Monday 20 May 2019

Waterkeepers in the News (173)

Enjoy these recent news articles, videos and other media mentions about our member Waterkeepers.

CHESTERTOWN — The Chester River Association and other conservation organizations are advocating against a draft proposal that would have designated oyster sanctuaries open for harvesting. A news release states that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has submitted the proposal to the Oyster Advisory Commission for review.  Read more on MyEasternShore.com by Dorian Mitchell on March 15, 2017  
MEDIA STATEMENT ‘EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Will be Watched Carefully’ Nomination mobilized extraordinary citizen effort against confirmation Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of 19 Riverkeepers, Coastkeepers and Shorekeepers from around the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays watersheds, will be closely monitoring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under newly-confirmed administrator Scott Pruitt. When Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was tapped by President Donald Trump on December 7, 2016, Waterkeepers from around the Bay were gravely concerned about his ability to effectively administer the agency. Pruitt had unsuccessfully joined multiple lawsuits to halt the agency’s efforts to enforce the Clean Water and the Clean Air acts. Residents from around the Chesapeake Bay expressed concerns about the Chesapeake Bay’s ongoing cleanup efforts with Pruitt helming the pollution-fighting agency. With strong grassroots mobilization, Waterkeepers Chesapeake encouraged thousands of residents in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia to write letters to their U.S. Senators asking them to vote “no” on Pruitt. “A man who describes himself as a ‘leading advocate against the EPA’ is not the right person to head the EPA,” said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake. “We are very disappointed that there weren’t enough Senators to recognize the threat Mr. Pruitt poses to clean air and water.” Nonetheless, Nicholas praised the outpouring of support: “We had thousands of letters, phone calls and in person exchanges coming from residents. We saw an unprecedented citizen mobilization on this nomination. We are grateful to these citizen advocates.” “To me, that says Pruitt is…
Press Release: Lower Shore Citizens Seek Legislative Relief For Poultry House Air Pollution Community Healthy Air Act Would Require MDE to Assess Air Pollution from Factory Farms Annapolis, MD — On Friday, Senator Richard S. Madaleno introduced Senate Bill 773, the Community Healthy Air Act (CHAA), which would require Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to identify and monitor all air pollutants that are emitted by factory farms, also known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), and report back to the Maryland General Assembly on its findings. The bill was introduced at the request of Eastern Shore community members and other citizen groups who are concerned about the impacts that CAFO air emissions are having on public health and the environment. Presently MDE does not monitor or regulate these emissions. “Studies show that large scale CAFO operations directly threaten our communities and waterways with harmful air pollutants. It’s about time we pay attention to the impacts industrial poultry operations are having on public health,” said Senator Richard S. Madaleno (D-District 18). “The CHAA is commonsense legislation premised on the fundamental belief that every Marylander has a right to know what is in the air they and their children breath in every day.” “ACT has watched the expansion of industrial scale poultry house construction on the Lower Shore for two years, and have been concerned that the level of ammonia being exhausted unfiltered and unregulated is contributing to increased levels of nitrogen deposition to our local waterways and to groundwater,” commented…