Attorney General Gansler Marks Earth Day with
Release of 2013 Chesapeake Bay Environmental Audit
Pollution and policy issues identified to help design strategies for a cleaner state
Baltimore, MD (April 22, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is marking Earth Day 2014 with the release of his 2013 Chesapeake Bay Environmental Audit. The Attorney General's sixth annual report details the 2013 audits of the Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs in Baltimore and Carroll counties, the Wicomico River in Wicomico and Somerset counties and Antietam Creek in Washington County. During these audits, the Attorney General met with residents, environmental activists and local leaders who live and work in these communities to hear from those who know, use and appreciate Maryland's diverse water resources.
"We listen to the residents, activists and civic leaders who explain their specific environmental issues and frequently offer significant common sense solutions," said Attorney General Gansler. "By strengthening our relationships with these communities we are making progress that benefits the health of all Marylanders, their enjoyment of nature and the future of the Chesapeake Bay."
In addition to meeting with local stakeholders, Attorney General Gansler has toured rivers and other waterways by boat and walked the shorelines to examine the problems, pollution sources and ongoing restoration efforts up close. This approach has helped the Attorney General as he continues his fight to protect and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Since April 2008, the Office of the Attorney General has conducted these audits to engage Marylanders in every corner of the state. The information gathered helps the Office generate a strategy for solutions that will benefit each watershed and the Bay.
During the 2013 environmental audits, Attorney General Gansler learned about multiple environmental matters specific to each location. Among these are invasive non-native species, failing septics, streambed erosion and agricultural animal waste. The audits also revealed concerns common among all three watersheds, including:
- Stormwater pollution related to urban and residential growth
- Erosion and sediment pollution
- Pollution from out-of-state sources
- Benefits of strong enforcement
As information was gathered from each watershed audit, the Attorney General worked with regulatory partners to identify and target polluters; initiated and concluded criminal prosecutions, and civil enforcement actions and lawsuits; and obtained significant civil and criminal monetary penalties that will enhance future enforcement efforts.
To see the Attorney General's 2013 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Audit visit: