Alliance Executive Director and Chesapeake Advisory Committee Chairs Meet With Maryland Governor Hogan

On June 11, 2019, Governor Larry Hogan met with the Chairs of the three Chesapeake Advisory Committees to hear their annual recommendations and priorities. Ann Simonetti, Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Matt Ehrhart, Citizens Advisory Committee, and Dr. Lisa Wainger (past chair), Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), plus essential

Introducing the Local Leadership Workgroup

Formed out of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement’s goal to engage local leaders, the Local Leadership Workgroup (LLWG) seeks to enhance the knowledge capacity of local elected officials as well as other local leaders throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Operating out of the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Workgroup works closely with the Local Government Advisory Committee

Welcoming New LGAC Members!

The Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council is pleased to welcome two new Maryland members, Ms. Patrice Bubar and Mayor Jacob Day, appointed by Governor Larry Hogan.  Both members were officially introduced to LGAC at their meeting in June. Patrice and Jacob join Sheila Finlayson, Alderwoman, City of Annapolis, Ronald Fithian, Commissioner,

Local Elected Officials Visit the Turtle Creek Watershed!

Photo caption: Turtle Creek Members of the Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council (LGAC) had the pleasure of visiting Lewisburg, PA last month, during their quarterly meeting, to explore the rural site of Turtle Creek. The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),

A Glimpse into the Local Government Advisory Committee’s Quarterly Meeting

Broad Creek featuring the Villas in the background The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council made its first visit to Delaware this past March, meeting in the Town of Laurel. LGAC had the pleasure of experiencing the Eastern Shore by taking an interactive dive into the Town of Laurel

Leading Ladies of the Local Government Advisory Committee: Celebrating Women’s History Month

The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) is comprised of 20 elected officials across the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds. Members of LGAC work closely to further engage their local governments, and develop and implement beneficial environmental strategies within and around their communities. There are seven women in LGAC who are not only leaders within the

Local Government Advisory Committee Weighs In on EPA’s Proposed Stormwater Rules

The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) finalized their recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed stormwater rulemaking at their last quarterly meeting held in Fredericksburg, VA on April 11-12, 2013. EPA currently regulates stormwater (polluted water runoff) in areas that are densely populated and where there is already a serious problem. EPA is

Lancaster, PA Shows The Way To Clean Water

On the heels of a successful Choose Clean Water Conference held in early June, the Local Government Advisory Committee held its Quarterly meeting at the same location, the downtown Lancaster Marriott and Convention Center.Conference and Committee members got to see first hand what has become one of the most recognized local government

New Funding To Assist Local Governments with Bay Cleanup

On a sunny day in the Bayside community of Havre de Grace, Maryland, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced a new $4 million dollar initiative to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. The March 13 press

Maryland Phase 2 WIP and Local Governments

As the Chesapeake Bay-wide cleanup effort continues with the federally mandated TMDL , states are moving along with their Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) to decrease pollutant and nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.   Maryland has recently released their draft Phase II WIP for public review and comment. Public meetings will be

Counties and Cities Develop Effective Watershed Programs

The second release of the Our Waters, Our Towns series has been recently released by the Local Government Advisory Committee. This release, titled “Our Waters, Our Towns: Counties & Cities Develop Effective Watershed Programs”, contains six examples of watershed improvement projects by local governments that have helped clean local waters in communities

Local Governments’ Role in Watershed Implementation Plans

The Local Government Advisory Committee has recently developed a new publication aimed at helping local governments understand the requirements and opportunities under the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans now being developed by the six Bay states and the District of Columbia.   It is titled:  "Our Waters, Our Towns, Local Governments’ Role In The