Jennifer Kunze - Maryland Program Organizer

Train Tunnels through West Baltimore

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

Speaking out for the Monocacy

July 13, 2017

Yesterday was the latest in many public hearings about the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan.  Developed by a volunteer board of Frederick County and Carroll County Residents, the Plan is meant to outline the many water quality, land use, and wildlife habitat challenges facing the Monocacy River - one of the most polluted watersheds in the state - and recommend ways that Frederick County, Carroll County, the City of Frederick, the Town of Walkersville, and groups and individuals within its watershed can protect and improve it.  But unfortunately during the hearing process for the first

Lake Marian, in the Linganore Creek watershed

Protecting Lake Linganore: Frederick City's drinking water

June 30, 2017

Every summer in Frederick County, Maryland, news hits about algae blooms, sediment, and other pollution in Lake Linganore.  Source of nearly half of the drinking water in Frederick City and the central part of the County and an important center for recreation for the Linganore community, Linganore Creek and its 83-square-mile watershed are vital for Frederick County.  But historic agricultural runoff, continue

Comment today on the Baltimore City Green Network Plan

June 28, 2017

The Green Network Plan is the Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s plan to transform vacant and abandoned properties into community assets, such as gardens, parks, urban farms, recreational fields, and more.  They've been working for over a year to come up with an outline of green nodes and corridors for the whole city, and have worked with community groups in four areas in East, West, and Southwest Baltimore to create detailed neighborhood greenspace plans.  And, now, they want feedba

15 people hold signs saying "Stop Oil Trains" and showing train tank cars and flames as news media films

A close call last year in Baltimore - why we need to #stopoiltrains

June 13, 2017

One year ago today, I was woken up by texts letting me know that a train had derailed in downtown Baltimore and asking me if I knew what was going on.  I had been working to fight crude oil trains for almost two years then, so I knew what might have happened if the train cars that had derailed had carried crude oil: an explosion and fire that would have killed community residents in their homes, damaged the campuses of the University of Baltimore and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and changed the face of Baltimore.  Fortunately, the cars carried liquified petroleum gas vapors and ac

Maryland leads against climate change and dirty water

June 5, 2017

Our national news is full of bad news for the environment, but we don't need the Paris Climate Accords to fight climate change.  Here's some good news on our local campaigns across the state fighting for clean air, clean water, and health:

Offshore wind companies agree to invest millions in Maryland

June 1, 2017

A few weeks ago, the Public Service Commission declared that the two offshore wind companies vying for Offshore wind Renewable Energy Credits could move forward with their plans to construct the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind farms off the coast of Ocean City - provided they met certain requirements designed to make sure that these projects benefit Marylanders as much as possible.  Last week, both companies agreed to these terms - bringing Maryland a huge step clo

Meeting Green Neighbors in Baker Park

June 1, 2017

Emily, Caitlin from the Potomac Conservancy, and I spent last weekend in downtown Frederick at the Green Neighbor Festival.  This two-day gathering for environmentalists, gardeners, advocates, and families was planned by Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Friends of Baker Park to promote environmental sustainability and “green” practices to protect land, water, and energy resources.  As part of the Clean Water Frederick team, we were there to share information about watersheds and water quality in Frederick County, encourage residents to act to p

Maryland leads on offshore wind!

May 11, 2017

For the past few months, Clean Water Action members have been writing, speaking, and rallying for offshore wind in Maryland.  And today, the Public Service Commission surprised advocates and business leaders alike by

Fight for climate justice in DC and fair development in Baltimore.

April 17, 2017

For over a century, Baltimore has been a hub for dirty energy sources and other industry that has put our environment and our communities in danger.   From coal-burning power plants and the BRESCO trash incinerator to crude oil train terminals and the coal export facility in South Baltimore, dirty energy has made Baltimore fail to meet health-based air quality standards, displaced residents, all while failing to supply enough jobs to keep Baltimore's economy strong.  But in the next tw