Jack Markell was sworn in as Delaware's new Governor in January, 2009, and immediately has an opportunity to make it clear that he is a clean water advocate by opposing the proposed deepening of main channel of the Delaware River. On December 30, 2008, Clean Water Action and others in the Alliance to Dump the Delaware Deepening sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers outlining many of the reasons for opposition, including flaws in the decisionmaking process, dangers to wildlife, and adverse effects on Broadkill Beach and Delaware's coastline.
The November elections were a flood of successes for clean water across the country, and the Chesapeake region had its share of victories.
2009 Maryland Session Focuses on the Budget
Annapolis lawmakers are focusing on a budget crisis in this year's legislative session, and the state's fiscal woes emerge as a theme in addressing this year's priorities:
Keep the Ban on Uranium Mining in Virginia
In November 2008, the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission voted to move forward on a wide ranging on the potential impact of uranium mining in Virginia. Earlier last year, during the 2008 Virginia legislative session, the House Rules Committee killed an attempt to fund a related study. These efforts are widely viewed as initial steps towards lifting a ban on uranium mining in Virginia that has been in effect since 1982, after uranium was discovered in an area used for cattle, hay and timber.
New Study Illuminates Lead Link of Children's Health and Water
The recent publication of a study that shows a relationship between elevated blood lead levels and high levels of lead in the drinking water after a switch of water treatment has given a new impetus for the need to revamp the way that the District manages water resources.
Protecting the Delaware A Test For the New Governor
Jack Markell was sworn in as Delaware's new Governor in January, 2009, and immediately has an opportunity to make it clear that he is a clean water advocate by opposing the proposed deepening of main channel of the Delaware River.
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