Passage of permanent reauthorization in March 2019 was a huge victory for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), for stakeholders around the country, and for bipartisan cooperation in Congress. Investments in our public lands and recreation opportunities support local economies and fuel a massive, homegrown, $887 billion outdoor industry.
Our democracy has been under assault for years by powerful special interests who want to buy their way into our government. They have helped elect politicians who put their needs first and then do everything they can to make sure they can’t be held accountable by voters – introducing strict voter ID requirements, gerrymandering districts so it’s nearly impossible for them to lose, and more.
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Trump is proposing to weaken water pollution standards for the power plant industry (known as the Steam Electric Effluent Limitations and Guidelines (ELG) rule). In 2015 EPA issued the first ever national pollution standards to limit the amount of arsenic, lead, mercury, selenium and other harmful chemicals that power plants can dump into our water. These standards had not been updated since 1982 and led to the contamination of 23,000 miles of rivers and streams across the country, including drinking water sources.
Right now, the Frederick County Council is considering Bill 19-17 (PDF) to create an independent Sustainable Monocacy Commission to "recommend policies that improve water quality, maintain and restore the ecological health and productivity of the Monocacy River and its tributaries, and conserve and protect wildlife habitat, the natural, cultural, and scenic character of the Monocacy River and its tributaries flowing in and through Frederick County." This is a great step f
Will you send an email to all fourteen companies that earned F grades? These companies, including Ulta, Starbucks, and TJ Maxx/Marshalls need to hear from you.
CB61-2019 amends the waiver process for many environmental provisions, including wetlands and forests, and addresses sidewalk waivers! A frequent complaint we hear from residents and advocates is that waivers are not transparent, are granted too frequently, and are undermining the effectiveness of environmental protections. CB61-2019 addresses this in two different ways. First, it brings the standard for the county up to the state standard of "unreasonable hardship," which cannot be economic.
The Baltimore City Council is holding investigative hearings on sewer backups and what the City is doing to solve this urgent public health and financial threat. Send them your comments about how dangerous sewage backups are, and what Baltimore City should be doing better to help.