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).
Our priorities are:
Pushing for greater transparency and accountability for the agricultural industry.
Insisting that states improve regulation of industrial factory farms known as CAFOs.
Keeping excess poultry manure from polluting our waterways.
Building a fair and just food system through our Fair Farms campaign, 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 coronavirus pandemic has shined a light on the precarious nature of industrial agriculture and how the few companies dominating this sector often leave out contract farmers and essential workers at all levels of the supply chain. A resilient, equitable local and regional food system is more important than ever. This crisis offers us an … Read more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled on Wednesday that a lawsuit can proceed challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to update national standards to control water pollution from slaughterhouses. Wednesday’s decision, in a lawsuit filed by community and conservation groups late last year, deferred for later consideration an argument by the … Read more
Poultry Industry Ammonia Air Pollution Adds More Nitrogen to Chesapeake Bay than all MD or PA Sewage Plants
Fatter Birds and Lack of Emissions Controls Contribute 12 Million Pounds of Nitrogen to Bay Annually FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (Earth Day) Press contact: Tom Pelton, Environmental Integrity Project, (443) 510-2574 or email@example.com Washington, D.C. — A new study concludes that ammonia air pollution from the Chesapeake region poultry industry contributes about … Read more
Fair Farms blog. In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Maryland General Assembly decided to adjourn a few weeks early, on March 18th. We’re thankful that our elected officials acted quickly to protect public health, while also accomplishing a tremendous amount in a short period of time. Thanks to their steadfastness, and … Read more
With a new year comes new priorities for the Fair Farms campaign to focus on in the Maryland state legislature. We hope that you will be an involved participant in the legislative process this session. Write and call your legislators, submit testimony, and support bills by talking with family and friends and encouraging them to … Read more
EPA’s Decision Not to Update Pollution Standards Allows Slaughterhouses to Continue Discharging Unhealthy Amounts of Pollution into the Nation’s Waterways EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 10 am, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Media contacts: Tom Pelton, Environmental Integrity Project, (443) 510-2574 or firstname.lastname@example.org Nydia Gutierrez, Earthjustice, (212) 284-8030 or email@example.com Washington, D.C.— Eleven conservation and community groups, representing … Read more
In Maryland, there are hundreds of large industrial poultry operations, sometimes called factory farms. Regulators call them concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs. Every five years, the state permit for these operations comes up for renewal. We need your help to submit comments on this permit by December 27, 2019. The Maryland General Permit for … Read more
MDA Committee Votes Against Proposed Delay for “Phosphorus Management Tool” Sought by Farmers Annapolis, Md. – A Maryland advisory committee voted today to recommend that Governor Hogan’s Administration move ahead with poultry manure regulations meant to stop the over-application of chicken litter to farm fields and reduce pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of … Read more
MD Gov. Hogan’s Administration Considering a One Year Delay for Phosphorus Regulations Annapolis, Md. – Maryland Governor Hogan’s administration is considering a delay in poultry manure regulations meant to stop the chronic over-application of chicken litter to farm fields and reduce phosphorus pollution runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Phosphorus Management … Read more
By Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake (first printed as a Waterkeeper Alliance blog) As an environmental lawyer, I was trained to see regulators and courts as the sole path to improvement. But I’ve found that going in with guns blazing and lawyers filing doesn’t get you everything you need, especially when dealing with … Read more