Ho­gan fin­ishes Ch­e­sa­peake Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil chair­man­ship

The Dundalk Eagle - - OBITUARIES -

Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan to­day con­cluded three years as chair­man of the six-state Ch­e­sa­peake Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil at its an­nual meet­ing, which he led vir­tu­ally from An­napo­lis. The gov­er­nor was joined by Vir­ginia Gov­er­nor Ralph Northam; Penn­syl­va­nia State Sen­a­tor Gene Yaw, Chair­man of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Com­mis­sion; Doug Ben­evento, As­so­ci­ate Deputy Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency; and lead­ers of mem­ber ju­ris­dic­tions’ en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion and nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment agen­cies.

“Over my past three years as chair, we have worked to­gether to im­ple­ment real, bi­par­ti­san, com­mon sense so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges fac­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, and the re­sults speak for them­selves,” said Gov­er­nor Ho­gan. “Mary­land re­mains fully com­mit­ted to this his­toric part­ner­ship as we con­tinue mak­ing strides to pre­serve this national trea­sure.”

As chair, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan has served as a strong ad­vo­cate for fed­eral ac­tion on Ch­e­sa­peake Bay restora­tion, and has led suc­cess­ful bi­par­ti­san ef­forts to pro­tect crit­i­cal fund­ing for the Bay. Under his lead­er­ship, mem­bers have col­lab­o­ra­tively im­ple­mented and up­dated the Phase 6 Wa­ter­shed Model to guide ju­ris­dic­tions’ restora­tion ef­forts; for­mally iden­ti­fied and be­gun to ad­dress the threat posed by the Susque­hanna River pol­lu­tion en­ter­ing the Bay at the Conowingo Dam; and be­gun to ad­dress long-term chal­lenges posed by the im­pacts of ex­treme weather and cli­mate change.

In Mary­land, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan has a proven track record of skilled stew­ard­ship of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. He has fully funded all bay restora­tion ef­forts five years in a row, in­clud­ing fully fund­ing Pro­gram Open Space for the first time in more than a decade, and fully fund­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake and At­lantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund for the first time in state his­tory. In to­tal, under the gov­er­nor’s lead­er­ship, the State of Mary­land has in­vested $6 bil­lion—the most ever in his­tory—to­ward wide-rang­ing bay ini­tia­tives.

Dur­ing its most re­cent meet­ing, the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil an­nounced its adop­tion of a State­ment in Sup­port of Di­ver­sity, Eq­uity, In­clu­sion and Jus­tice, which com­mits the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Pro­gram to strengthen and im­prove these prin­ci­ples in all ar­eas, in­clud­ing its lead­er­ship, poli­cies, strate­gic goals, and pro­gram de­liv­ery. At the con­clu­sion of the meet­ing, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan turned over the chair­man­ship to Gov­er­nor Northam of Vir­ginia.

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