Jesse Colvin’s po­si­tion clear on a clean Chesapeake Bay

Kent County News - - OPINION -

The coun­ties in Mary­land’s District 1 sprawl awk­wardly across the map from Ocean City to Smith Is­land to Car­roll County. But there’s one big thing we share — ac­cess to the Chesapeake Bay. Our coun­ties col­lec­tively pos­sess more of the Bay’s shore­line than any other district — some­thing that’s given us a front seat to the surges of sed­i­ment, fresh wa­ter and de­bris that’s pulsed down the Susque­hanna and through the Conowingo Dam all sum­mer long.

It hasn’t been pretty. Any water­man, boater, swim­mer or home­owner can tell you that. Our wet­ter than av­er­age spring and rainy

District 1 watched it hap­pen. This sum­mer, we feared for our oys­ters, our water­front, our mar­itime tra­di­tions, our tourism as we drowned in Penn­syl­va­nia’s waste. Mean­while, our trou­bles here in Bay coun­try have failed to mo­ti­vate our lead­er­ship to make a change. Our cur­rent rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Andy Har­ris, has made a few to­ken votes for the Bay’s environment while also vot­ing scores of times to un­der­mine na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards. Clearly, Har­ris cares far more about cur­ry­ing fa­vor with his party than help­ing the peo­ple he’s been elected to rep­re­sent. He’s weak on the Chesapeake en­v­i­ron- ment in a way none of his con­stituents liv­ing close to the Bay can ever af­ford to be.

Now, more than ever, it’s time for a change. We need a strong District 1 leader who is will­ing to work with the north­ern states in our wa­ter­shed to ad­dress our im­per­iled Bay. A leader who be­lieves in a healthy Chesapeake environment and econ­omy — one who is will­ing to cham­pion a com­pre­hen­sive, com­mon sense, non-par­ti­san ap­proach that’s about what’s best for us here in the Bay’s com­mu­ni­ties.

I be­lieve whole­heart­edly that leader is Jesse Colvin. Colvin’s po­si­tion is clear — if elected, when a bill crosses his desk in Wash­ing­ton, he will put the needs and val­ues of his district first. Colvin has strongly com­mit­ted to Chesapeake ad­vo­cacy, and will work across the aisle to build crit­i­cal re­la­tion­ships. Colvin’s ap­proach is some­thing we des­per­ately need if a wa­ter­shed-wide ef­fort to main­tain the Bay’s eco­nomic and recre­ational vi­tal­ity is ever to be ac­com­plished.

As a young per­son liv­ing on the Eastern Shore I wonder — will my chil­dren or grand­chil­dren eat crabs har­vested off of Rock Hall or swim in the Ch­ester River? Or will that be gone — buried un­der end­less sed­i­ment — in my life­time? I want to look for­ward to a fu­ture where I see wa­ter­men’s work­boats haul­ing their catch to the dock. I want to see sails cut­ting across the Ch­ester River. I want to see kids can­non­balling off the end of their dock, catch­ing crabs with hand lines and know­ing the Chesapeake Bay that I have al­ways held so dear.

I want Jesse Colvin as my District 1 rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Kate Livie is a Chesapeake writer, ed­u­ca­tor, Kent County na­tive. She is the author of the 2015 book “Chesapeake Oys­ters, The Bay’s Foun­da­tion and Fu­ture.”

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