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.
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.
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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:
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.
Update: Thank you to all of our members who sent comments. The comment period is now closed - we will update you when there is an update.
We have a problem with coal-fired power plants dumping toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and selenium into our waterways. These pollutants concentrate in the food chain, and already Maryland has fish consumption advisories for mercury in over ten species.
Do you want to learn how to shape the future of Howard County? Does the planning process seem daunting?
Howard County is running their first PlanHoward Academy this fall to teach county residents how to participate in the process. Four sessions will include facilitated sessions, hands-on learning exercises, take-home materials, and web-based tools.
They are looking for applications to fill a class of 25 residents that want to be engaged in planning and improving life in Howard County.
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.