DROUGHT EMERGENCY COORDINATING COMMITTEE

Chair (chosen by Governor): Jane T. Nishida, Secretary of the Environment

Appointed by Governor: Michael Hirshfield; John Morton; C. A. (Dutch) Ruppersberger III.

Ex officio: Henry A. Virts, D.V.M., Secretary of Agriculture; Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene; Sarah J. Taylor-Rodgers, Ph.D., Secretary of Natural Resources; David McMillion, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

Contact: Saeid Kasraei

c/o Water Management Administration
Dept. of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 537-3702
e-mail: skasraei@mde.state.md.us

On July 29, 1999, the Governor declared a drought emergency in Maryland and appointed the Drought Emergency Coordinating Committee (Executive Order, 01.01.1999.22). In its report of August 3, 1999, the Committee recommended implementation of mandatory restrictions on water use which the Governor imposed on August 4, 1999 (Executive Order 01.01.1999.24). Those restrictions were lifted on September 2, 1999. All Maryland citizens, businesses, industries, and community organizations, however, are urged to reduce voluntarily their use of water to the maximum extent possible (Executive Order 01.01.1999.28).

The Committee advised the Governor on statewide drought conditions and concluded its work in December 1999.

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