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Chesapeake Currents - Summer 2015

Chesapeake Currents
summer 2015 edition

2015 Maryland Legislative Update

Years of clean water victories came under siege in Maryland’s 2015 legislature. Clean Water Action responded with ramped up efforts to educate sixty-eight new legislators and the new Governor, Larry Hogan, about the importance of preserving the state’s legacy of landmark protections for water resources and healthy communities. Read more


DC Water Proposes Innovative Pollution Solution

A new proposed “green infrastructure” initiative could save energy and beautify neighborhoods while reducing pollution coming from sewer pipes in the District of Columbia. DC Water, the regional water and sewer authority that provides drinking water to DC residents and manages wastewater for the Washington metropolitan region, hopes to modify a legal settlement aimed at fixing sewage pollution in Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.

DC Bids Polystyrene Foam Good-Bye!


On July 14th Washington, DC became the first major city on the East Coast to ban polystyrene foam food containers! Clean Water Action has been campaigning around this issue for months and thanks its many supporters who wrote letters in support of the ban to City Council members.  These harmful petroleum-based containers are non-biodegradable and account for up to a fourth of the trash polluting the Anacostia River.  Banning polystyrene is huge victory for the District and is an essential step in cleaning up the city’s rivers, wetlands and streams.  

D.C. Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Containers

Washington, D.C - Yesterday, July 14th 2014, the D.C Council voted unanimously to pass the ban on polystyrene foam food containers, as a part of the D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013. The ban will cover carryout food containers at grocery stores, restaurants and take out locations. This includes items like clamshells, cups, plates, etc. and will take effect January, 2016. In 2017, all disposable food ware will have to be recyclable or compostable.

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DC Stormwater

stormwater.jpga national leader on stormwater?
Late in 2011 the District of Columbia and Environmental Protection Agency representatives proclaimed the release of a new stormwater management permit that could significantly reduce the pollution flowing from storm drains into the creeks and rivers of the nation’s capital. The new permit calls for retaining the first 1.2 inches of rainfall on properties in the District. When enforced, this new standard will reduce the poison runoff that flows from streets, parking lots and other paved surfaces. The permit provides incentives for solutions and environmental design standards that help capture rain water, such as trees, rain gardens and other landscape that soaks in water.

D.C. Strikes Deal for Benning Road Power Plant Cleanup

cleaning the anacostia

biglips.jpgThe Anacostia is one of the ten most polluted rivers in the nation. For too long we have accepted that a polluted Anacostia has to be a reality for the District. However, under pressure from the EPA, the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is finally dealing with the six most toxic sites along the Anacostia, one of which is Pepco's Benning Road power plant. On February 2, 2011, DDOE announced that it had reached a "consent decree" with Pepco that it believes will address the legacy of pollution at Benning Road (to learn more click here). The proposal is promising, as there have been six documented releases of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the site over the years. PCBS are known cuase developmental problems and are carcinogenic in humans and wildlife, for example two-third of all brown bull-head catfish (pictured above) in the Anacostia have tumors. 

Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake

In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay.  The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010.  That deadline will not be met.

Chesapeake Currents - Fall 2015

Chesapeake Currents
fall 2015 edition

Virginia: 2015 Endorsements

Clean Water Action members know how important water is to our economy, health and quality of life in the Commonwealth. This election is critical. Be a Clean Water Voter on November 3.  Find your polling location here. Check out the below candidates. Then go vote!

You’re not just deciding who your next State Senator and Delegate will be. On Election Day, you will make important decisions about Virginia’s future and the progress cleaning up our rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Voters like you will make the difference in all those races. Make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 3 — and make sure your friends and family join you — we need to turn out as many clean water voters as possible. Read more


We All Live Downstream

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains to a particular river, lake, bay, or other body of water. We all live in a watershed: some are large like the Chesapeake Bay, while others are small like your local stream or valley.

The Chesapeake Bay watershed stretches more than 64,000 square miles, and covers parts of Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. Within the watershed, there are more than 100,000 streams and rivers called tributaries or sub-watersheds that eventually flow into the Bay.

Smart on Pesticides

Pesticides used in Maryland’s crops and food has continually increased over the past years, and the use of more harmful and toxic pesticides has become frequently common.
Maryland lacks a comprehensive tracking system for citizens to know more about the impacts of pesticides on their health. Scientists and public health officials don’t have the information they need to study effects, track patterns, or make recommendations to better the health of people.

A growing body of research shows pesticides pose a serious health risk to our children, the Chesapeake Bay, local waterways, and Maryland’s honeybee populations.

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