A true democracy relies on equal application of the law and the fair administration of justice. Systemic racism in this country, however, results in the inconsistent and unjust application of our nation’s laws to Black and Brown people. In the aftermath of the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Monika Diamond, and […]
Click here for CLA’s May 2020 edition of the BAY BRIEF newsletter. In this Issue: Recent CLA blog posts An upcoming webinar announcement Meet the CLA summer interns Publications by CLA Board members.
What does the Maui case mean for the Chesapeake Bay? By: Evan Isaacson & Angela Haren On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved an important Clean Water Act issue that has divided lower courts. The 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA or Act) protects our nation’s surface waters from direct discharges of pollution. The […]
public participation (n.) – any decision-making process that directly engages the public and gives full consideration to public input. According to EPA’s Public Participation Guide, public participation “consists of a series of activities and actions by a sponsor agency over the full lifespan of a project to both inform the public and obtain input from […]
On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, CLA recognizes the people who create meaningful change. The founders of Earth Day are among these change-makers. In 1970, two politicians from opposing political parties, together with a community organizer, launched the first Earth Day and ignited a global movement to save our planet. The first Earth Day brought together 20 million […]
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, on March 25, 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This new law is intended to help small businesses, including nonprofits, weather the economic downturn caused by this pandemic by providing for streamlined access to grants and low-interest loans, as well as […]
[UPDATED 04/02/20] Q&A: EPA suspends environmental safeguards due to COVID-19. What does this mean for the Bay?
(Last Updated April 2, 2020, 7:00pm; updated text in red) On March 26, 2020, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) released a memo entitled “COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.” This memo states that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, EPA will […]
We at the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, like so many Americans who want safe water and care about protecting valuable habitat, are deeply concerned by the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule released this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Far from being protective, this Rule eliminates federal Clean Water Act protections for countless miles […]
Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA) and the Environmental Center (EAC) are coming together to defend, protect, and restore one of our nation’s greatest natural resources and cultural treasures—the Chesapeake Bay.
Click here for CLA’s October 2019 edition of our BAY BRIEF newsletter. In this Issue: From the desk of Hannah Brubach… Comments for Change: Which WOTUS is covered under CWA? Permit DENIED Shout Out! Congrats to EIP for halting toxic pollution flow into the Susquehanna River! Small Enhancements toward BIG Impact Announcements around the Chesapeake Bay […]