Emily Ranson - Maryland Director

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Landscaping Your Septic System!

July 28, 2022

You have to have a septic field, but how do you make it a beautiful feature of your yard? How can you make it a native landscape supporting pollinators?

Whether it's a sound mound drainfield or the maintenance access ports to a septic tank or BAT unit, homeowners often wish they could camouflage these to make their yards more aesthetically pleasing. This webinar will cover considerations, options, and specific plants and practices to use with an emphasis on low-impact, native choices.

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Take Howard County's Climate Change Survey!

June 29, 2022

Howard County is working to reduce the impacts of climate change by reducing energy use, using renewable energy, and more. But even with these efforts on the local level, we are expecting more extreme heatwaves, cold snaps, and extreme storms. The county wants to make sure that county residents have what they need to handle these changes and challenges.

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Testimony for SB229, On-Farm Composting

March 30, 2022

SB229: Environment – On–Farm Composting Facilities – Permit Exemption

House Environment and Transportation Committee

March 30, 2022

Positon: Favorable

Dear Chairman Barve and Members of the Committee,

Clean Water Action supports SB229 to expand the footprint of on-farm compost facilities, and we appreciate the amendments that Senator Gallion and Delegate Shetty agreed to which strengthen the entire on-farm compost permit.

Say No to a New M-83 Highway

March 21, 2022

M83 is an outdated solution to our traffic and development problems, yet it is still a part of Montgomery County's Master Plan of Highways and Transitways. Two other parallel highways exist - instead of investing in yet another highway Montgomery County should invest in transit and other transportation alternatives. Bus rapid transit, expanding Ride-On services, and investing in problematic intersections should be pursued before plowing through hundreds of acres of forest and preserve.

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Justice 40 principles in Maryland

March 15, 2022

Testimony for HB1033

House Appropriations Committee

March 15, 2022


Dear Chair McIntosh and Members of the Committee,

HB566: Zero Waste infrastructure in schools!

February 17, 2022

Today, the House Appropriations Committee held its hearing on HB566, legislation to bring Maryland one step further down the path to Zero Waste by ensuring that new schools are built with facilities to separate recycling and compost from the trash in place. What a great idea! Read our testimony for more:

HB566: School Construction – Design Documents – Waste Disposal Infrastructure

House Appropriations Committee

February 17, 2022

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Testimony on Septic Systems

February 9, 2022

HB318 - On-Site Wastewater Services - Regulation

House Environment and Transportation Committee

February 9, 2022

Position: Favorable

Dear Chairman Barve and Members of the Committee,

A compost pile at Prince George's County's compost facility.

Testimony for SB229/HB184: On-Farm Composting

January 24, 2022

Small, local composting operations are a big part of the Zero Waste solution! That's why we're so excited to support SB229/HB184, to promote the development of on-farm compost facilities. In collaboration with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Shore Rivers, we're also supporting amendments to make sure that these compost operations don't have unintended environmental consequences.


Testimony for SB124: Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste

January 19, 2022

Today, we testified in favor of SB124, legislation to create a grants program for public schools to divert food waste and develop composting infrastructure! Check out the public hearing here, read a recap here, and click here to email your representatives!

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Another year for clean water

December 29, 2021

If I had to summarize 2021 in one word, I’d use adaptation to describe how our offices across the country and in Maryland took to the hurdles and challenges of the last two years of the pandemic and transformed them into a totally new way of organizing, outreach, and policy change.