Protecting the Chesapeake

Marylanders love their crabs, fish, and the Bay, but this way of life could disappear forever unless we follow through on our pollution reduction commitments. Clean Water is working to reduce agricultural pollution, address polluted runoff, and keep Maryland on track.

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Power plant behind water spewing smoke. Photo credit: Martin Haas / Shutterstock

Power Plant Pollution Poisoning the Chesapeake Bay

Coal-burning power plants are poisoning the Chesapeake Bay with millions of harmful pollutants every year, including excessive nutrients that contribute to “dead zones” where crabs, oysters, fish and other aquatic life cannot survive.

 

Protect your Forests in Frederick County!

Frederick has lost 355 acres of forest in the last 5 years. Bill 17-17 could fix that.

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.

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Local Victories From Around the State!

We’ve had a busy summer 2016 in Maryland! So much great work is being done to protect Maryland’s environment. Continue reading below to find out about some of our local victories from across the State.

From We All Live Downstream

A stream in Howard County during a rain storm.
February 14, 2018

The Maryland Forest Conservation Act was designed to protect Maryland's forests; it implemented replanting requirements and minimum forested thresholds, and required more county oversight to protect our forests from over-development. While the law slowed forest clearance in some places, the law is falling short of protecting priority forests, especially where development pressure is intense and there are large, contiguous forests.

It is time to update the Forest Conservation Act!

January 26, 2018

Baltimore's sewage system is in trouble.  Sanitary sewage outfalls allow untreated sewage to spill into our streams during rainstorms.  Overflowing pipes spill water into our streets, and even our basements.  And major capital improvements are needed at our wastewater treatment facilities and throughout the system for Baltimore to clean up our waterways that lead to the Inner Harbor and keep pollution out of our neighborhoods.

November 3, 2017

The days are now getting shorter, and while we’ve rolled back our clocks we will not roll back our water protections. Here’s what your Maryland Clean Water Action office has been up to as we fight federal rollbacks and push Maryland forward.