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News From The Frontlines
Following are summaries of projects folks have recently contacted CEDS about.
Northeast, PA organizations are seeking to protect 25,000 acres of forest, which includes a nationally renown hiking trail, from gas drilling impacts.
Odenton, MD historic preservation advocates have appealed a decision by the County to approve a housing project despite significant unresolved impacts.
Smith Mountain Lake, VA residents are struggling to halt sedimentation robbing them of open water in front of their homes.
Moyock, NC residents are concerned about flooding and other impacts from a residential development project proposed for the Outer Banks.
New Haven, MI residents are threatened by a proposed municipal waste landfill.
Buckeye, AZ residents are concerned about the impact of annexation on desert mountains and farmland.
Columbia, MD: Giant Food was denied a conditional use permit to add a gasoline bar in one of their existing shopping centers in Howard County. Their proposal was defeated due to a number of pedestrian and vehicular safety issues.
Tennesseans Against Forced Annexation is seeking to change laws in their state to provide citizens with the right to protect their quality of life from the impact of poorly conceived annexations.
Highmount, NY residents are concerned about a golf course and resort proposed for a steep mountainside in the Catskills.
Author Archives: Richard Klein
The stormwater runoff from suburban-urban lands degrades 13% of the 100,000 miles of waterways making up the Chesapeake Bay system. This figure could be growing by another 400 miles annually due to new development. However, all six Bay watershed states and the … Continue reading
This month marks the 100th anniversary since the first modern gas station opened in the USA. Today there’s nearly 153,000 stations nationwide, but they’re closing at the alarming rate of 2500 per year! A substantial number of the closures are due … Continue reading
An amazing 82% of watershed groups have engaged in at least one activity to halt pollution affecting their waterway and the Bay. More than half the time they succeeded in reducing pollution inputs. These are two of the principle findings from … Continue reading
In late 2010, Community & Environmental Defense Services (CEDS) conducted a survey of local stormwater review officials to learn how well Environmental Site Design (ESD) was working and how it could be improved. We just repeated the survey with some … Continue reading
Environmental Site Design (ESD) offers the possibility of gaining the benefits of growth with little or no aquatic resource impact. However, since ESD was adopted in Maryland in 2007 there appears to have been minimal oversight to ensure full compliance. Therefore, … Continue reading
Exposed soil on a construction site usually means two things. First, a nearby waterway will be polluted come the next big storm. Second, you’re likely witnessing a violation of erosion and sediment control laws. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of … Continue reading
In 2001, the Anne Arundel County (MD) stormwater inspection staff was inexplicably reduced from seven to one. As a result of a dramatic decline in inspections and maintenance, half of the County’s 11,000+ stormwater ponds and other Best Management Practices failed … Continue reading