From Mary Ann Lisanti, Chair of the Local Government Advisory Committee:
For the past two years, it has been my honor and privilege to Chair the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and represent 1,800 units of local government in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Our committee is made up of local government officials from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our job is to advise the Governor’s, DC Mayor and EPA Director on policy matters related to the Chesapeake Bay. We have been fully engaged and focused upon the new TMDL (Total Daily Maximum Load) and Watershed Improvement Plans (WIP).
Our message to EPA has been simple, Our Waters, Our Towns.
Engage local leaders so we can be partners in this effort, but Local Government needs:
Focus on local streams, creeks and waterways
Flexibility to implement local initiatives with public / private partners
Credit for past “good” work, AND
Direct technical support and MONEY for implementation
Our work has paid off !!. As a friend I want you to be one of the first to share in our success.
You are invited to attend a public announcement of a new initiative to target grant funding and technical assistance to local governments to clean up rivers and streams and make progress toward Chesapeake water quality targets. The Green Infrastructure Local Government Assistance Program, funded by EPA, will provide a suite of services, resources and grants to engage local governments to design and implement green infrastructure programs and projects that will result measurable and observable improvements to local rivers and streams and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
Our Partners: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Local Government Advisory Committee
Announcement: $4 Million dollars Available for Chesapeake Local Governments To Implement Green Infrastructure
DATE: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
TIME: 10:30 A.M.
PLACE: The Promenade at Concord Point, Havre de Grace, Maryland
(If rain, please meet at the Decoy Museum)
WELCOME: Mayor Wayne Dougherty, City of Havre de Grace (Host City)
Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti, Outgoing Chair of LGAC
Shawn Garvin, Administrator for EPA’s Region 3
David O’Neill, Director, Eastern Partnership Office at NFWF