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

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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Report | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

Troubled Waters:

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Report | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

Unprotected Shoreline:

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Report | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

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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