I am responding to letters attacking Commissioner [Richard] Rothschild for talking about the Conowingo Dam, the pollution that goes into Chesapeake Bay when heavy rain storms strike the area, Commissioner Rothschild's alleged "personal agenda," and the Clean Chesapeake Coalition.
I know Commissioner Rothschild personally, and I know his sworn agenda is to protect the Constitutional rights of every citizen in Carroll from overreaching county, state, and federal governments. He works very diligently to determine cause and effect of government actions. He stands up for all of us taxpaying citizens including his critics, even if he has to expose himself to personal attacks.
The Conowingo dam opened in 1928 and has tons of sediment accumulated behind it. During heavy rains, millions of tons of that sediment wash over the dam and flow into the Chesapeake Bay. That sediment needs to be dredged and removed before it enters the bay. But dredging costs a lot of money and it isn't easy to find a place for the dredged sediment. So nothing gets done. State politicians do other things like pass the rain tax. But the rain tax did not accomplish very much. Commissioner Rothschild wants the state government and private companies to do what is needed to reduce pollution coming over that dam.
The federal government appears to have photo-shopped a picture to fool the public about the impact of sediment coming from Conowingo Dam. The government isn't supposed to falsify its reports to mislead us. Rothschild and other counties' commissioners caught USGS misleading publication.
Rothschild helped build the Clean Chesapeake Coalition because state officials were not concerned about the negative impact their environmental regulations were having on farmers and small business people living in the Western Counties. The Coalition gives rural citizens a voice in Annapolis to ensure a two-sided debate. The $25,000 in annual dues is a bargain for an organization that actually defends us. Compare this to the $150,000 annual dues Carroll County pays to belong to the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority. This state agency seduced Carroll County government into signing contracts for the ill-fated incinerator project with Frederick County. Thankfully, Rothschild's savvy saved taxpayers from those "experts" too when he got us out of that mess.
In my opinion, the people writing letters criticizing Commissioner Rothschild would be better served if they spent their time trying to understand the facts and data that serve as a basis for Rothschild's adroit leadership positions.
The writer is Commissioner Richard Rothschild's campaign treasurer.