Jennifer Kunze - Maryland Program Organizer

The Muddy Monocacy?

October 19, 2017

In Frederick County, MD, there are several competing theories about the source of the name of the Monocacy River.  One is that it meant “muddy waters” in the language of the Native Americans who lived there.  That certainly makes sense when you look at it – in living memory, the Monocacy has been a muddy river, with severe sedementation problems that make the river run red and brown after a rainstorm.  But others say that Monnockkesey was the Shawnee name for the river: “river with many bends.”  That’s certainly true: the largest Maryland tributary to the Potomac, the river makes many curve

Spreading the word about crude oil trains - neighborhood by neighborhood

October 5, 2017

“Most of my district is within one mile of the tracks that crude oil has been transported on. I don’t want any more crude oil tank cars putting the neighborhoods in my district at risk.”

Baltimore's Lead Testing Survey

August 31, 2017

Clean Water Action is conducting a study of 200 homes in Baltimore City and County to test for lead contamination in drinking water.

Lead can enter water if it is present in the service lines, in-home pipes, or faucets and fixtures in your home, and if water is corrosive or has high mineral content.  To learn more about how lead enters drinking water, click here.

Clean Water Action can test your drinking water for free if:

Train Tunnels through West Baltimore

August 18, 2017

On Wednesday, the Baltimore City Council held an investigational hearing on the proposed B&P Tunnel expansion through West Baltimore.  For the past few years, the Federal Railway Administration tasked Amtrak, MDOT, and Baltimore DOT with finding a solution to the constraints of the existing B&P Tunnel underneath West Baltimore: its narrowness and disrepair slow down and sometimes disrupt Amtrak and MARC passengers traveling betwen Baltimore and DC.  But residents of the neighborhoods above the proposed new tunnel have been

Speaking out for the Monocacy

July 13, 2017

Yesterday was the latest in many public hearings about the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan.  Developed by a volunteer board of Frederick County and Carroll County Residents, the Plan is meant to outline the many water quality, land use, and wildlife habitat challenges facing the Monocacy River - one of the most polluted watersheds in the state - and recommend ways that Frederick County, Carroll County, the City of Frederick, the Town of Walkersville, and groups and individuals within its watershed can protect and improve it.  But unfortunately during the hearing process for the first

Lake Marian, in the Linganore Creek watershed

Protecting Lake Linganore: Frederick City's drinking water

June 30, 2017

Every summer in Frederick County, Maryland, news hits about algae blooms, sediment, and other pollution in Lake Linganore.  Source of nearly half of the drinking water in Frederick City and the central part of the County and an important center for recreation for the Linganore community, Linganore Creek and its 83-square-mile watershed are vital for Frederick County.  But historic agricultural runoff, continue

Comment today on the Baltimore City Green Network Plan

June 28, 2017

The Green Network Plan is the Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s plan to transform vacant and abandoned properties into community assets, such as gardens, parks, urban farms, recreational fields, and more.  They've been working for over a year to come up with an outline of green nodes and corridors for the whole city, and have worked with community groups in four areas in East, West, and Southwest Baltimore to create detailed neighborhood greenspace plans.  And, now, they want feedba

15 people hold signs saying "Stop Oil Trains" and showing train tank cars and flames as news media films

A close call last year in Baltimore - why we need to #stopoiltrains

June 13, 2017

One year ago today, I was woken up by texts letting me know that a train had derailed in downtown Baltimore and asking me if I knew what was going on.  I had been working to fight crude oil trains for almost two years then, so I knew what might have happened if the train cars that had derailed had carried crude oil: an explosion and fire that would have killed community residents in their homes, damaged the campuses of the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and changed the face of Baltimore.  Fortunately, the cars carried liquified petroleum gas vapors and ac

Maryland leads against climate change and dirty water

June 5, 2017

Our national news is full of bad news for the environment, but we don't need the Paris Climate Accords to fight climate change.  Here's some good news on our local campaigns across the state fighting for clean air, clean water, and health:

Offshore wind companies agree to invest millions in Maryland

June 1, 2017

A few weeks ago, the Public Service Commission declared that the two offshore wind companies vying for Offshore wind Renewable Energy Credits could move forward with their plans to construct the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocean City - provided they met certain requirements designed to make sure that these projects benefit Marylanders as much as possible.  Last week, both companies agreed to these terms - bringing Maryland a huge step clo