Emily Ranson - Maryland Director

How Salt Gets in the Environment

September 29, 2021

We usually associate saltwater with the ocean, which gets its distinctive flavor from naturally occurring minerals. Such minerals are also found in freshwater systems in lower concentrations, and natural salt levels vary with local geology. However, human inputs of salt increase concentrations far beyond naturally occurring levels, threatening ecosystem balance. Therefore, it is important to understand how humans cause salt pollution. In this section, we will reveal the human activities responsible for salt pollution and the extent of their impacts.

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How Salty is Maryland?

September 29, 2021

In Maryland, salt pollution is already problematic and continues to worsen. Currently, 28 of Maryland’s streams are identified as chloride impaired [Winter Salt]. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the baseline secondary contaminant level for chloride, a common component of road salt (mostly sodium chloride, NaCl), at 250 mg/L; however, many of the state’s streams have exceeded this limit for over 20 years [UMD extension].

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Important dates for Virginia elections!

September 15, 2021

As you probably know, Virginia has elections just around the corner! Did you know that early voting starts on FRIDAY (9/17)? There are many important races this year, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and the State House of Delegates.

Here are the important dates that you need to keep in mind as you get ready to vote:

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Victories and Defeats in MD's 2021 Session

April 13, 2021

Monday was the last day of Maryland's Legislative Session. Maryland has a 90 day legislative session - it runs straight from January to April. Once it ends, the legislature can come back via Special Session to vote on legislation or override vetoes, but those are not common. So, this concludes our chance to change state law in 2021.

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Testimony for HB807: Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling & Waste Systems

March 29, 2021

Today, the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee holds its hearing on HB807, legislation to create a task force to study recycling and solid waste policies and systems in Maryland. This task force could significantly help advance zero waste in Maryland; here is our testimony in favor of the bill.

HB807: Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland

Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

March 31, 2021

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Testimony for Railroad Community & Worker Safety

March 19, 2021

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Senate Finance Committee

March 23, 2021

Dear Chairwoman Kelley and Members of the Committee,

Clean Water Action thanks Delegate Stein for continuing to champion two man crew legislation and supports its passage. We have a keen interest in making sure that trains in Maryland have adequate crew available to not only respond to disasters, but also to prevent them.