As of Friday, things are looking up for the Chesapeake Bay. Congress has passed a federal spending bill that includes no attacks on the EPA’s landmark Clean Water Rule. This rule will restore federal protections for all of Maryland’s streams, including many that feed the Bay. Due to overwhelming public support, the Clean Water Rule has withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress. Here in Maryland, over 25,000 individuals have voiced support for clean water, including farmers, small business owners, and elected officials.
Thank you, Senator Cardin for representing Marylanders and standing strong against big polluters’ attacks on our clean water. Today, over 10,000 miles of streams in Maryland, and the waterways they feed, are one large step closer to being safe for swimming, fishing, and paddling.
Jessie Mehrhoff is an intern at Environment Maryland