Progress Widespread On Maryland Bay Clean Up | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Progress Widespread On Maryland Bay Clean Up

Play associated audio
Maryland's 23 counties are all over the map when it comes to Chesapeake Bay clean up plans.
Maryland's 23 counties are all over the map when it comes to Chesapeake Bay clean up plans.

Maryland's 23 counties are working on detailed plans to improve water quality, which is due to the Environmental Protection Agency in July. The Choose Clean Water Coalition, a collection of several hundred environmental organizations, reviewed at how the counties are doing.

According to Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, who's with the group, 1000 Friends of Maryland, the progress is very widespread.

"That's absolutely what we would expect from them, they have some pretty aggressive clean water permitting already in place," says Bevan-Dangel.

Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County also got high marks, but Prince George's County got a medium score because, according to Bevan-Dangel, the county's science and methodology aren't strong.

The coalition says nine counties including Frederick County submitted the worst plans, which the coalition called skeletal and unclear. But plans to improve water quality are one thing, while making them a reality is another.

"Anne Arundel County also submitted a strong plan, but while they were developing the plan, they also had an opportunity to take action and they didn't," she says.

That is because the cost of the county's restoration plan is in the billions of dollars -- a problem that remains to be solved statewide.

NPR

Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.
NPR

Elephant On The Menu? It's Not Just A Birthday Dish For Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwean ruler reportedly served pachyderm at his 91st birthday party. Does anyone else do that? Turns out, yes.
NPR

Clinton's Portrait Has Hint Of Lewinsky's Blue Dress, Artist Says

Nelson Shanks tells the Philadelphia Daily News a shadow on the left side of the painting represents not only the infamous dress, but also "a shadow on the office he held, or on" President Clinton.
NPR

Tinder's Premium Dating App Will Cost You More If You're Older

Tinder launches a new version with added features, including the ability to have another look at a potential match you swiped away. But there's a catch: Your age will determine how much you pay.

Leave a Comment

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