Change in Tree Law Means a Greener Baltimore
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Change in Tree Law Means a Greener Baltimore

On May 1st, Mayor Brandon Scott signed City Council Bill 23-04654 into law to protect trees on recreation and parks property. This was a change Blue Water Baltimore supported, and will help our goal of increasing Baltimore’s tree canopy, improving water quality and combating the urban heat island effect that makes our city hotter than…

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…

BWB and CBF: Court Decision is a Loss For Clean Water
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BWB and CBF: Court Decision is a Loss For Clean Water

MARYLAND STORMWATER PERMITS CONTINUE TO FALL SHORT FOR BALTIMORE COMMUNITIES AND THE BAY’S RESILIENCY AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Yesterday’s decision by the Appellate Court of Maryland affirming Baltimore stormwater permits is a loss for clean water. The court’s response stems from a 2021 lawsuit and petition for judicial review brought by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)…

BWB and CLA File Suit Against Fleischmann’s Vinegar for Violating Clean Water Laws
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BWB and CLA File Suit Against Fleischmann’s Vinegar for Violating Clean Water Laws

BLUE WATER BALTIMORE AND CHESAPEAKE LEGAL ALLIANCE FILE SUIT AGAINST FLEISCHMANN’S VINEGAR FOR VIOLATING CLEAN WATER LAWS Blue Water Baltimore, represented by the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, filed suit todayagainst Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, Inc. and its parent company, Kerry, Inc., for unauthorized discharge of pollutants into the Jones Falls stream, a tributary to the Baltimore Harbor…

BWB and CLA Issue Notice of Intent to Sue
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BWB and CLA Issue Notice of Intent to Sue

BLUE WATER BALTIMORE AND CHESAPEAKE LEGAL ALLIANCE ISSUE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE FLEISCHMANN’S VINEGAR FOR VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL AND STATE CLEAN WATER LAWS Blue Water Baltimore, represented by the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, today issued a Notice of Intent  to bring a lawsuit against Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, Inc. over its continued unauthorized discharge of pollutants…

2020 Water Quality Report Card is Here
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2020 Water Quality Report Card is Here

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, Blue Water Baltimore held our second annual Afternoon With Your Waterkeeper event to release our 2019 water quality data. In response to current global events, we took the event online and held our very first large-scale webinar! Our water quality monitoring program hit…

Action Alert: Speak Out About Sewage Backups
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Action Alert: Speak Out About Sewage Backups

Sewage doesn’t belong in our streets – or our homes. When it rains in Baltimore, millions of gallons of sewage flow into our streams, rivers, Inner Harbor, and even our homes. Sewage backups in homes and buildings are a big problem in Baltimore. Heavy rainfall coupled with the city’s crumbling infrastructure causes toxic sewage to back…

Holding Polluters Accountable: A Look At the Work of Mariel Yarbrough
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Holding Polluters Accountable: A Look At the Work of Mariel Yarbrough

Blue Water Baltimore plays a critical role in identifying pollution in our waterways and taking action to stop it. Thanks to key provisions in the Clean Water Act that give the public the right to directly enforce against polluters, we can hold them accountable and stop pollution at its source. There is no shortage of water pollution…

Baltimore Water Watch: Presenting Our 2018 Water Quality Scores
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Baltimore Water Watch: Presenting Our 2018 Water Quality Scores

How’s the Water, Hon? Blue Water Baltimore is thrilled to announce the launch of our new water quality mapping platform: www.baltimorewaterwatch.org!  We worked with the experts at Chesapeake Commons for our new innovative approach to data visualization.  For the first time ever, we are able share in-depth information about the specific measurements of water health…

Victory! Court Rules in Favor of Blue Water Baltimore and requires EPA to act on Stormwater Pollution
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Victory! Court Rules in Favor of Blue Water Baltimore and requires EPA to act on Stormwater Pollution

A federal district court in Maryland ruled last week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrongfully denied our petition to regulate stormwater runoff from commercial, industrial, and institutional sites in the Back River watershed. Blue Water Baltimore and its allies took this fight against dangerous stormwater discharges to court so that polluters who contribute…