ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley says increasing fees on water use and limiting where developers can put new septic systems are essential to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Democratic governor spoke to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon, advocating for change to the state’s so-called “flush tax” that would charge residents and business based on how much water they use.

The tax, created by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, supports upgrading the state’s wastewater treatment plants.

Another piece of legislation proposed by the governor targets individual septic systems and would create a tiered system to limit where new septic systems could be placed, requiring a large amount of new developments to be hooked up to public water and sewer.

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  1. sick of liberals says:

    Hey Mr. Chesapeake Bay, where is the legislation to attack the pollution bomb known as Baltimore City? Don’t you smell that stench while crossing the Key Bridge?

    Regulate those who do not vote for you, so you can claim to be saving the Bay, and do not put undue stress on your voting block.

    Phony posturing, and nothing more (except the very real damage O’Malleys regulations have done to the Shore)

    And if WJZ wonders why I am “posting too fast”, maybe it is because I post while the system lets me, otherwise I will be blocked for scalding the very worst governor this state has ever known.

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