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

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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Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation

Consider The Source:

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Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation

Troubled Waters:

When drafting the Clean Water Act in 1972, legislators set the goals of making all waterways fishable and swimmable by 1983 and eliminating the discharge of pollutants into the nation’s waterways by 1985. More than 30 years later, we are far from realizing the Clean Water Act’s original vision.

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Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation

Healthy Farms for a Healthy Bay:

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Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation

Troubled Waters:

When drafting the Clean Water Act in 1972, legislators set the goals of making all U.S. waterways fishable and swimmable by 1983 and eliminating the discharge of pollutants into the nation’s waterways by 1985. More than 30 years later, we are far from realizing the Clean Water Act’s original vision.

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