Don’t let Congress make our waters more vulnerable to harmful aquatic invasive species
They’re at it again.
The Dirty Water Caucus in the U.S. Senate is attacking a key Clean Water Act protection, and they’re trying to sneak that attack into the Coast Guard Authorization Act. This bill currently contains the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which strips EPA of its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect against ballast water pollution from ships.
Last week, Saginaw Township’s wastewater retention and treatment basins overflowed. After just over two inches of rainfall stressed the outdated sewer infrastructure to its failing point, over three million gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the Tittabawassee River.
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.
Just a few highlights:
New legislation dubbed the FUTURE Act is supposedly a climate solution. But in reality the FUTURE Act would put drinking water at risk, encourage more oil drilling without putting adequate protections in place, and add to the more than $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies the oil and gas industry enjoys every year.
While we are used to the Consumer Product Safety Commission issuing product recalls, the Commission issued an unprecedented warning to consumers in September. Shoppers were advised to avoid upholstered furniture with organohalogens, a group of chemicals used as flame retardants.
With the possible exception of those stuck in the attic searching for a Halloween costume, we've all seen the havoc unleashed by the Trump EPA lately — the proposed rollbacks of commonsense safeguards that protect us from air and water pollution and that restrict exposure to toxic chemicals in our lives. This has real world impacts, making our communities less safe and harming young children and the most vulnerable among us in particular.
Photo: Maria Belen Power - Chelsea GreenRoots (center), Andrea Nyamekye - Neighbor to Neighbor (left), Madeleine Scammell - BUSPH (right) testify at environmental justice hearing