Emily Ranson - Maryland Program Coordinator

Maryland forest in late summer

Proposed Solar Field on 240+ Acres of Forest

April 29, 2019

Georgetown University is currently proposing to cut down 249 acres of Southern Maryland’s largest forest to build a large-scale solar facility. This forest is one of Maryland’s targeted ecological areas, meaning it is a conservation priority for the state. It is home to many at-risk birds as well as Tier II streams, the designation given to Maryland’s highest quality streams. Please click here to email MDE: protect Southern Maryland's largest forest.

Waterfront in Edgewater, MD

Visioning Anne Arundel: Upcoming Meetings

April 22, 2019

Anne Arundel County will be hosting several Visioning Anne Arundel, a continuing discussion for Plan2040, sessions throughout the county. At 5 PM, the county will have an Open House format, followed by a community discussion at 7 PM.

The community discussion will focus on:

2017 Annapolis in Spring

Legislative Session Ends

April 8, 2019

While Maryland's legislative session normally ends with celebrations, this year we are all mourning the death of House Speaker Busch. Speaker Busch has served Maryland for many years, championing many environmental issues. His leadership in the House of Delegates and Maryland will be missed.

When the bells rang at midnight, Maryland's legislative session officially ended.

Here is where our priorities landed:

Burning Trash is Not Clean Energy!

April 8, 2019

People all across Maryland - especially in Baltimore, Frederick, and Montgomery County where communities have fought or are fighting against trash incinerators in their neighborhoods - have been working to make sure that any increase in the renewable portfolio standard not increase subsidies for trash incineration. Today, on the last day of the legislative session, the current version of the Clean Energy Jobs Act maintains burning trash as a tier 1 renewable energy source, keeping it eligible for the maximum amount of subsidy available.

2017 Annapolis in Spring

Good News out of Annapolis

April 5, 2019

This week has been a big week for many Clean Water priorities.

A dye test is used to track the water coming off a septic system. Important information can be determined by a dye test - like how quickly wastewater is flowing through a system or which system is flowing here.

Septic Legislation in 2019

March 14, 2019

Septic systems are a decentralized way to treat human waste. In most cases, an individual home has its own septic system and drain field.

Keep Those Antibiotics Effective, Maryland!

February 25, 2019

In 2017, after years of work in coalition and thousands of grassroots comments from Marylanders like you, Maryland became the second state in the nation to pass a law limiting the use of antibiotics being fed to healthy animals.

No More Cash for Burning Trash

January 18, 2019

Burning trash is not clean energy. When incinerators burn trash, they emit more greenhouse gasses per unit of energy generated than even coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, Maryland currently subsidizes trash incinerators in our state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) - giving taxpayer money to the incinerators as if they are clean sources of energy like solar or wind.

Richard and Jennifer look at a failing infiltration basin

Stormwater Practices Need Inspection and Maintenance

November 12, 2018

In November, Jennifer and I had the opportunity to take a storm water tour with Richard Klein, of Community and Environmental Defense Services. In off and on rain, we looked at the health of two different sections of streams and looked at two different storm water facilities.

Maryland Election Results

November 8, 2018

Congratulations to all of the newly elected legislators in local and state office and those who won reelection. Thank you to so many talented, passionate individuals who ran campaigns elevating environmental issues in their districts.