The Clean Water Blog

We All Live Downstream

A picture of Little Tuscarora Creek in Frederick County. The banks are slightly eroded.  Several mature trees are leaning over toward the water on the left, while newly-planted trees are on the right.
March 22, 2017

 In the 1970s, 88% of American children had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Today that number is less than 1%.  Bald eagles, once nearly extinct, have made a dramatic comeback.  The US has cut air pollution 70% while our economy has tripled.  

March 20, 2017

Many of the issues that environmental non-profits work on are problems that people of color (POC) face daily, but last year, as I attended a Clean Water Action staff retreat I looked around and noticed that the majority of the people there were white. I have a feeling that this is common in many environmental groups across the country. So why is it that POC, who are most impacted by environmental destruction, are not represented in the organizations that work to combat and address the harmful threats to their lives?

Beards Creek. Laura Melamed - Clean Water Action
March 17, 2017

Outside is my office. That’s why I love working at Clean Water Action.

Green beer / photo: flickr.com/diamondduste (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, but one custom that has always fascinated me is people's willingness to drink green beer.

A rally in Annapolis in March 2012 for the Maryland Offshore Wind Act
March 16, 2017

Five years ago, as a student at St. Mary's College of Maryland, I spent much of March calling legislators and traveling back and forth from St.

question mark / photo: flickr.com/debord (CC BY-NC 2.0)
March 14, 2017

Last week, we introduced you to Donald Trump’s “beachhead hires” at EPA – executive branch staff who can be influential in determining an agency’s mission under a new President. Today, we’ll take a look at the Department of Energy beachhead hires.

Lead Service Line
March 14, 2017

There’s no magic solution to the challenges of lead service line replacement, but there are local, state and federal policies that could support communities and water systems in this effort.

 Capitol Dome with flag
March 13, 2017

Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are saying “regulatory reform” a lot. They are using this innocuous label to hide that their agenda poses a direct threat to clean water and more.

Tank cars travel on train tracks through Brunswick, MD
March 10, 2017

Last week, a freight train on its way to the Port of Baltimore derailed in Ijamsville, a small town in Frederick County.  Fortunately, although the train was carrying hazardous materials, none of the eight cars that derailed were punctured, and other than disruption to other freight shipments through Maryland, there were no impacts.  Read more about the derailment and see pictures in the Frederick News-Post.

Mystery Date game box / via J. Van Meter on wikipedia, cc
March 10, 2017

On Wednesday, ProPublica reported on 400 “beachhead hires” across Donald Trump’s administration. So who are they?