Governor Hogan Dedicates Millions of Budget to Chesapeake Bay

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is out with his Fiscal Year 2021 budget, and it includes mass amounts of funding for Maryland’s environment and the Chesapeake Bay.

The Governor dedicated a record $57.2 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coast Bays 2010 Trust Fund, more than $280 million for environmental infrastructure projects across the state, full funding for Program Open Space and land conservation programs, and $1.6 million to help the agricultural sector meet Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan goals. The Hogan administration has committed nearly $6 billion to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts over the last six years. The Governor said in a statement on Wednesday “I remain strongly committed to meaningful, innovative, bipartisan, common sense policies and programs that protect our environment in a manner that also promotes job growth and economic opportunity.”

Included in the budget is $57.2 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, a 7 percent increase over the prior year. The Governor also committed $280 million for environmental infrastructure projects.