Waterkeepers Chesapeake in the News

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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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Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Removal of waterways from federal pollution rules may violate Clean Water Act

Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Removal of waterways from federal pollution rules may violate Clean Water Act

Six area waterkeeping organizations allege the EPA violated the Clean Water Act when officials excused 53 river segments — some in Anne Arundel County — from “total maximum daily load” requirements in 2012, according to the lawsuit filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C. “Pollution doesn’t just originate in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Elizabeth Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, in ...
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Waterkeepers Chesapeake: State legislation targets chicken litter cleanup

Waterkeepers Chesapeake: State legislation targets chicken litter cleanup

All that feces being produced saturates the Eastern Shore with phosphorus and nitrogen, said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of the organization Waterkeepers Chesapeake. “A little bit of chicken manure can be great. You can use it as a fertilizer,” she said. “But when you have too much, it runs off into our waterways, causing excess pollution.” Nicholas said the pollution can kill fish, create algae blooms, ...
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Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Sound Bites - Maryland Legislators Debate Poultry Litter & Farmer’s Rights | What Are Food Policy Councils?

Waterkeepers Chesapeake: Sound Bites – Maryland Legislators Debate Poultry Litter & Farmer’s Rights | What Are Food Policy Councils?

On Sound Bites, our series about our food and our world, our first group of guests reflects upon two agricultural issues before the Maryland General Assembly: The Poultry Litter Management Act and the Farmer’s Rights Act. With: Betsy Nicholas, Co-chair of Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition and Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake. LISTEN TO THE SHOW: The Marc Steiner Show, WEAA 88.9FM, January 21, 2016 ...
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