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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
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
Please take a moment to sign the Exposed Soil = Pollution petition. 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 … 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
If you’ve been depending upon stormwater management, sediment control or other protection measures to preserve your favorite waters from development impacts, then you’re likely in for disappointment. While these measures definitely provide benefits, they are insufficient to protect sensitive waters from damage. … Continue reading
Because most of us live in suburban-urban areas, the waters nearest our homes are also mostly unfit for our use (see Kid-Safe Waters article below). Federal law requires that many cities, towns and intensely developed counties obtain a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer … Continue reading
Four out of five Americans live in urban areas which means most of our neighborhood waters are probably unsafe for our children. The threat to safety comes from the disease-causing organisms washed into these waters with each storm and other sources, such … Continue reading
Closed gas stations, like that pictured above, are far too common. The recent advent of “hypermarts” with a dozen or more pumps and large stores has accelerated the decline of small, independently owned gas stations. While certainly convenient, the cheap … Continue reading
Throughout the nation there are 305,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines, with thousands of more miles proposed. Those living near one of these projects can face an unimaginable threat and a great deal of frustration in achieving a reasonable solution. … Continue reading