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Maryland Waterways Want You!

Maryland Waterways Want You!

Speak up for Maryland waterways since they can’t speak up for themselves!

From Blue Water Baltimore:

Watch That WIP!

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will be hosting meetings around the state to take comments on recently filed Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). The MDE is under pressure from all sides to weaken the WIPs, which detail how to reduce the pollution that flows through our waterways and into the Bay.

We have a HUGE opportunity with the comment period coming up, Jan. 15 – Mar. 1. We need volunteers to attend the in-person meetings hosted by MDE and the Agro-Ecology Center and offer comments about how important it is to have strong WIPs. You do NOT need to be an expert– being a concerned citizen who simply shows up and goes on the record is of enormous importance! If you have even an inkling of interest, email Mike Aaron or call 410-254- 1577 x107 (he gets very excited when he gets calls).

To learn more about Blue Water Baltimore, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore Waterways, The New “It Thing”

Baltimore Waterways, The New “It Thing”

Living flotillas, a maxed-out harbor conference and a massive new watershed group are a sign of something brewing (or perhaps purifying) in Baltimore.

With several days still to go before Baltimore’s first healthy harbor conference, the response has been overwhelming and registration for the event is full.  The only hope of attendance now, if you haven’t already signed up, is to add your name to a waiting list for State of the Harbor Conference.

There were signs something was afoot when the Inner Harbor was adorned with floating wetlands this fall and a Mastiff-sized water watchdog was formed from Baltimore’s area watershed groups earlier this month.

In January, Blue Water Baltimore premiered, a merger of Baltimore’s five watershed groups whose headquarters will be housed in the former Herring Run Watershed Center (now the Blue Water Baltimore Watershed Center).

The group describes itself as a community based restoration, education, and advocacy organization working to achieve clean water in Baltimore’s rivers, streams, and harbor.  Through community greening, the Baltimore Waterkeeper program and public policy and legislative advocacy, Blue Water Baltimore has the potential to make great strides towards their goal.

It looks like the next decade is shaping up to be a pretty good one for Baltimore’s waterways.