Polluted Runoff from Agricultural Lands

Our Waterkeepers are working to reduce agricultural pollution in the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay and coastal watersheds. As the largest source of pollution, reducing agricultural pollution is essential to meeting the pollution reduction goals of the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan (TMDL).

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Our  Fair Farms campaign is building a fair and just food system through a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that’s fair to farmers, invests in homegrown, healthy food, and restores our waterways instead of polluting them.

The Million Acre Challenge helps Maryland farmers build soil health, increase farm profitability, and improve water quality — while making farms resilient and active in the face of climate change. This farmer-focused collaborative uses soil health science, economics, education, and incentives to achieve no fewer than one million acres of healthy soil in Maryland by 2030.

The Enforcement, Engagement, and Empowerment for Change on the Eastern Shore (E3) Initiative seeks to defend and implement pollution-reducing policies; pressure government and industry to meet community-led demands for accountability and solutions; accurately track agricultural pollution impacts on water and people; and create a level playing field for small and sustainable farmers. E3’s work focuses on enforcement of environmental laws, advocacy for policy reform, community organizing, and operation of new citizen air and water monitoring networks. E3 aims to ensure that any expansion of the poultry industry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore does not harm the health of local residents or pollute waterways.

Latest Posts

Gov. Hogan: Rural Marylanders Deserve Safe Drinking Water!

Nearly one million Marylanders rely on well water as their primary drinking source and must take the safety of their drinking water into their own hands. Unfortunately, many have not been informed about potential drinking water contaminants, do not know they should test their wells annually, or cannot afford the cost of testing. Access to … Read more

Ensure All Marylanders Have Safe Drinking Water!

Take Action and tell your Maryland legislators to pass House Bill 250 and ensure safe drinking water for all Marylanders today! The Safe Drinking Water Act is the primary federal law governing the health of the nation’s drinking water, but its protections do not extend to private drinking wells and smaller community-based water systems. Roughly 830,000 … Read more

Investing Recovery Funds for a Resilient Local Food System

Join us online on February 15 at 4:30pm for a webinar discussing ARPA and how local governments could invest their State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) in infrastructure for a more resilient local food system. On March 11 President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law to aid public health and economic recovery … Read more

For MLK Day: Reflections on Beloved Community

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this week, I want to share what a beloved community means to me and how it relates to my work with the Fair Farms campaign. The suggestion to write this blog came from a conversation I had with Taffy Gwitira, one of our Farmer Advisory Council members. She’s a … Read more

Fair Farms Legislative Priorities for 2022

The Fair Farms team and our farmer advisors are busy in Annapolis advocating for important legislation that would support sustainable farmers, the communities they feed, and the clean air and water we all rely on. Here is an update with opportunities for you to help. The first three are the top priorities for Fair Farms … Read more