AWS Action Alert: Let’s Make Tackling Stormwater a Priority this Year!

The 2011 General Assembly Session has begun in Maryland, and the environmental community has chosen its priorities for the year.  Among the top priorities is creating a state requirement that local governments develop a revenue source to repair the billions of dollars in damage that have occurred to our streams, creeks, and rivers as a result of uncontrolled stormwater runoff.  This has been one of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s top goals for the past several years.

To demonstrate support for cleaning up our rivers, please contact Speaker of the House, Michael Busch (1-800-492-7122, ext. 3800, or michael.busch@house.state.md.us) and tell him that addressing our stormwater backlog now, in 2011, is a priority for you, and that we can’t afford to wait another year to study the problem, and leave another $100 million uncollected for stormwater restoration projects.  A recent poll of Marylanders found that over 70% would support paying a few dollars a month to help clean up their local streams, creeks, and rivers, while at the same time creating well-paying “green” jobs in design, engineering, and construction.  I suspect you’re among that 70%.  But, legislators have many other things weighing on their mind this year, and tackling stormwater isn’t likely to happen without your call.  Thanks for your support!

Waste in our Waterways Panel Postponed until Thursday, February 10

Please join a distinguished panel for a discussion of trash in our waterways, and hear about the success of Washington, DC in enacting a small fee on disposable bags.  After finding that a significant percentage of the trash floating in the Anacostia River was plastic bags, the Council of the District of Columbia took decisive action to limit the source of that pollution.

Thursday, February 10, 11:30am – 2:00pm
House Office Building, Room 142
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD

At the conclusion of a Q & A session with our distinguished panel, supporters will be sticking around to view Oceans of Plastic, a film about the mounting danger of single use plastics in our waterways and oceans.

The Panel will feature:

MD Delegate Al Carr (District 18)
The lead sponsor of the Bag Bill in the MD House of Representatives

DC Council Member Tommy Wells (Ward 6)
The lead proponent of the successful DC Bag Bill

Chestertown Mayor Margo Bailey
A community leader working to ban plastic bags in her municipality to protect the Chester River

Andrew Harris
A researcher from MD who is developing an ocean sampler to measure the concentration
of plastic particles in the North Pacific Trash Gyre

The Panel will be facilitated by Brent Bolin
The Director of Advocacy for The Anacostia Watershed Society

For more information please visit: www.TrashFreeMaryland.org

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