The Clean Water Blog

An Extra Hour for Clean Power

The days are now getting shorter, and while we’ve rolled back our clocks we will not roll back our water protections. Here’s what your Maryland Clean Water Action office has been up to as we fight federal rollbacks and push Maryland forward.

Coal Free Waters- With a coalition of other groups, we are urging the Maryland Department of the Environment to require Maryland coal plants to minimize their toxic discharge. Join us in Baltimore on November 9th for Understanding the Health Consequences in Maryland of Electricity Produced from Fossil Fuel, a free workshop presented by Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Explosive Crude Oil Trains - On October 16, the Baltimore City Council introduced landmark legislation to prevent crude oil train disasters throughout Maryland, using Baltimore City's zoning code to prevent new crude oil train terminal construction that could provide a magnet for dangerous North Dakota crude.  Click here to see if you live near the crude oil trains' potential impact zone, watch this video to hear from some of the Baltimore City leaders fighting for this legislation, read more about the measure in the Baltimore Sun and WYPR, and contact us to get involved.

Save our Forests - Maryland is losing forests daily, but the current Forest Conservation Act only requires that developers replace a quarter acre for every acre cut down. We have joined a coalition of groups to change the law and stop this deforestation trend.

Baltimore City Lead Testing - We are wrapping up a study of over 200 homes in Baltimore City and County to evaluate lead contamination in drinking water, alongside our work in the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative. Stay tuned for the results of this study and more information on safe drinking water.

Protecting the Monocacy - The Monocacy River in Frederick and Carroll Counties is one of the most polluted waterways in Maryland, and provides almost a third of Frederick City's drinking water.  We've been standing with local advocates to speak out in favor of greater protections for and awareness of the river's challenges in the Monocacy Plan - read about the most recent hearing here!