With Less Funding than Originally Planned, Hogan Authorizes Start of Midge Spraying in Back River

8/10/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

Despite not getting its requested financial buy-in from Baltimore County, the state is moving ahead with a plan to try to eradicate the swarms of midges plaguing communities along the Back River.

Gov. Larry Hogan today signed an executive order directing Maryland’s department of agriculture and natural resources to begin spraying the pesticide Bti along the river. The state will use the $330,000 that Hogan authorized for the midge-spraying effort earlier this year – a fraction of the $1.3 million sum that the state had originally planned to split with Baltimore County on a more expansive spraying effort.

“We have heard the repeated call of local residents loud and clear,” Hogan said in a statement. “Our administration is proud to take action to provide immediate and much-needed relief from this ongoing nuisance and provide further upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.”

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