Governor Hogan: Pennsylvania needs to do more for Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis, Md. (DELMARVA NEWS NOW) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council has sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s Governor, urging the Commonwealth to take more action on improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

Pennsylvania is one of six states part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and Governor Hogan has expressed “alarming concern” over their lack of funding for the Bay and excessive nitrogen emissions. Mr. Hogan said “With the recent release of the final Watershed Implementation Plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay by 2025, Maryland continues to have alarming concerns regarding Pennsylvania’s progress on clean water.” He continued saying they “fall short of the federally established nitrogen goal by only achieving 73% of the required reduction.”

Next week, the Chesapeake Executive Council, compromised of the six Governors making up the watershed will meet. Also included on the Council are Washington, D.C.’s Mayor, the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.