Waterkeepers Chesapeake and our 17 Waterkeeper members work on legislation at the local, state and federal level. At the beginning of each year, the legislatures in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are in session. We introduce and push for bills that will clean and restore our local waterways – making them swimmable, drinkable, and fishable in the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays regions, once again.
As many Marylanders are probably aware, the Old Line State has enjoyed a recent history of passing important environmental laws on everything from climate change to Chesapeake Bay restoration. Environmentalists in Maryland have reason to be proud of this track record of going above and beyond the minimum standards of environmental protection established in federal … Read more
The Chesapeake Bay has long been a treasured recreation center for those in the Mid-Atlantic region. That’s why the coalition United for a Chesapeake National Recreation Area is rallying support to designate the state parks and wildlife areas around the Chesapeake Bay as a National Recreation Area (CNRA). Waterkeepers Chesapeake is happy to be a … Read more
In a victory for the Susquehanna and Potomac river basins, Pennsylvania’s 2022 General Assembly passed a state budget that establishes the new Clean Streams Fund program. The Clean Streams Fund is extremely timely considering that more than one-third of Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of streams are so polluted that they are considered “impaired.” Pennsylvania’s new state … Read more
In a victory for protecting clean water and preventing environmental injustices, the Maryland legislature passed several bills championed by Waterkeepers Chesapeake that significantly improve the monitoring and enforcement of pollution permits, require an evaluation of environmental justice impacts for new permits, ensure public participation, and limit toxic pollutants. Unfortunately, Virginia backtracked on progress made and … Read more
Press Release: Maryland Legislature Passes Bills Strengthening Clean Water Protections and Ensuring Equity
Three bills improve the state’s regulation, enforcement, and public notice under the Clean Water Act (Takoma Park, MD) – In a victory for protecting clean water and addressing environmental injustices, the Maryland legislature passed three bills that significantly improve the monitoring and enforcement of pollution permits, require an evaluation of environmental injustices for new permits, … Read more
Maryland has hundreds of facilities currently polluting our local waterways, endangering public health, local economies and our drinking water. The agency in charge of enforcement – the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) – is critically understaffed and is failing to identify, inspect and enforce against these violations, causing pollution to continue for months or … Read more