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

It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

This summer, Kenya artists came to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Some of them make their living by turning trash into sculptures, jewelry and igloos.
NPR

If Exercise Is Work, Mindless Snacking May Follow

The idea that sacrificing at the gym entitles us to a reward seems to be embedded in our collective thinking. Researchers set out to test how this affects how we eat after a workout.
NPR

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
NPR

Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Leave a Comment

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