Emily Ranson - Maryland Program Coordinator

A new development peeks from behind farm fields

A New Plan for Anne Arundel County in the Works

September 15, 2017

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.

Image of Chalk Point Coal Plant from MD Sierra Club

Coal Free Maryland Waters

August 22, 2017

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.

Get Involved: Planning the Future of Howard County

August 18, 2017

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.

You will:

Victory! Public Financing for Howard County Elections in 2022!

July 5, 2017

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.

Lazy summer days, serious clean water updates

July 3, 2017

Even during the slow summer months, our work continues to push Maryland forward for water quality and to fight against rollbacks on the federal level.

A Watershed Conservation District for Mattawoman Creek

May 12, 2017
Update: The County Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of the Watershed Conservation District! Thank you to Commissioners Murphy, Robinson, and Stewart for voting to limit sprawl development around Mattawoman Creek and the headwaters of the Port Tobacco River!
The Severn River at sunrise

A New General Development Plan for Anne Arundel

May 5, 2017

On May 1st, Clean Water Action joined on a letter supporting PDF iconResolution18-17, which asks the County Executive to begin the comprehensive review of the 2009 General Development Plan and to include civic participation into the review process.

Mobilize and Localize: catching up with our local work

April 25, 2017

A few weeks after Maryland's whirlwind of a legislative session, it's time to dive deep on our local level campaigns.  Clean Water Action supporters across Maryland are fighting for clean air and water, healthy communities, a life-sustaining climate, and a meaningful democracy.  Here's what's g

Next Steps for Howard County Citizens' Election Fund!

April 24, 2017

Update: The Howard County Council voted and passed CB30 (the Citizens' Election Fund) on Monday, June 5th! County Executive Kittleman vetoed the bill, so the work continues to overturn the veto. We need you to email or call your councilmember one last time to thank them for voting for a new way to finance campaigns and ask them to overturn the veto!

What is CB30?

Hearing next week on the Howard County Citizen's Election Fund

April 14, 2017

In November, Howard County residents passed Question A to establish a new way for candidates to run for office. Now, Councilmembers Jon Weinstein and Jen Terrasa have introduced CB30 to finalize the program, and it’s up to the Council to pass it. The program will provide matching funds for small donor contributions to candidates who don’t accept large or corporate contributions.

On April 19th, the County Council is hosting a public hearing to hear input on the program.