Recent years at Waterkeepers Chesapeake have been marked by pronounced growth in our organization and our capacity to protect clean water in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays regions. Waterkeepers Chesapeake has been working hard to magnify the impact of each member organization to reduce pollution by focusing on long-term systemic change, organizing collective legal and advocacy campaigns, coordinating information and resources, and amplifying the voices of our Waterkeepers. Now Waterkeepers have more influence in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays restoration efforts than ever.
Please explore some of what you have helped us achieve with your support and participation!
Passage of Groundbreaking Laws & Policies that Protect Water –
- Eliminated the use of antibiotics in farm animals that are not sick
- Created tax credits for farmers who donate surplus food
Voice for Water Quality –
- Commented on key state and federal policies that affect local water quality
- Watchdogged polluter-facilities that fall under state permits
- Submitted Public Information Act requests based on water quality enforcement concerns
Built Powerful Movements –
- Through our Fair Farms work, we have been able to utilize our relationship with farmers and our consumer base to garnish public support for food systems policies that also improve the health of our waterways. The Fair Farms campaign now has over 37,000 activated consumers and 178 partners!
- Waterkeepers Chesapeake helped launch the Don’t Frack Maryland Coalition in 2015 to push for a long-term moratorium on fracking in Maryland. A two-year moratorium on fracking passed in 2015, and Don’t Frack Maryland continued on and called for a statewide ban. In March 2017, a statewide fracking ban passed, the result of a massive grassroots movement across Maryland, especially in Western Maryland, that demanded the legislature protect their families, livelihoods, and clean water and air from the irreversible damage caused by fracking.
Support to Member Waterkeepers –
- Provided legal and communications support in our fight against the fracked gas Potomac Pipeline
- Intervened in federal action to ensure that Conowingo Dam owner pays fair share of Susquehanna River cleanup efforts
- Held various trainings and presentations on legal and policy advocacy
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