The Clean Water Blog

Fall into Clean Water Updates

We are hoping that everyone is having a good fall. As the leaves start to turn, visit a local farm with the family to enjoy apple and pumpkin-related festivities! Then curl up with some local apple cider and check out some clean water updates:

Highways are not the Answer! Clean Water Action, along with others, released a statement concerning Governor Hogan’s planned highway expansion. Highway expansion is not the answer to persistent rush hour congestion, this is not an efficient use of our resources - land or financial - and have detrimental impacts on our environment and resilience, increasing greenhouse gases, destroying habitats, and removing pervious land.

Coal Free Waters. With a coalition of other groups, in September we urged the Maryland Department of the Environment to require Maryland coal plants to minimize their toxic discharge. Almost 200 Clean Water Action members submitted comments to the MDE - thank you!

Baltimore City Lead Testing. We are in the middle of a study of 200 homes in Baltimore City and County to test for lead contamination in drinking water. We can test your home's drinking water for free if you meet certain requirements. There are only fifty spots left in the study, so sign up here to participate or learn more.

Save our Forests! Frederick County is losing forests every year - 300 acres over the last five years. One big reason for this is the county currently only requiring the state minimum for reforestation: one quarter acre replanted for every acre cut. We need to hold the line on deforestation with a better policy, for Frederick County and for the State of Maryland!

Crude Oil Trains. Our community organizer Jennifer Kunze organized a series of documentary screenings about crude oil trains last month. Watch our new Baltimore documentary here and stay tuned for big news on crude oil trains next week!

Thanks for all you to do protect our health, environment, and clean water in Maryland!