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Bonnie Bick, Maryland’s Conservationist of the Year, has worked tirelessly- to fight sprawl and to promote smart growth in Charles County.
Southern Maryland Conservationist
CBF named Bonnie Bick of Oxon Hill—a
key figure in the successful campaign to
block construction of the Cross County
Connector highway in Charles County—the
2010 Maryland Conservationist of the Year.
CBF, Bick, and others urged the county to
direct resources to revitalizing existing communities such as Waldorf rather than build
CBF rallies for
Maryland to invest
in Bay pollution diet.
Cambridge: An Environmental Model
Cambridge, Maryland, is getting help from
EPA to become a model environmental community, yet another sign of how far the small
Eastern Shore community has come in
the limits which officials call a “pollution
diet.” This summer, local communities and
various sectors around the watershed also
worked to determine how they could abide
by the diet.
Maryland will need to complete upgrades at
wastewater treatment plants and improve
drainage systems for polluted runoff, which
have been neglected for years. CBF also
believes the state must limit sprawling growth
by restricting the use of septic systems in rural
areas, and by requiring higher treatment standards for wastewater everywhere.
EPA has awarded Cambridge a Sustainable
Communities Building Blocks grant to help
the city update its zoning code to encourage
“smart growth.” City officials already had
decided to reverse policies and favor downtown revitalization over outward sprawl. The
EPA grant will assist that process. Cambridge
was one of 32 communities in 26 states to
receive EPA support.
At an award ceremony in June, Charles
County Commissioner Ken Robinson read a
proclamation from the county commissioners recognizing Bick’s efforts on behalf of the
environment. And Kim Coble, Maryland
Executive Director for CBF, noted Bick’s
considerable energy and effectiveness.
Maryland’s state legislature will hold
a special session this fall, and will
convene its normal annual session from
January to April—the precise time when
the most promising plan to clean the Bay in
decades is being formulated.
In 2006, Cambridge officials sought a massive resort project near the Blackwater
National Wildlife Refuge. CBF commends
the city for its sense of stewardship. CBF also
helped Cambridge develop its new, economic development policies.
uFor more information on how CBF is
working to protect Maryland waters, visit
cbf.org/Maryland or call 410/268-8816.
It’s Time to Cut the Pollution
Invest in the Bay. That will be the rallying
cry over the coming months as CBF and
other environmental groups in Maryland
try to persuade the public and state legislators that upgrading sewage treatment
plants and stormwater systems is well
worth the investment.
The campaign comes at a critical time for the
Bay. This summer’s dead zones (areas of
dangerously low oxygen) may have been the
worst in the Bay since at least 1985, covering 39 percent of Maryland’s portion of the
Bay, according to The Baltimore Sun.
But this is also a time of renewed hope.
EPA set a scientific limit on the amount of
pollution the Bay can handle and still thrive.
All six watershed states last year agreed to
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