septic systems

A dye test is used to track the water coming off a septic system. Important information can be determined by a dye test - like how quickly wastewater is flowing through a system or which system is flowing here.

Septic Legislation in 2019

March 14, 2019

Septic systems are a decentralized way to treat human waste. In most cases, an individual home has its own septic system and drain field.

The Severn River at sunrise

One month left! Are your legislators supporting clean water?

March 7, 2017

This has been an action-packed month and a half in Annapolis. Crossover is now looming, when all bills have to clear one of the sides of our General Assembly and move over to the other body. Here is the status of our legislative priorities:

Stream, image from the surface of the water. Photo credit: Olesya Mishkina / Shutterstock

Working for a Septic System Solution

February 3, 2017

On Tuesday, January 31st, we had our first bill hearing for SB 266 - reinstating the requirement for Best Available Technology for all new septic systems in Maryland. This fall, Governor Hogan overturned the previous regulation that required that new septic systems treat their nitrogen pollution. Old systems do nothing to prevent the nitrogen from our waste from reaching our water. The new technology reduces nitrogen by 60%.