Waterkeepers Chesapeake in the News

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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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Waterkeepers Oppose Permits Allowing Discharge of Coal Ash Waste into Potomac & James Rivers

Waterkeepers Oppose Permits Allowing Discharge of Coal Ash Waste into Potomac & James Rivers

Send a letter to Virginia’s Attorney General asking for the revocation of Dominion’s Possum Point coal ash permit and an EPA investigation into the May 2015 27.5 million gallon secret discharge into Quantico Creek. (3/14/2016 update) WAMU88.5FM News breaks a story on the relationship between DEQ and Dominion: “Activists are concerned about the coziness they say exists between Dominion and Virginia’s environmental regulators. Public documents obtained by WAMU ...
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LTE: Conowingo Dam Needs Better Fish Ladder

LTE: Conowingo Dam Needs Better Fish Ladder

According to its mission statement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service exists to “conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.” I am grateful to this federal agency for pushing Exelon Corporation to make significant improvements to the Conowingo Dam to facilitate fish-passage. (“Conowingo Dam fish-lift overhaul urged to restore Susquehanna’s shad, eels,” Aug ...
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