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Don't complain EVER.... about fishing in the bay if you don't write an email to the budget committee today.... call... just do something.

From Marty Gary on the main board....

For your consideration:

Two years ago, Maryland Fisheries stakeholders asked MD DNR to pursue the acquisition of the old Woodrow Wilson Bridge for use for marine habitat enhancement through artificial reef development. After 18 months of discussion, the effort was launched in earnest in June of 2006. What happened next was extraordinary. Within the span of 7 months, over 40 partnering organizations, businesses, corporations, and foundations in concert with many individuals raised $500,000 to acquire the Wilson Bridge for placement on Chesapeake Reef sites in Maryland waters. The partnership now known as the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative or MARI was created. MARI has taken the partnership 1/3 of the way there. Another estimated $1,000,000 is needed to fund the entire project. The Maryland Legislative Sportsman's Caucus working with the Maryland Legislative Sportsman's Foundation sponsored a $1,000,000 Bond Bill to ensure the remainder of the bridge acquisition is funded. Within recent days, the House reduced the Bond Bill funding request to $500,000, and the Senate to $250,000. If the full $500,000 is not funded, the effort to obtain the all of the available material will fall short. Two other entities stand ready with permitted sites and funding available to take the material if the Maryland cost share agreement with the Wilson Bridge contractors falls short.

The following is on behalf of the Maryland Legislative Sportsman's Caucus to provide guidance on how you can help encourage the members of the Capital Budget Committee to provide the maximum available funding for MARI:

The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

The Sportsmen's Best Friend in Annapolis

Date: April 2, 2007

To: The Honorable Senate/House Conferees
Capital Budget Conference Committee

From: Senator John Astle, Senate Co-Chair
Delegate Richard B. Weldon, Jr., House Co-Chair

RE: Funding for the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative - Support House Position

The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus respectfully requests the Senate/House conferees to the Capital Budget Conference Committee to support the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative at the $500,000 amount approved by the House…if not more.

The State of Maryland has an historic opportunity to provide marine reef habitat in the Chesapeake Bay like never before seen in our State's history. Forty plus conservation and sportsmen's organizations have come together in a rare showing of unanimity to support this Bay-friendly initiative - the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI). And we are most grateful for the financial support shown by both budget committees, despite the budgetary differences.

The total project cost is $1.5 million. To date, $500,000 has been secured from the private sector. Maryland was successful - despite repeated efforts by others, especially Virginia - to secure the remnants of the old Woodrow Wilson Bridge solely for the transport and deposition of these bridge materials in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay; and, at price equivalent to about half of its market value. Maryland will still be $500,000 shy of the amount needed, even if the conference committee approves the House position; but, that's better than $750,000 should only $250,000 be ultimately approved. In short, MARI needs every dime that can be obtained.

Studies have shown up to a 500-fold increase in biological productivity on placed concrete in comparison to surrounding substrate. Habitat in the Bay will be created - good for tourism, oyster recovery, filtering of the Bay by other marine organisms, structure for catching finish by recreational anglers, charter boats, and others. A good Chesapeake Bay initiative the Caucus believes is worthy of public support!

Members of the Capital Budget Committee that can be contacted to fully fund MARI's Wilson Bridge acquisition include:

SENATE:

Ulysses Currie
Miller Senate Office Building, 3 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(301) 858-3127, (410) 841-3127
e-mail: [email protected]

Patrick Hogan
Miller Senate Office Building, 3 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3686, (301) 858-3686
e-mail: [email protected]

James DeGrange
James Senate Office Building, Room 101
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3593, (301) 858-3593
e-mail: [email protected]

Ed Kasemeyer
James Senate Office Building, Room 301
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653
e-mail: [email protected]

David Brinkley
James Senate Office Building, Room 423
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3704, (301) 858-3704
e-mail: [email protected]

Donald Munson
James Senate Office Building, Room 401
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3609, (301) 858-3609
e-mail: [email protected]

HOUSE:

Norman Conway
House Office Building, Room 121
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3407, (301) 858-3407
e-mail: [email protected]

Jim Proctor
House Office Building, Room 121
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3083, (301) 858-3083
e-mail: [email protected]
Adrienne Jones
House Office Building, Room 312
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3391, (301) 858-3391
e-mail: [email protected]

Melony Griffith
House Office Building, Room 412
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3557, (301) 858-3557
e-mail: [email protected]

John Bohanan
House Office Building, Room 350
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3227, (301) 858-3227
e-mail: [email protected]

Mary-Dulany James
House Office Building, Room 404
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3289, (301) 858-3289
e-mail: [email protected]

Charles Barkley
House Office Building, Room 413
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3001, (301) 858-3001
e-mail: [email protected]

Tawanna Gaines
House Office Building, Room 207
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3058, (301) 858-3058
e-mail: [email protected]

Should you have any questions on this Initiative, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Martin Gary - [email protected]
 

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Done.

No matter what your thoughts are on the CCA, I can't see how someone can be against this project. It's a step in the right direction. The Bay needs help on all fronts, and funding projects like this will set the bar for the future.

Take 5 min out of your day and make your voice heard.

-D
 

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Thanks guys....
Let see some more emails sent... send these guys a message. Something that reminds them that every time they are about to do something really really stupid.... we'll be there to push them in the right direction:2guns: :surrender:
 
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