Legislation

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.

Latest Posts

Clean Water Bills Pass in Maryland, Backtrack in Virginia

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

Act Now to Stop Water Pollution Violations in Maryland!

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

Take Action to Restore Patuxent Riverkeeper to Patuxent River Commission

Take action today to ask your Maryland legislators to reinstate environmental and community advocates to the Patuxent River Commission. SB367 & HB716 sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky, Del. Mary Lehman and many others would make the Patuxent Riverkeeper a permanent member of the Patuxent River Commission. Secretary of Planning Robert McCord dismissed Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred … Read more

Take Action to Stop Toxic PFAS in Maryland!

People across the state and country are exposed to PFAS chemicals in consumer products, food and food packaging, and drinking water. Exposure to PFAS is linked to cancer and other illnesses. Urge your Maryland legislators to stop PFAS and pass the The George “Walter” Taylor Act (SB273/HB275) introduced by Sen. Sarah Elfreth & Del. Sara Love.Maryland, … Read more

Our Clean Water Legislative Priorities for the Region

Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s policy priorities for the 2022 Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania legislative sessions will focus on enforcement, climate, equity and justice, public access, participation and notification, and sustainable local agriculture. Our overarching priority is strengthening states’ implementation of the federal Clean Water Act, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year (read more about our CWA50 … Read more

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