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Image of Chalk Point Coal Plant from MD Sierra Club
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.

autumn toast 2017. photo by steven booty.
August 21, 2017

I wanted to take a few minutes to share an amazing experience with you! We all get bogged down with life, work, and other matters, but I was so thrilled when I happened to be the highest bidder and proud winner of a silent auction item at last year's Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment. This annual event features amazing prizes, wine, chocolate, and beer tastings, hors d'oeuvres, live jazz, and so much more. It's not to be missed!

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

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:

SAIS Clean Water Action Team
August 15, 2017

Since September 2016, as part of the Johns Hopkins SAIS International Environmental and Energy Practicum, I have been researching in partnership with Clean Water Action in order to inform the public about a little-known method of oil and gas production: Enhanced Oil Recovery. The culmination of our team’s research is the new report, “The Environmental Risks and Oversight of Enhanced Oil Recovery in the United States.”

Anna LaCombe and Steve Schultz dropping off constituent letters in the capitol
August 14, 2017

As the Minnesota Legislative Program Intern for Clean Water Action, I delved into the democratic process more than I ever had before.

Fight back against the Trump agenda
August 10, 2017

The first step on the road to ruin in a democracy is seduction, a good sales rap, and a charismatic pitchman who convinces us that a secure, prosperous  future is possible, but only he can get us there. That's what we're faced with now - a President seemingly ravaged by narcissism and paranoia, whose ego flames with popular passions who seems more concerned with satisfying his "base" than leading the country.

Pennsylvania Capitol, photo: Clean Water Action
August 10, 2017

There’s only one way to describe the recent revenue package (HB 118 & 542) that passed the Pennsylvania State Senate and is supported by Governor Wolf, which trades off enacting one the nation’s weakest severance taxes on natural gas drilling for inclusion of the most damaging set of environmental provisions we’ve seen in a long time, a raw deal. Is this situation giving you a feeling of déjà vu?

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
August 9, 2017

Forty-five years ago, Lake Erie was so polluted that TIME Magazine stated it was, “in danger of dying by suffocation.” Although there was a massive clean-up effort on the local, state, and federal level, Lake Erie once again experienced the largest harmful algal bloom in recorded history in 2011, with a peak intensity over three times greater than any previously observed bloom.

Waste_Plastic_National_Pile. Photo: Mikadun / Shutterstock
August 4, 2017

The world is awash in plastic trash. We've produced more than 9 billion tons of plastic since the middle of the 20th century and most of it lingers in landfills and recycling piles, in our oceans, on our beaches, and in our bodies. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.  It's our toxic legacy.