Restore the Chesapeake Bay
We should be doing everything we can to restore the Chesapeake Bay. But loopholes in the Clean Water Act leave 10,000 miles of streams that feed the Bay vulnerable to unchecked pollution. Polluters are pressuring the EPA to back down from efforts to close the loopholes, so Environment Maryland is standing up for the Bay and fighting back.
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.
Urge the EPA to close polluters' loopholes in the Clean Water Act.
- Every summer, pollution creates a dead zone in up to one-third of the Bay, where almost nothing can survive.
- 300 million chickens are raised in Maryland every year, resulting in 600 million pounds of manure in the Bay every year.
- The Bay is the world's most productive estuary, home to bald eagles, blue crabs, and thousands of other species.
- Thanks in part to our advocacy, President Obama crafted a strong cleanup plan for the Bay in 2010.