The Chesapeake Bay is the world’s most productive estuary—and for many in Maryland, it is a cultural icon. Whether we go there to fish, swim or canoe, the Chesapeake Bay is a big part of what makes living in Maryland great. But the volume of pollution entering its fragile
ecosystem is staggering.

More than half of the streams and wetlands that flow into the Bay are vulnerable to pollution, due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act. Nobody should be allowed to treat our water like a personal sewer.

That’s why Environment Maryland is standing up for the Bay. As our elected leaders in Washington, D.C., move to update the Clean Water Act, it’s critical they hear from you—and not just the Bay’s biggest polluters.

Pushing back against polluters

This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is working to close the loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This would be the single largest step taken for clean water in more than a decade—protecting 10,000 miles of streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay from big polluters like factory farms.

Big polluters are pressuring the EPA to back down. They’ve threatened “legal warfare.” And they’ve pushed Congress to cripple the EPA’s ability to protect our water. We’re organizing everyone from local farmers, to scientists, to our neighbors down the street to convince the EPA to stand up to the pressure and protect our waterways.

Together we can win

Our staff has been knocking on doors across Maryland to educate people about what’s at stake. We’re also building coalitions, educating policymakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect our waterways. But the real key to winning this fight is you. With your support, we can restore Clean Water Act protections to all our waterways and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Click here to join our campaign.

Clean water updates

News Release | Environment Maryland

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Baltimore, MD - Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 59% of Maryland’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

“With the drinking water for nearly 4 million Marylanders at risk, we’re thrilled to see the EPA moving forward to protect our waterways,” said Talya Tavor, Field Organizer of Environment Maryland, which has worked for more than a decade to restore Clean Water Act protections. “Today’s action is about securing that all our water is safe and healthy. Whether we’re crabbing on the Bay, fishing in our favorite stream, or just drinking the water that comes from our tap, we need Maryland’s waterways to be clean and protected.”

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Environmental Organizations Oppose Unprecedented Senate Budget Amendment to Delay Phosphorus Regulations

(Annapolis, MD) -- Environmental organizations are opposing a proposed amendment to the state’s budget that would prohibit the Maryland Department of Agriculture from continuing to develop regulations to reduce phosphorus pollution until the completion of an expansive economic study.
Advocates say passage of the amendment would set a dangerous precedent not only for this specific matter, but also for other future regulatory actions. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is set to vote on the proposed budget amendment this afternoon.


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Blog Post

Open Letter to Governor O'Malley to Protect the Bay

We are writing to you, Maryland’s three top elected leaders, to express our disappointment and concern with the recent, and repeated, delay in adopting the now long overdue, science-based Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) regulation.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Obama Administration Should Use Sound Science to Protect Maryland’s Waterways

Baltimore, MD – Today the Obama administration has taken a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report today, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, which reviews the scientific literature outlining the impact that small waterways have on larger bodies of water downstream. 

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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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