Our urban and suburban streams and rivers are plagued by polluted runoff every time it rains. Stormwater transports trash, oil, and toxic chemicals into our waterways. And when sewers overflow, raw sewage flows into our rivers. The impacted communities are often the most disadvantaged. Our Waterkeepers are using several strategies to reduce polluted stormwater runoff, ensuring that our neighborhood streams, rivers and bays become fishable and swimmable once again.
Waterkeepers Chesapeake and several Riverkeepers have been fighting to get the states to issue permits that adequately control polluted runoff. We have been in the courts for several years arguing for:
- enforceable limits in the permits
- public participation processes when agencies set deadlines and limits
- adequate monitoring and compliance timetables
- requirements for the elimination of non-stormwater pollution discharges
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Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at noon for an Earth Day ‘lunch & learn’ with our Waterkeepers to talk about The Power of Plants to Protect Clean Water. All across our region, Waterkeepers have programs to encourage the use of natives plants and trees, water-friendly lawn and garden practices, and stream buffers and living … Read more
Did you know that over application of lawn fertilizer can lead to serious water quality issues in our local rivers and streams? It takes just one (1) pound of phosphorus and seven (7) pounds of nitrogen entering a waterway to produce 500 pounds of algae. As we enter the winter months it is a good … Read more
The Clear Choices Clean Water Chesapeake Bay campaign that Waterkeepers Chesapeake launched in June 2019 is encouraging members of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take action to protect the important ecosystems present in the Bay region. Community members are able to take pledges promising to abstain from using harmful lawn fertilizers, to clean up after … Read more
Report: Md. Not Doing Enough to Reduce Stormwater Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, Elizabeth She, August 18, 2020 Maryland engages in credit trading, which means officials are “moving pollution from one area to another” — such as focusing on agricultural runoff rather than stormwater runoff, Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, said at Monday’s … Read more
Baltimore Sun: New report faults Maryland for failing to plan for stormwater pollution in Chesapeake Bay
New report faults Maryland for failing to plan for stormwater pollution in Chesapeake Bay, Hallie Miller, August 17, 2020 Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a water advocacy organization, said Virginia, which borders the Bay along with Maryland, has been moving in a better direction than its neighbors. She said development permits in Maryland … Read more
New Report Documents Retreat by PA and MD in Efforts to Control Stormwater Pollution in Chesapeake Bay
During a Time of Growing Rainfall Caused by Climate Change, Many States and Cities Planning Infrastructure Based on Outdated Data Washington, D.C. – During a time of growing rainfall, flooding, and runoff pollution caused by climate change, a new report by Environmental Integrity Project documents that Pennsylvania and Maryland have gone backwards in their efforts to … Read more
Harrisburg Water Monitoring Shows Unsafe Levels of Bacteria in 33% of Tests in Susquehanna River this Summer
New Report Reveals Pennsylvania’s Backtracking on Commitments to Control Stormwater Pollution FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 17, 2020 Media contacts: Ted Evgeniadis, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, (609) 571-5278 or email@example.com Tom Pelton, Environmental Integrity Project, (443) 510-2574 or firstname.lastname@example.org Note: A press conference will be held beside the Susquehanna River at 11 am on August 17 in Riverfront Park … Read more
Fair Farms Blog Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s Clear Choices Clean Water campaign added a new pledge on healthy soils to emphasize the importance of soil health and how integral soil is to food production, water sources, and the climate and environment in general. Here at Fair Farms, we’re excited about this new pledge that encourages residents living … Read more
Campaign will drive citizen action in Harford County to improve local water quality through online pledges (Monkton, MD) – Gunpowder Riverkeeper has launched the Clear Choices Clean Water campaign in partnership with Waterkeepers Chesapeake to increase awareness about how choices residents make impact local rivers and streams – and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. The campaign … Read more
By Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Angela Haren, Baltimore Sun Op Ed, July 4, 2019 There’s a big problem right under our feet. Last year, sewer line breaks and leaks caused hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage water to spill into local waterways, putting both human health and aquatic life at … Read more