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

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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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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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