Equitable Development

Where and how we grow has an enormous impact on our air, water, and finances. Clean Water is committed to inclusive processes that protect communities and the environment so that families, neighborhoods, and local economies thrive.

Street drain, stormwater runoff. Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock

Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater is the polluted runoff gathered from rain, severe thunderstorms, and even snow from roads, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces, where runoff collects pollutants and carries them downstream, ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay.

United Not Blighted Rally

For over a century, Baltimore has been a hub for dirty energy sources and other industry that has put our environment and our communities in dang

Water Fairs Well in 2015 New Session

Clean Water Action Pushes Legislature to Continue Stormwater Funding Mandate and Moratorium on Fracking.

From We All Live Downstream

Maryland forest in late summer
November 3, 2017

Maryland is losing forests to development daily, but forests serve an important role in our ecosystem, and we cannot afford to lose them.

Forests have more value than just how their proximity increases property values. They're not just nice to look at; we cannot afford to chop down and fragment our remaining forests in an endless pursuit of new development. When we remove forests for houses and pavement, we create more problems with flooding, pollution, and climate change.

Just a few highlights:

A new development peeks from behind farm fields
September 15, 2017

Anne Arundel County has started the process to update the General Development Plan. The General Development Plan (aka Plan 2040) is the vision for what Anne Arundel County should become. It sets the groundwork for future decisions on land use and zoning - where new homes and businesses go - that have an enormous impact on local and regional water quality. We want to make sure that the plan addresses improved transportation, protection of the environment, and sustainable development.

July 5, 2017

On Monday night, the Howard County Council overturned Kittleman’s veto, and we now have a Citizens’ Election Fund (CB30) to enable candidates to run without deep pocketed special interest money.

Why does Clean Water Action care about how elections are funded?

CB30 makes it possible for candidates to run for office without courting large dollar amount donors. In fact, it forbids participating candidates from getting donations over $250 from any individual. That means that candidates can campaign to the general public, not a couple of wealthy donors.