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Executive Records, Governor Spiro T. Agnew, 1967-1969
Volume 83, Page 675   View pdf image (33K)
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4. The health and well-being, recreational and economic oppor-
tunities of Maryland's citizens depend on the quality of our waters.
Why a Massive, Intensive and Comprehensive Pollution Control
Program — Now!

1. Rapid population and industrial growth have put a strain on
existing sewage lines and treatment facilities.

— Obsolete, antiquated, insufficient or defective sewage facilities
cause pollution.

— Increased pleasure boating, unrestrained open-surface runoff, in-
adequate stormwater sewers and failing private septic systems
cause pollution.

2. As a result — while the quality of Maryland's waters has re-
mained generally good — the pollution potential has increased.

— Proof is found in the closed bathing beaches and shellfish beds,
greasy scums and foul odors which have on occasion plagued the
waters of Maryland.

— It is only fair to note all waters do not have to be pristinely pure.
Maryland's waters have been classified according to use and ap-
propriate water quality standards have been set to protect those
uses, i. e., the standards for drinking water will be far more
stringent than for waters classified for shipping lanes.

3. Maryland cannot afford to wait for the abatement of its pollu-
tion problems.

— Delay not only would adversely affect the State's present economy
but also would increase the cost of future abatement many times
over what it will cost to act now.

— Assimilation of pollution, which is going on now in Maryland
waters, will become steadily worse unless counteracted immedi-

4. After extensive public hearings, Maryland established last year
water quality standards for interstate and intrastate waters as an
initial step in this program.

— In August 1967, Maryland became one of only ten states to gain
Federal acceptance of state determined water quality standards
and Federal approval of water quality control plans.

— This entitles Maryland to maximum Federal aid for water pollu-
tion abatement programs.

5. The Comprehensive Water Pollution Control Act is the positive,
necessary step to bring Maryland's waters up to Maryland's quality


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