A promising new plan to clean up the Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a cherished part of Maryland’s natural heritage—but the volume of pollution entering its fragile ecosystem is staggering. The good news is that after dozens of false starts by previous administrations, the Obama administration is finally pushing states to cut excess pollution into its waters.

Unfortunately, some of the Bay’s worst polluters are digging in their heels and pushing leaders in Annapolis to resist the president’s cleanup plan.

At stake: Maryland’s natural gem

Stretching from Havre de Grace to Smith Island, the Bay’s waters provide recreation for thousands of Marylanders—it also supports a thriving fishing industry.
As our leaders in Annapolis begin to implement the cleanup plan, it’s critical they hear from you—and not just the Bay’s biggest polluters.

A delicate ecosystem at risk

The Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem is intricate and delicate, providing critical habitat for blue crabs, oysters and rockfish. For years, pollution flowing from sewage plants, development and giant chicken companies has flowed into the Bay, smothering its wildlife.

With your help, we’ll keep pushing to make the Bay cleanup a success—and help to restore its once-thriving ecosystem.

With your activism and our advocacy, we can protect the Chesapeake Bay

Your action has already helped convince President Obama to reinvigorate Chesapeake Bay cleanup with a promising new plan to restore its waters and monitor annual progress. Today, our leaders in Annapolis are trying to set the plan in motion. As they work, your action will be essential in compelling them to make the most of this opportunity over the protests of polluters.

We're bringing together Marylanders from all walks of life to protect the Bay. All of us — fishers, swimmers, tourism businesses and Marylanders across the state — have something to fight for.

Our citizen outreach staff is knocking across the state to educate Marylanders about what's at stake. We're also testifying in Annapolis, educating lawmakers, and shining a splotlight in the media on the need to curb the flow of polluted runoff into the Bay from factory farms.

Click here to join our campaign.

Clean water updates

News Release | Environment Maryland

2013 a Major Boom for Clean Energy, Bust for Many Other Issues

After the 2013 session of Maryland’s General Assembly concluded yesterday, Environment Maryland Director Tommy Landers issued a statement along with a roundup of the environmental legislation we followed most closely.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

More than 35,000 Call for Strong Factory Farm Pollution Limits

More than 35,000 residents of Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and other states have signed a petition calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set strong limits on factory farm pollution to protect waterways across the country.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Sine Die Roundup: Progress for the Bay, but Failure for our Climate

 When presented with the opportunities to clean up our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, our lawmakers made key steps forwards. However, in considering legislation pushing for clean energy, including a bill incentivizing offshore wind in Maryland, the General Assembly dropped the ball.  This is the second year that offshore wind power legislation has gotten stuck in the Senate Finance Committee.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

1.36 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Maryland’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped 1.36 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Maryland’s waterways, according to a new report released today by Environment Maryland. The report, Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act also cites that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

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Report | Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from industrial facilities is responsible for threatening or fouling water quality in more than 14,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than 220,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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