BWB and CLA announce Settlement in Jones Falls Vinegar Co. Case
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BWB and CLA announce Settlement in Jones Falls Vinegar Co. Case

Baltimore, MD – Blue Water Baltimore, along with its attorneys at Chesapeake Legal Alliance and Saul Ewing, LLP announce today a settlement agreement with Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company for alleged pollution violations into the Jones Falls, a local waterway in Baltimore which drains to the Inner Harbor.  The agreement comes after Blue Water Baltimore filed a…

Environmental Groups Announce Landmark Agreement to Resolve Wastewater Treatment Plant Violations
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Environmental Groups Announce Landmark Agreement to Resolve Wastewater Treatment Plant Violations

Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant (Google Earth) Baltimore, MD – Blue Water Baltimore and its attorneys at the Chesapeake Legal Alliance announce today an agreement with Maryland Department of Environment and Baltimore City to address pollution violations at the state’s two largest Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs).  Working cooperatively with the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE),…

BWB Files Lawsuit Over Industrial Stormwater Permits
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BWB Files Lawsuit Over Industrial Stormwater Permits

On Monday, Blue Water Baltimore, the Gunpowder Riverkeeper, and our attorneys at the Chesapeake Legal Alliance filed suit against the state of Maryland to fix major flaws in the industrial stormwater runoff permitting process. We are joined in this effort by Potomac Riverkeeper Network and Waterkeepers Chesapeake, represented by the Environmental Integrity Project, and Chesapeake…

Press Release: Blue Water Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Appeal Stormwater Permit Decision
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Press Release: Blue Water Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Appeal Stormwater Permit Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2022 Contact:Chris LandersBlue Water Baltimore(410) [email protected] AJ MetcalfMaryland Media and Communications Coordinator, Chesapeake Bay [email protected] BLUE WATER BALTIMORE, CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION TO APPEAL CIRCUIT COURT STORMWATER PERMIT DECISION BALTIMORE, MD—Last month, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City denied a petition from Blue Water Baltimore (BWB), the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF),…

What’s Happening at Baltimore’s Wastewater Plants?

What’s Happening at Baltimore’s Wastewater Plants?

Photo: Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant via Google Earth On Monday, Blue Water Baltimore, represented by pro bono attorneys at the Chesapeake Legal Alliance and the firm Barley Snyder, filed a motion in our federal Clean Water Act lawsuit against the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore over conditions at the Back River and Patapsco…

Press Release: BWB Seeks Immediate Injunctive Relief at Maryland’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Plants

For Immediate Release: Jun 13, 2022 Blue Water Baltimore Seeks Immediate Injunctive Relief at Maryland’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Plants Baltimore, MD–Blue Water Baltimore, represented by attorneys at the Chesapeake Legal Alliance and Barley Snyder, filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland to require Baltimore City to act…

A Year in Review: 2021 Water Wins 
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A Year in Review: 2021 Water Wins 

It’s been a whirlwind of a year on all fronts, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve navigated through many challenges, welcomed new staff members to our BWB family, and we’re working every day to hold polluters accountable. So, what has your Baltimore Waterkeeper team been up to?   Growing our Team of Water Protectors  Our…

Dirt Mountain: How One Resident Stopped Polluters in Their Tracks
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Dirt Mountain: How One Resident Stopped Polluters in Their Tracks

For the past 12 years, Chris Schulze has lived in the Gwynns Falls watershed one block away from the Maiden Choice Run, a critical waterway. This waterway runs along Southwest Baltimore, feeding into the Gwynns Falls stream. Along the way it passes Chris’ neighborhood, creating a small pocket of wildlife in an otherwise bustling part…

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The Power of One: How One Concerned Citizen Brought the Jones Falls Fish Kill to Light

On a Sunday morning in September, Todd Evans was taking his dog Rue on a walk along the Jones Falls Bike Trail near the Woodberry Woods. As Rue sniffed around the trails’ edge, something caught his eye in the water below. A thick layer of foam had developed on the rapids and the air stank…

TRANSFORMING A 3000 ACRE STEELMAKING COMPLEX FROM HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE TO A RESTORATION SUCCESS
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TRANSFORMING A 3000 ACRE STEELMAKING COMPLEX FROM HAZARDOUS WASTE SITE TO A RESTORATION SUCCESS

Reprinted with the permission of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL)  In 1959 Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point facility, located on the Patapsco River near the mouth of Baltimore Harbor, was the biggest steelmaking facility in the world. With close to 40,000 employees, Sparrows Point over many decades produced the steel that built bridges, buildings…