greatly from their expertise and commitment. Maryland’s dedication to improving the Bay’s health and to keeping the public informed about changes, progress and issues is one of the many reasons we are happy to partner with them on this campaign.”
--Nick DiPasquale, Director, Chesapeake Bay Program
“The Chesapeake Bay Trust is committed to advancing Maryland’s Bay restoration goals and working with our partners on meaningful restoration, education and community engagement projects. Each year the Trust engages more than 120,000 Marylanders through its grant programs who are out in the community each and every day making a difference for the Chesapeake Bay and our local waters.”
--Jana Davis, Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Trust
"We know why the Chesapeake Bay has become degraded and what we need to do to restore it. While science is still needed to guide and monitor the recovery, our diagnosis and treatment regimen are as solid and reliable as they come. Now it's up to all of us to do what it takes to restore the Chesapeake Bay."
--Dr. Don Boesch, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
“Maryland Sea Grant, from our base at the University of Maryland, is excited to contribute to the work of our many partners in government and communities statewide to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. We look forward to lending our abilities at funding and synthesizing scientific research to help educate and inform Marylanders about opportunities for progress in this restoration effort. Our Extension specialists are eager to expand their work with partners on projects to restore Maryland’s waterways and watersheds.”
--Fredrika C. Moser, Ph.D., Director of Maryland Sea Grant, University of Maryland