Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Feb 25, 2015
By: Josh Tulkin

Great editorial in the Baltimore Sun support the importance of strong phosphorous regulations. Not the sexiest issue in the world, but damn important.

-Josh

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Date: Feb 23, 2015
By: Seth Bush

We're ready to turn up the heat on Governor Hogan to ensure his administration implements long-awaited health protections from Maryland's dirty coal plants in time for the 2015 asthma season.

Date: Feb 20, 2015
By: Josh Tulkin

Sierra Club's Lobby Night is Monday March 2nd, and we need volunteers from across the state to join this critical event.  There couldn't be a  more important time to be involved, we are literally fighting to defend all of our progress from the last 8 years.  And we need your help.  

In his first month in office, Governor Larry Hogan hasn't wasted any time.  He's threatened to open Maryland to fracking, blocked critical health-protections for Maryland's coal-fired power plants, attacked funding to reduce polluted runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, withdrawn rules to manage chicken manure dumping on the Eastern Shore. 

RSVP TODAY AT WWW.MDLOBBYNIGHT.COM

We'll have everything you need, talking points, an overview of the bills and advice on how to lobby.  Whether you've done this 100 times or you're new, come on out, have some fun, and help us make a difference this year in Annapolis!

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Date: Feb 17, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman
 
District 12 Delegates to the Maryland General Assembly -- Eric Ebersole, Clarence Lam and Terri Hill -- will be hosting two Town Hall forums during the legislative session.
 
Thursday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Kahler Hall, Harpers Choice Village Center, Columbia

 
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Arbutus Library, Arbutus
 
These are great opportunities to meet our representatives in the state government, learn about what they've been doing, and share our opinions on some of the legislation they're working on in Annapolis. 

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Date: Feb 17, 2015
By: Judy Mauriello

Anne Arundel Sierra Club members scored a victory over unchecked development recently, when the City of Annapolis rejected the Crystal Spring developers’ forest conservation plan as inadequate.  The developer-submitted proposal included plans to clear and develop more than 43 acres of protected forest at Crystal Spring Farm.

Sierra Club members played a pivotal role in demonstrating public opposition to unchecked development on the Forest Drive corridor; between 40 and 50 Sierra Club members and concerned citizens attended an Annapolis City Council meeting on February 9 to show their opposition to developers’ current plans. Previously, Anne Arundel Sierra Club members sent a 2,000 signature petition to Mayor Mike Pantelides asking him to prevent the destruction of the 111-acre Crystal Spring Forest.

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Date: Feb 13, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

2/13/2015

The Howard County Sierra Club was represented by Kathleen Sheedy and Meagan Braganca on the Fueling Station Task Force. After months of meetings and research, the Task Force submitted its recommendations to the County Council. 

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Date: Feb 11, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

Support Senate Bill 409 / House Bill 449, "Protect our Health and Communities Act", which calls for an 8-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction in Maryland.

Contact the Environment and Transportation Committee, where the bill is currently being considered. Delegate Robert Flanagan, of Howard County's District 9B, serves on the committee. If you live in his district, make sure he knows you support more research into the environmental and health consequences of fracking, and no permission granted to drill for natural gas until the studies are complete. 

The Environment and Transportation Committee Hearing will take place on March 11 at 1:00 pm.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun The Sierra Club and other environmental groups support the moratorium on fracking: read our position statement. You can also sign the petition circulated by Credo Action.

Then be sure to write or call Delegate Flanagan:
 

Robert L. Flanagan
Republican, District 9B, Howard County
House Office Building, Room 430
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3077, (301) 858-3077
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3077 (toll free)
e-mail: bob.flanagan@house.state.md.us
fax: (410) 841-3349, (301) 858-3349

Prevent Fracking in Maryland!

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Date: Feb 10, 2015
By: Seth Bush

Clean air is a human right, and it’s up to you, me, and our elected officials to ensure that right is upheld.

Currently, 40% of our state’s energy comes from dirty, polluting coal that contributes to Maryland having the worst smog pollution on the East Coast, and increasing generation from fracked gas is not a healthy solution.

That’s why the Maryland Sierra Club and a coalition of allies are working to pass the Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act, which would set a goal for 40% of our energy to come from clean, renewable sources instead by 2025.

And we need your help to fight for clean energy.

Join hundreds of Marylanders for the biggest Clean Energy Lobby Night and Rally of the year in Annapolis on February 23rd.

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Date: Feb 05, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

Join fellow Sierrans on Monday, March 2nd to lobby key General Assembly members to ensure strong environmental legislative victories in 2015! Sign up today!

We need interested volunteers to come to Annapolis on the evening of March 2 to make personal visits to legislators and ask them to vote green on specific bills that will make a difference in Maryland’s environment. Don’t feel you have expertise? No worries! We will supply you with training and fact sheets. But remember –- the most important thing you can contribute is your personal interest in just showing up. Legislators might not care if you are an issue expert, but they do care that you are an interested voter concerned enough to visit them!

Details

  • When: Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Where: Annapolis; meeting room TBD

  • RSVP - www.mdlobbynight.com

  • Questions? Contact: doreen.paster[@]mdsierra.org

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Date: Feb 03, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

Yes, you can garden in the winter -- and avoid mosquitoes, deer ticks, and sunburn! The All-Sensory Garden in the Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park is an ongoing project to clear non-native invasive plants inside the area bounded by the All-Sensory Trail. Native plants will be cultivated in the cleared area as a demonstration project for the public. Volunteers are needed to dig up the invasives and plant the natives -- no experience is necessary.

The next worksession will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from noon to 2:00 pm. Please register online so we have enough tools and plants for everyone, and can tell the Park staff to expect you: volunteers get free admission to the Park. Need more information? Contact joanne.heckman@mdsierra.org.

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