In December 2016, the Environmental Law Clinic released a detailed new report: Maryland’s Critical Area Protection Program: Variances and Enforcement in Selected Jurisdictions from 2012 to 2014. Maryland’s Critical Area Protection Program is vital for protecting the health of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. During both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 terms, Clinic student attorneys gathered and analyzed a great deal of data from county and state files. They gained an in-depth understanding of this important program, and how it has been implemented in local jurisdictions throughout the state, by analyzing the statute, regulations, case law, variance decisions, and enforcement records. The report also includes a Land Use Land Cover Analysis and an interactive webmap developed by the Geographic Information System Program at Washington College. The Environmental Law Clinic prepared the report on behalf of Assateague Coastal Trust, Blue Water Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Chester River Association. The report does not represent the views of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
The Clinic thanks the Clayton Baker Trust for funding to create an interactive GIS Webmap for the variances analyzed in the report.