Three decades after the Clean Water Act, American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination. In Poisoned Waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith reveals that some of today’s greatest pollution threats stem from urban sprawl and overdevelopment, as new housing and commercial developments create more impervious surfaces and send contaminated stormwater into rivers and bays, polluting local drinking-water supplies.
Poisoned Waters highlights several cases in which grassroots citizen’s groups succeeded in effecting environmental change. Reversing decades of pollution and preventing the irreversible annihilation of the nation’s waterways, however, will require a seismic shift in the way Americans live their lives and use natural resources, experts say.
Discussion will focus on how citizens can respond to the problem of stormwater pollution in Prince George’s County, and positively impact clean water regulation as the County Council develops its Clean Water Plan, which includes as a central aspect stormwater management. Claudia Friedetzky,Conservation Representative for the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club will lead the discussion. Contact for information.
Co-sponsored by The Greenbelt Watershed Groups, CCRIC, BCWWG, FOSCr, and the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club.