Blue Water Blog - Legislation

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Blue Water Baltimore’s 2014 Annual Report

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This year’s report is dedicated to the diverse people and institutions we work with to accomplish our mission of clean water and strong communities. We truly value all those who engage with us as partners in our shared vision of…

Blue Water Baltimore Petitions EPA Over Stormwater Pollution

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On September 17, 2015 Blue Water Baltimore, Natural Resources Defense Council, and American Rivers submitted a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to require certain types of private properties to reduce the amount of stormwater…

Sewage Overflows Public Advisory

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On Saturday, June 27 the Baltimore region was drenched with over three inches of rainfall in a matter of hours. Whenever large rainstorms like these hit Baltimore, stormwater runoff leaks into our sanitary sewer system through cracks in aging pipes.…

2015 Legislative Recap

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Heading in to this year’s general assembly session, the environmental community was concerned that our parks, wildlife, open space, and waters might take a backseat to other issues. We elected a governor and many new legislators that campaigned on less…

Help the Watershed Restoration and Protection Legislation

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About the Legislation The Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (HB987), passed in 2012, is the framework within the ten largest jurisdictions in Maryland that works to manage local polluted runoff which is contributed from impervious surfaces. Supporters of the law have…

Ban The Bag In Baltimore?

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On Monday night, Baltimore City Council approved amendments to its bag bill, removing the proposed fee and adopting a ban on plastic shopping bags. While a ban on plastic bags is a step in the right direction for the environment,…

#BmoreBagSmart: Baltimore’s Disposable Bag Bill

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This fall, the Baltimore City Council will be considering a bill that will place a 5-cent fee on disposable plastic and paper bags. Anyone who lives in Baltimore knows that litter is a serious problem. One of the most prominent…