Waterkeepers Chesapeake in the News

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WKC Sept 2016 Enews: Challenges of Keeping Our Water Clean

WKC Sept 2016 Enews: Challenges of Keeping Our Water Clean

Dominion Energy’s Coal Ash Pond Pollution In Virginia, both the James and Potomac Rivers are being severely impacted by coal ash pollution. Earlier this summer, the James River Association (JRA) objected to Dominion Energy’s draft permit to dewater coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Chesterfield Power Station on the Lower James River. Lower James Riverkeeper Jamie Brunkow points out in public comments that the permit fails ...
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Do You Know Where Your Fruit’s Been?

Do You Know Where Your Fruit’s Been?

By Betsy Nicholas, July 22, 2016, The Baltimore Sun A plump, juicy peach; an ear of crisp sweet corn; a ruby red tomato just picked from the vine — summer produce abounds on Maryland dining room tables this time of year. Fresh fruits and vegetables are important parts of our diets and an important part of our Maryland heritage. But do you know where your ...
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The dreaded antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' has arrived. Now what?

The dreaded antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ has arrived. Now what?

By Dr. Sara Via and Betsy Nicholas, July 13, 2016, The Frederick News Post The recent discovery in an American patient of a “superbug” resistant to colistin, an antibiotic of last resort, is currently rocking the medical profession. This resistance gene has now been found in several U.S. communities just a few weeks after its discovery at the end of May at Walter Reed Army ...
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Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Maryland stormwater permits upheld, rejecting complaints they’re not tough enough

Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Maryland stormwater permits upheld, rejecting complaints they’re not tough enough

In a unanimous 100-page opinion, the Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed complaints by several environmental groups that stormwater pollution discharge permits issued by the state were not sufficiently stringent and had been drafted without adequate public input. The groups — including Waterkeepers Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation — had gone to court to challenge stormwater permits given by the Maryland Department of the Environment to Baltimore city and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, ...
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Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Riverkeepers sue EPA over delisted rivers

Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Riverkeepers sue EPA over delisted rivers

The removal of the “impaired” designation for the 53 river segments in 17 Maryland counties, including on the Eastern Shore, and Baltimore City effectively gives the rivers the same Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution diet as the main stem of the Chesapeake Bay. “Pollution doesn’t just originate in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay,” Waterkeepers Chesapeake Executive Director Elizabeth Nicholas said. “We have to ...
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