Help AWS Get Bag Bill Cosponsors in the House of Delegates

Passing a Maryland bag bill, modeled on the highly successful DC bag bill, is one of the Anacostia Watershed Society's top legislative priorities this year.  Delegate Al Carr, from our Anacostia delegation, is leading the bag bill charge for another year.  So far about half of the Anacostia River's House delegation has signed on to cosponsor, but AWS would like to see that number at 100% when Delegate Carr submits the bill this week.

Ask your Delegates to cosponsor the bag bill!

Please reach out to your Delegates, wherever you live in Maryland, and ask them to cosponsor the Clean the Streams and Beautify the Bay(s) Act of 2011!  Tell them that trash free waterways are important to you, to our quality of life, and to the health of Chesapeake Bay.  Here is a great local take on why the bag bill is important to our creeks.  This is not just an urban issue, or an Anacostia issue; trash is a statewide problem!

Find and e-mail your Delegates:
House of Delegates by name
House of Delegates by district

Or just use this Action Alert

Reminder: Bag Bill Panel this Thursday!

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.

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Location: 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

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