Environmental Justice in Maryland

Every community in the state of Maryland deserves to have their health and environmental safety treated with equity and integrity. Clean Water believes that your health and quality of life should not be determined by your zip code. We work with overburdened communities to ensure their voices are heard.

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Company Withdraws Plan for Crude Oil Terminal in Baltimore

Decision by Texas-based Targa Terminals Reduces Dangerous Bakken Oil by Rail Through City

Oil train with DOT-111 train cars. Photo credit: Todd Klassy / Shutterstock

Fracking & Oil and Gas in Maryland

Clean Water and Don’t Frack MD, a 100 group coalition, pursued a statewide campaign and won passage for the Protect Our Health and Communities Act (HB449/ SB409).

Capitol Dome in Annapolis, view of the Bay. Photo credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Our Priorities for the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session

We are gearing up for another legislative session in Maryland. Here are our priorities for the 2018 legislative session in Annapolis. Thanks to Clean Water members and actiivists, in 2017, we successfully passed the Keeping Antibiotics Effective Act and phased out the use of lead wheel weights and mercury switches and relays. We need to keep this momentum moving forward. Make sure you are signed up to receive Clean Water Emails! Throughout Session we will be sending action alerts and updates on how these bills (and others that spring up) are moving through the lawmaking process and we'll need you to join us to win for our water and communities. 

The REDUCE Act - Mercury

Mercury, the infamous silvery liquid metal, is a proven neurotoxin and exposure to mercury is a potential serious health threat for pregnant women and young children in particular. During the first years of life, a child's brain is still developing and rapidly absorbing nutrients

From We All Live Downstream

January 22, 2018

Public transportation systems are a key air quality and climate change issue.  About a third of Maryland's total greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector.  Public transportation uses at least half as much energy to move a single person as a private vehicle, and one study found that replacing private vehicle trips with public transit trips reduces carbon monoxide by 95%, volatile organic compounds by 90%, and carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide by 45%.  Robust public transit systems allow commuters and travele

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

July 25, 2017

The BRESCO trash incinerator is the largest air polluter in Baltimore, wastes what could be a valuable resource for local businesses using zero waste practices, and connects with a system of steam pipes that put residents and visitors of Baltimore at risk.  In May, the City Council passed a groundbreaking resolution committing the city to zero waste g