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Bioswales lhelp control storm water bring beauty of nature to urban campus. Photo By Dave Everett
September 21, 2021

It’s Fall!  Here are Some Tips for Healthy Fall Yard and Gardens While Protecting Our Water!

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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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September 15, 2021

The latest report  from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we are terrifyingly close to  the point of no return in terms of stemming the worst impact of the climate crisis. The world’s on fire and it's only going to get worse unless we act.

September 9, 2021

Frederick City's local primary elections are on Tuesday, September 14! After requesting questionnaires and interviews with all of the candidates, we are proud to endorse four candidates for the Board of Aldermen:

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September 9, 2021

A tragic beginning

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September 7, 2021

Lead exposure is a problem that America has been facing for decades. The EPA estimates that lead in drinking water can account for 20% of a person's exposure to lead (Lead and Drinking Water). Currently, there are lead service lines in up to ten million homes across the country. Replacing them comes at a high cost.

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September 2, 2021

I’ve been working on the question of what water should be protected by the Clean Water Act for 19 years. Polluters and their allies in Congress have been trying to remove some water bodies from the Act’s jurisdiction for just as long, so you would think I ran out of outrage a long time ago. But no.

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August 27, 2021

The Trump Dirty Water Rule (AKA the "Navigable Waters Protection Rule”) eliminated Clean Water Act protections for certain streams and wetlands. U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan has said the rule is “leading to significant environmental degradation.” Earlier this summer EPA announced that it will revoke the Dirty Water Rule and replace it with a rule that is more protective of vital water bodies. In August EPA held a series of listening sessions to gather public input on its plan. This is the testimony I gave to EPA.

August 20, 2021

All across Maryland, the news is buzzing about the race for Governor, but in some local governments, it's already election season. If you're registered to vote with a political party in Frederick City, a ballot is on its way (if it hasn't arrived already!) for you to vote in the Primary for the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen.

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August 9, 2021

Connecticut’s Incinerator is shutting down - now is not the time to expand a polluting ash disposal facility.