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 […]
This report identifies current statutes, regulations, and policies that protect and affect Chesapeake Bay’s submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and that of its tidal tributaries. By understanding what currently exists, readers may draw comparisons and better understand the different laws, regulations, and policies that affect SAV. Click here for the report. Click here for the SAV […]
CLA created a document that provides suggestions for drafting comments on PA’s Draft Phase III WIP. Click here for drafting tips.
Please join Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and Chesapeake Legal Alliance for an interactive and engaging four-hour workshop on Understanding and Applying the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment* with guest presenters: Franklin Kury — Voice of PA ERA, former Pennsylvania Senator and Representative, and author of “Clean Politics, Clean Streams” Susan Shinkman — Former Director of EPA’s […]
by Ridgway Hall August 3, 2018 The article attached, authored by CLA’s Ridgway Hall, “Strong Headwinds Face Water Quality Trading in the Chesapeake,” posted yesterday on the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) website, provides exclusive information including programs in VA, PA, MD and DC, along with the EPA Technical Memoranda, information on EPA’s policy […]
In this Issue: Victory! Local Groups Win at Turtle Run When Critical Area Law Enforced State Environmental Rights Amendments to Protect the Chesapeake Bay MDE Backs Away from Enforcement of Existing Water Laws New CLA Matters New Legal Developments
- Maryland General Assembly Wins April 19, 2021
- CLA Win: Assisting with Passage of Bills Enhancing the Impact of Bay Restoration Funds HB0507 / SB0119 April 19, 2021
- A Clear Win: Codified Transparency April 19, 2021