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.

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Watermen Blues:

More than 25 years since the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of December 1983 created a region-wide partnership "to improve and protect the water quality and living resources of the Chesapeake Bay,"  the bay's water quality has not improved, and communities that rely on a clean, sustainable bay are paying a high price for the lack of progress.

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Wasting Our Waterways:

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