Hogan finishes Chesapeake Executive Council chairmanship
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.