By Beth Blauer, Director of StateStat
We have exciting news. We just found out that our video on our strategic goal to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay by the end of the 2025 won a Telly Award as an outstanding online video in the Green/Econ Friendly Category! Here’s the video in case you haven’t watched it yet. It’s a must see!
As a State we are always looking for ways to make progress on our shared strategic goals. Most importantly, we are looking for opportunities to engage the public in our work. Our award winning StateStat and BayStat programs allow the public to hold us accountable to these goals. By openly sharing our data and our analysis, anyone can track the progress we are making. Awards like the Telly Award help us shine an important light on the need to continue to protect our natural resources and confirm that our strategies are taking hold.
In our Bay Restoration work, together, we are making significant progress:
We’ve implemented effective policies to restore our Blue Crab population to record highs, used Program Open Space for its intended purposed and protected more than 36,000 acres of open space and invested more in the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund to accelerate our progress. This past session, we continued to pass laws to help our environment including ones that restrict the use of septic systems and enable us to upgrade our waste water treatment plants.
I hope you enjoy the video and that you’ll share it with your family and friends. It will take all of us, working together, to restore the health of our most precious natural resource.
P.S. Stay tuned for an upcoming special day of service where you can get involved and help move us forward on our goals. Details to come.
Martin O'Malley is the Governor of Maryland. He writes a regular blog for his official website.