Saturday 23 September 2017

Press Statements (57)

Federal regulators are in place to regulate. We are disheartened that, regarding the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas export facility in Lusby, MD, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) not only arrived at a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” but that the D.C. Circuit Court upheld that decision in a recent ruling. FERC had an obligation to protect the residents of Maryland and people who live in the Chesapeake Bay region. Waterkeepers Chesapeake is committed to protecting water quality throughout the watershed, whether it be from energy interests that include hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” or other extraction industries that pollute our most precious natural resource: water. For more information on the case, please visit our Waterkeepers Chesapeake blog. Court's Opinion
By Dr. Sara Via and Betsy Nicholas, July 13, 2016, The Frederick News Post The recent discovery in an American patient of a “superbug” resistant to colistin, an antibiotic of last resort, is currently rocking the medical profession. This resistance gene has now been found in several U.S. communities just a few weeks after its discovery at the end of May at Walter Reed Army Medical Research Center. The rapid movement of this gene into new populations illustrates just how easily bacteria can share genes that are advantageous to them. Did you know that 70 percent of all medically important antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals that are not even sick? For decades, it has been common practice to administer low doses of the same antibiotics used in human medicine to livestock for growth promotion. Giving low doses to the entire herd on a regular basis is known to be the fastest way to produce bacterial populations that can resist antibiotics. This is why the European Union banned the prophylactic use of antibiotics in 2011. Despite the importance of this problem, a bill introduced in Maryland’s General Assembly this year to limit the use of medically important human antibiotics in farm animals did not even get a vote in either the House or the Senate. Sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) and Delegate Shane Robinson (D-Montgomery), this bill would have been a meaningful step in halting a practice that is known to endanger human…
This year marks the sixth year for the Waterkeeper Alliance and Toyota partnership for SPLASH, a series of events that take place on waterways across the United States to support local Waterkeeper organizations. The events engage community members, outdoor enthusiasts, and people new to the water to participate in recreational activities on the water -- swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing and more.  This year, a record 13 events will take place from Los Angeles to Miami to Michigan. Four of the 13 events will take place in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For more information on SPLASH, check out this Waterkeepers Alliance video.  Here are the local events - mark your calendars! Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah!June 8 – 19, 2016 | To benefit Potomac Riverkeeper NetworkPaddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is our second annual ten-day community outreach event that provides novice to advanced paddlers opportunities to spend a few days or just a few hours on the river, a rare opportunity to enjoy three National “water trails” that wind through a spellbinding corridor linked by land, water and history. Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is partnering with the National Park Service celebrating our Nation’s River, the 100-year anniversary of the National Parks System and promote the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and their connection to our National Park System in positive ways that promote their economic value to our region.We are teaming up with local outfitters to provide boats, equipment and shuttle service for daily and overnight paddle trips over the course of 10 consecutive days, starting June…