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.

Map of locations of building sewage backups reported to Baltimore City DPW in Fiscal Year 2018

Residential Sewage Backups in Baltimore City, FY2018

The purpose of this essay is to shed light on the issue of basement backups of raw sewage

Building a Baltimore without BRESCO

For decades, the BRESCO trash incinerator has stood as the most recognizable welcome sign to Baltimore. But its towering smokestack is the least of the impacts it has on central Maryland. It burns waste from homes, businesses, schools, and institutions across central Maryland, and contributes significantly to local air pollution.

Baltimore Incinerator - Photo Credit: duckeesue / Shutterstock.com

Incineration

Incinerators are referred to as “waste-to-energy” facilities, but incinerator sites have caused significant environmental, health, and financial impacts on communities and residents.

From We All Live Downstream

A collage of photos of Clean Water Action's work in the 2020 Maryland General Assembly.
March 24, 2020

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe in the midst of this Covid-19 emergency. While our offices are closed, our dedicated staff are safely working at home. We continue to remain active on important environmental legislation in Maryland and wanted to provide a quick update. 

February 28, 2020

On Thursday, January 23, Baltimore’s Department of Public Works held a public information session on its tasks and progress on sewers and Baltimore’s sewage consent decree. DPW lawyer Paul DeSantis spoke for the brunt of presentation, and afterwards six stations were also held to elucidate issues in the eye of the public.

February 27, 2020

On Thursday Feb., 20 and Tuesday Feb., 25, I was able to attend and and testify for introductions of House Bill 438 and Senate Bill 560 into their respective committees (Economic Matters in the House, and Finance for the Senate).