Sen. Thomas Carper, Delaware’s senior U.S. Senator, is a lead sponsor of S. 972, the Clean Construction Act of 2011. The bill would require the use of existing technology to reduce diesel emissions from construction equipment. Diesel operations are not only the source of health-harming exhaust that seriously degrades air quality, but they also contribute significantly to global warming and the climate crisis.
Saving Montgomery County's Ten Mile Creek
Ten Mile Creek, the “last best creek,” is threatened by a proposed development in Clarksburg, in northwest Montgomery County. The proposed final and optional phase of a build-out in what was a rural area would be certain to degrade Ten Mile Creek’s water quality.
In addition to its status as a valuable natural area, the creek is a backup drinking water source for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers, increasing the issue’s importance for most Montgomery and Prince George’s County residents.
Many citizens from already-developed parts of the Clarksburg area are raising their voices about how further development could harm their quality of life as well as the creek. Advocates have added their voices to the debate, as the proposed development would be the antithesis the “smarth growth” ideal of walkable urban places with nearby public transit. Instead, this development would cause needless natural resource degradation and increase dependence on long-distance travel.
In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay. The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010. That deadline will not be met. Clean Water Action supported the strongest possible version of this latest agreement, understanding that we would continue fighting for the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as the likeliest means restoring the Bay.