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.


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Report | Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center

Too Close to Home: Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which took place in March 2011, delivered a reminder to the world that nuclear power comes with inherent risks. In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant —inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Groups Use Stadium to Highlight Massive Chicken Manure Problem, as State Wavers on Stronger Bay Cleanup Rules

With Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium providing a symbolic backdrop, today Environment Maryland released a report, An Unsustainable Path: Why Maryland’s Manure Pollution Rules Are Failing to Protect the Chesapeake Bay, highlighting significant flaws in Maryland’s current manure application rules and outlining the need for stricter management.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Agribusiness Lobby Fights Against Clean Water: Millions Spent on Campaign Contributions and Lobbying to Oppose Pollution Reduction

Big agribusiness interests are among the largest roadblocks to clean water in the United States, according to a new report by Environment Maryland: Growing Influence: the Political Power of Agribusiness and the Fouling of America’s Waterways.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Sen. Cardin, Advocates: Maryland Can Lead the Charge in Curbing Urban Fertilizer Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin joined Environment Maryland and other Maryland advocates and business representatives today to call for action to reduce urban fertilizer pollution. Environment Maryland also released their new report on the topic, Urban Fertilizers & the Chesapeake Bay: An Opportunity for Major Pollution Reduction.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

National Research Council Faults States for Water Protection Failures

Today the National Research Council of the National Academies issued a new report covering states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: “Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation.” 

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