Press Statement on Challenge to Court Decision Limiting Public Access to Government Pollution Records

(Annapolis, MD) – Today the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) announced that it has filed a petition in the Maryland Court of Appeals on behalf of several Maryland Waterkeeper groups*, challenging the  May 2, 2013 Court of Special Appeals ruling that permanently prevents public access to agricultural pollution control information. In announcing the petition, EIP released the following statement made by its clients:  

Press Release: Clean Water Victory Opens Courtroom Doors in Maryland after Four-Year Battle Citizens demand full enforcement of Clean Water Act

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled earlier this week that a coalition of local and national river advocacy groups have standing to challenge a major stormwater pollution permit in court.

At issue is a state-issued pollution discharge permit for Montgomery County’s 499-square mile stormwater system. Clean water groups contend the permit allows ongoing harm to water quality and human health due to excessive discharges of pollutants and trash into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers watersheds.

Guardian of the Potomac Ed Merrifield Retires

Ed Merrifield © The Washington PostSome keepers are scientists who contract with government agencies to study water, often under a baking sun.

River Watch Newsletter, November 2012

New Riverkeeper, New Pollution Reporting App, & a Farewell Letter from Ed Merrifield

Download the PDF here!

Clean Water Act - 40 Years Later

"Bipartisan bickering and partisan agendas threaten to return us to those sad times when we were destroying our natural resources," said Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), who was first elected to the House in 1955 and is the longest-serving current member of Congress.

Waterkeepers paddle for 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Paddlers on the PotomacWaterkeepers from around the country joined over a hundred paddlers on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. to rally for clean water this past Saturday.

Waterkeepers: Both urban and agricultural pollution are a problem

12:00 p.m. EDT, June 18, 2012

Bill Satterfield, in his June 11 letter to the editor ("Urban waste, not chicken manure, is the bay's biggest threat") was right when he said "everyone has a role in protecting the Chesapeake Bay." What he forgot is that "everyone" includes both the agricultural and urban sectors.

Waterkeepers Call for Action to Safeguard Our Fisheries – and Our Health

The big vote is TODAY at 12:30 pm EDT. Please act now!!

On Thursday, June 21, Waterkeepers from around the U.S. are working together to promote access to clean, fishable waters globally and to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act that provides safeguards to U.S. drinking water.

Press Release: Local Riverkeepers react against Maryland's reclassification of impaired local waterways

Chesapeake WATERKEEPER® ALLIANCE programs react strongly to Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) use of the Chesapeake Bay (CB) Model in a widespread, proposed reclassification of 139 water segments in 49 watersheds currently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 303(d) Impaired Waterways List.

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