Smart growth and water quality

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Watch this video on growth and impacts upon the Chesapeake Bay.  Smart growth really is one answer.

CEDS News Service: an opportunity to address storm water pollution and management

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Are Coops a way to resolve the stormwater BMP maintenance crisis and to allow Watershed Groups to quickly reduce stormwater pollution? Read about this and more by following the CEDS News Service.

FNP: New Partners in County Stream Improvement

New partners in county stream improvement New partners in county stream improvement For The Frederick News-Post | Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:00 am John Smucker recently partnered with the Potomac Conservancy as part of a project to remove a fish barrier, an outmoded dam and control bank erosion in Tuscarora Creek. He planted 55 […]

Stormwater audit exposes the importance of inspectors and clean water enforcement!

 A June 7, 2013 email note from Richard Klein, Community and Environmental Defense Services An October, 2011 Audit of the Severn River watershed revealed that hundreds of stormwater ponds and other practices had failed due to a lack of maintenance.  The Audit then uncovered the cause – a 2001 decision by Anne Arundel County to severely cut-back stormwater staff from seven inspectors to […]

Urban forestry – an important component to protecting the Chesapeake Bay

Urban Forestry: An Increasingly Critical Component of the Landscape Mr. Michael Galvin, SavATree (This text is a summary of Mr. Galvin’s presentation at Hood College Symposium, March 7, 2013) Current decisions are being made at a local, land parcel level.  When only one person cuts down a tree, this doesn’t make a huge difference.  However, […]

New construction site sediment pollution regulations in effect

FoFC received this notice from Community & Environmental Defense Services: Construction site sediment pollution regulations  Protect All Exposed Soils 7 Days After Clearance Among the most important new requirements is that all exposed construction site soils must be protected from erosive forces within seven days of initial clearance.  For most of a site, this means all disturbed […]

Gazette: The costs of doing nothing to clean up the bay

The costs of doing nothing to clean up the bay Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 Katherine Heerbrandt, staff writer Frederick County has led the way in identifying the costs of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, but advocates say the cost of doing nothing may be much more daunting than the pricetag for reducing pollution in […]

Green Economic Development saves money and makes for better living: 2 reports of interest

Across the country, communities are struggling with how to fix and replace failing and outdated infrastructure and meet new demand to manage stormwater and protect clean water. American Rivers worked with the American Society of Landscape Architects, ECONorthwest, and the Water Environment Federation to release the Banking-on-Green report to build on the current understanding of the […]

Citizens organize to work towards clean water

Frederick County has the opportunity to chart a new course and develop a plan that will lead to clean local waterways and a healthy Chesapeake Bay. These plans are needed to create cleaner safer, water in our communities, local jobs for residents, and a more robust economy. Last fall, Frederick County submitted its preliminary reports […]

How limiting pollution encourages job growth, report by CBF

Debunking the “Job Killer” Myth How Pollution Limits Encourage Jobs in the Chesapeake Bay Region EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure, home to a dazzling spectrum of spe- cies and an engine for the region’s economy estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion dollars.1 But pollution continues to cause serious damage […]