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Defending Maryland's Groundbreaking Polluted Runoff Legislation
In 2012, Clean Water helped pass the Watershed Protection and Restoration Act (HB 987). The law required that Maryland's ten largest jurisdictions pass legislation to generate local funds to clean up and prevent polluted runoff and support federal obligations of the Clean Water Act. We anticipate that opponent's and polluters will again seek to weaken the act in 2015. CWA will work to stop any attempt to amend, delay or repeal the Watershed Protection and Restoration Act and will fight to make sure that those who cause runoff pay the bill for managing it.
The volume of crude oil carried by rail increased 423% between 2011 and 2012 and continued to increase in 2013, surpassing 400,000 rail carloads. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) acknowledged the imminent danger crude-by-rail poses. However, as crude-by-rail traffic has increased, so have accidents, posing significant risks to life, property and the environment. A recent derailment in Lynchburg, VA, spilled and burned an estimated 50,000 gallons of crude, setting the James River on fire, occurred at 23mph[i].
Thank you for helping to defeat Governor Hogan's stormwater funding repeal bill last week. But our work's not done, now we need to stop Senate President Miller's stormwater bill SB 863.
President Miller says he just wants to revise the stormwater management funding law passed in 2012, but his bill will certainly have unintended consequences for clean water. Giving the 10 cities and counties who have already created fair and equitable programs to clean up stormwater pollution the opportunity to shelve their program will not keep the tens of millions of gallons of polluted runoff out of our rivers, streams and the Bay.
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.