We knew that coming off of last session’s historic environmental victories like the Watershed Protection & Restoration Act, the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act, and eliminating Arsenic from chicken feed among others, that the 2013 session would be one of defending past success and moving ahead at least gradually towards new success. We fought long and hard to protect those victories and achieve new successes. And, powered by Clean Water Action members, we did.
Thanks to members, staff and allies, Clean Water Action enjoyed three significant victories on the final day of the 2013 legislative session in Annapolis, with exciting action on various fronts in the final hours leading up to midnight, when the legislature adjourns for the year.
With your help we:
Help us pass the Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Act (SB 675 and HB 775). The bill will create a simple, and cost-neutral, centralized online pesticide database in Maryland. Pesticide applicators, as well as sellers of restricted- use pesticides, already maintain this information – these bills simply require them to report that information so public health officials can determine how to protect communities from pesticides. There will be an important vote on this bill today or tomorrow so – Please Call your legislators today!
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. Clean Water Action supported the strongest possible version of this latest agreement, understanding that we would continue fighting for the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as the likeliest means restoring the Bay.