Author Archives: Richard Klein

About Richard Klein

President of Community & Environmental Defense Services (

Equitable Solutions: A Better Way To Win Land Use & Environmental Disputes

The Old, Wrong Way Here’s the all too common scenario.  Citizens learn a development project is proposed for their watershed.  It looks like the project may cause harm, but there’s only two weeks before the big hearing.  This leaves little time to understand the … Continue reading

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Why Citizen Oversight Is Crucial To Clean Water Law Enforcement

Since releasing the results of the Greater Baltimore Exposed Soil = Pollution Survey last week, I’ve received a number of messages from folks who do not understand why citizen involvement is essential to achieving a high level of compliance with … Continue reading

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Greater Baltimore Citizen Survey Finds Poor Construction Site Mud Pollution Control

In June and July, 2014, 105 construction sites in the Greater Baltimore region were surveyed for erosion control quality by 33 staff and volunteers from 22 local, statewide or national organizations. We found that up to 89% of disturbed, construction … Continue reading

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Nottingham Ridge: An Example Why Bay Recovery Progresses So Slowly?

NOVEMBER 2014 UPDATE In September Baltimore County finally directed the owner of the Nottingham Ridge site to halt erosion, but is unclear whether this applied to a couple of acres or all 23 acres of exposed soil on the site.  … Continue reading

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Why Your Help Is So Urgently Needed: The 4th Street Rain Garden Saga

After 8 Months It’s Finally Restored The following article was posted last March.  A few weeks ago the 4th Street Rain Garden was finally restored, thanks to the City of Annapolis.  So, one BMP restored; several tens of thousands in … Continue reading

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Challenges of Supporting Agriculture & Reducing Farm Pollution

In the 1970s I had the honor of serving on the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors.  I was the “urban” supervisor.  My four fellow Board members were farm owners.  At first our relationship was strained to say … Continue reading

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MAPP Transmission Line Haunts Landowners & Ratepayers

A few years ago CEDS helped organize a 40-member coalition of local, state and national organizations who had a number of very serious questions about a $1.2 billion, multistate transmission line project known as MAPP (Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway).  This project … Continue reading

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