Protect the Chesapeake Bay from Polluted Runoff

Water flowing off of our streets, parking lots, and building rooftops picks up all kinds of “crap”—like trash, pet waste, sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, and motor oil.

As additional houses, roads, and shopping centers are built, more of this pollution is funneled through gutters and storm drains. This pollutes the rivers and streams that feed the Chesapeake Bay and causes flooding, underwater dead zones, beach closures and fish consumption advisories.

It’s high time we make investments to address urban and suburban polluted runoff, the only major source of pollution still on the rise. But astonishingly, the Maryland legislature is already considering changing the law it passed just two years ago that would clean up the polluted runoff which is killing our local waters and the Bay.

If you like crab cakes, not “crap” cakes, urge your state legislators to cut the “crap” and protect your crab cakes!
Dear [Decision Makers] and Senate President Mike Miller,

I am writing to urge you to cut the "crap." Protect Maryland crab cakes and the Bay!

From beach closures to fish consumption advisories, it has become increasingly apparent that the pollution funneling toward our creeks, rivers, and the Bay is causing a range of problems. Making investments to address urban and suburban polluted runoff, the only major source of Bay pollution still growing, is a necessity that will provide real benefits both in our communities and on our plates.

I realize that these solutions come with a cost, but it is worth it. It is essential that we implement projects as soon as possible to capture and treat polluted runoff in our communities.

If you’re like me and prefer eating crab cakes, not “crap” cakes, you’ll do everything you can to stop trash, pet waste, and the other forms of pollution flowing toward the Bay from ending up in our water and on our plates.

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Please cut the "crap" and stay the course toward reducing urban and suburban polluted runoff. Keep the dedicated, local fees in place.

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