Maryland Governor Wades Into Septic Tank Battle | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Maryland Governor Wades Into Septic Tank Battle

Play associated audio
Gov. O'Malley in Lake Bonnie, receiving reports on its water quality from members of the State's Department of the Environment.
Matt Bush
Gov. O'Malley in Lake Bonnie, receiving reports on its water quality from members of the State's Department of the Environment.

The town of Goldsboro is near Maryland's border with Delaware, and many of its homes and buildings have septic tanks. Just outside of town, tucked behind the trees, is Lake Bonnie. Fifteen years ago, it was closed to swimmers because of pollution, much of which comes from septic tanks in Goldsboro.

Swimming is still banned today, but that did not stop O'Malley (D) from wading into the lake with members of the state's Department of the Environment as they tested its water quality.

O'Malley is pushing a bill that would ban septic tanks at all new large developments in the state, saying that will slow pollution even as population in Maryland continues to grow.

"We can't assume that Mother Nature is always capable of healing herself, if we load onto her so much more nitrogen load than any natural system can absorb itself," he says.

Opponents feel the plan will lead to a building moratorium, particularly on the Eastern Shore, where septic tanks are common and new housing developments pop up regularly.

O'Malley counters by saying the state's total nitrogen load will increase 36 percent over the next 25 years, at a time when federal regulators have said the state must reduce nitrogen in its environment by 21 percent by 2020.

NPR

'Justified' Creator Aims To Stay True To The Late Writer Elmore Leonard

The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella Fire in the Hole. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."
NPR

Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.
NPR

Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.
NPR

Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.