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Former Maryland Lawmakers Warn Of Lobbyists' Influence On Bay

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By Meymo Lyons

Three former Maryland leaders say they're worried about the influence development lobbyists have over state stormwater policies.

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Tydings, former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, and former Gov. Harry Hughes said Wednesday that state lawmakers need to act to reduce the amount of polluted stormwater runoff that is going into the Chesapeake Bay. A letter from Tydings to the chair of a House of Delegates environmental committee said a bill before her panel would enrich real estate and developer groups at the expense of the Chesapeake Bay.

The former leaders allege industry lobbyists are trying to find ways to get waivers to avoid state policies on how to handle stormwater runoff from urban and suburban development projects.

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