ANNAPOLIS - For residents in Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas, there is no perfect solution for sewage disposal - but some technologies are better than others, according to Del. Stephen S. Hershey Jr.
In a news release, Hershey, R-36-Queen Anne’s, said he presented a bill March 6 that would reward property owners electing to install advanced on-site systems by exempting them from paying a $5 monthly Bay Restoration Fee.
The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, for which the fees are earmarked, was created in part to provide financial resources for upgrading wastewater treatment facilities, in turn, achieving enhanced nutrient removal where it is cost effective.
Under Hershey's bill, HB 1208, a user of an on-site sewage disposal system utilizing the best available technology for nitrogen removal would be exempt from paying the Bay Restoration Fee.
“While there are some limited funds available to property owners for the installation of advanced sewage disposal technologies, this bill will help make these systems more affordable for all. It’s a commitment the State and property owners can make together to assist the long-term health of the Bay,” said Hershey in a statement.
The bill - which can be found through the General Assembly website, mgaleg.maryland.gov - was heard March 6 durng a House of Delegates Environmental Matters Committee meeting.