News & Updates

June 20, 2019

There are three big environmental issues with the production of meat - feed sourcing, manure processing, and climate change.

Cows -- Kent Kanouse -- Creative Commons, Flickr
June 20, 2019

The agriculture industry in the Midwest is a well-developed market system streamlined for two crops: corn and soybeans.

display of meat
June 20, 2019

When it comes to producing meat, corporate agriculture’s entire supply chain, from growing the crops that feed the animals to the production of their products, pollutes our water and air, while contributing to climate change. Fertilizers, chemicals, and manure spread on crop fields runs off into our surrounding waterways. Manure stored at feedlot operations is subject to spread from flooding or leaks. Emissions from growing and harvesting the feed, stored animal waste, animal burps, and the production facilities contribute even further to climate change.

June 19, 2019

From bags to straws to carry out containers — could Frederick County be the next jurisdiction to ban single-use plastic items? One lawmaker there is opening discussions.  

Some local officials have banned plastic straws. Others charge a small fee for plastic bags.  Frederick County is now looking to catch up in the efforts to "go green."

County councilmember Kai Hagen says they are setting up a working group to conduct research about all single-use plastics.

June 19, 2019

Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry plans to propose a ban on plastic bags at city grocers and corner stores, his office said Thursday.

His legislation also would establish a 5-cent checkout surcharge for use of other types of bags, including ones made of paper or other compostable materials.

Henry could not be reached for comment. His office said he plans to introduce the legislation at Monday’s council meeting.

June 19, 2019

The Baltimore City Council will discuss new legislation that would ban plastic bags in stores and impose a tax on other varieties.

Councilman Bill Henry will introduced the Comprehensive Bag Reduction Bill Monday, which bans all plastic bags at the point of sale.

June 19, 2019

Those plastic bags you get at your local supermarket, or just about anywhere you shop in Baltimore City, could be a thing of the past under a measure City Councilman Bill Henry plans to introduce at Monday’s council meeting. The bill would ban plastic bags altogether and place a surcharge of five cents on other bags — like paper or compostable bags —at the point of sale or during pick up or delivery. ... 96 percent of Baltimore residents support policies that lead to waste reduction, recycling and reuse, according to a survey from the Department of Public Works.

June 19, 2019

Years after Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed legislation banning stores from handing out plastics bags in Baltimore City, Councilman Bill Henry is giving it another go.

A proposal announced by Henry’s office in a media advisory Thursday would ban stores from handing out plastic bags at the register, while also setting a 5-cent fee on other kinds of bags. It would also fine retailers $250 for the first offense and more for subsequent violations.

June 17, 2019

The recent report of PFAS contamination of the Farmington River is serious and should be a wake-up call for state action. 

NJ Autumn Toast
June 17, 2019

You are invited to attend Clean Water Action's 10th Annual "Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment" charity auction fundraiser happening Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 1-5 pm at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, NJ!

The event will benefit Clean Water Action's local programs to protect drinking water and reduce single-use disposable plastic and foam pollution that harms our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and communities. Autumn Toast is a fun-filled day featuring: