The Chesapeake Bay is our District's most important resource. It is both the heart and soul of our community and the backbone for many of our area's vital environmental and economic interests. The economic importance of the Bay cannot be overstated, as it is important for so many industries ranging from cultural tourism to the seafood industry. It is not just a moral imperative that we pass a clean Chesapeake Bay on to the next generation; it is of vital importance to the economic well being of Maryland.
In order to insure a clean bay we must do as much as possible to develop and implement the best practices for the agricultural and seafood industries as well as guarantee that surrounding states are subjected to the same environmental standards as our industries. Keeping the Bay clean is a team effort and it takes the efforts off all of the states in the region to get the best results.
That is why I am in favor of national environmental regulations and providing full funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. We simply must be good stewards of the environment for ourselves and for the next generation of Marylanders.