Follow Up Steps

Turn the Anacostia EcoJustice Passover boat trip into action by:

1) Supporting the organizations of the speakers (financially and/or by participating in their activities):

2) Promoting the Maryland Bag Fee: (Notice the “plastic bags consumed this year” counter at the top of the page. When I clicked on, it was already up to 109,423,280,915).

3) Collecting plastic newspaper bags for Ayinde to bring to Zambia to have the Chikumbuso school turn them into totes (Can someone volunteer to put a collection box in the lobby?).

4) Participating in our new Green Team with Groundwork Anacostia. Projects will be targeted to college students, teens, seniors and other adults. Details to follow on the list serve.

5) Reading Spring in Washington by Louis Halle.

6) Including the Ecojustice Haggadah Helpers in your seder and by using those helpers to inspire your seder guests to take action.

7) Other followups? Please add them in the comments section below.

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4 Responses to “Follow Up Steps”

  1. Sue Marx March 22, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Kudos to Rabbi Fred, Alissa Stern, Ruth Poulin and Haya Laufer for a wonderful learning experience yesterday on the Anacostia River.

    In addition to the above, our family will be figuring out the purchase of a rain barrel. And Sarah and I came right home and worked in our backyard to ready our garden for planting!

  2. Jerry Kickenson March 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Maryland residents: Write or call your Maryland legislators today. Tell them to vote No on HB 1125, the “Dirty Water Bill,” and all other bills and amendments, that would either delay or weaken the Stormwater Management Act of 2007.

    To contact your legislators, go to the General Assembly’s home page, at:

    http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/ga.html

    For more information, go to Stormwaters Partners Network at
    http://www.stormwaterpartners.org/?cat=4

  3. h2c2 March 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Jim Foster of the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) recommends the following:

    Anacostia: The Death & Life of an American River by AWS Board Member and author Jack Wennersten available at Amazon.com (or through AWS donation).

    Please consider posting learnings from the book.

  4. h2c2 March 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    From: Kathy
    Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 2:24 AM
    Subject: Re: Letters against weakening the Maryland stormwater act Needed NOW

    Here is a link to the Maryland Delegates so you can find your district (lower montgomery is district 18)
    http://mdelect.net/electedofficials/
    And, Here is a letter to pass on and some background.
    Thanks!
    kathy
    Subject: RE: Letters Needed on Bad Stormwater Deal
    Action:
    Write or call your Maryland legislators and Governor O’Malley TODAY. Tell them to vote No on HB 1125, the “Dirty Water Bill,” and all other bills and amendments, that would either delay or weaken the Stormwater Management Act of 2007.

    To contact your legislators, go to the General Assembly’s home page, at:
    http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/ga.html

    The message to state legislators is: Vote No on dirty water bills, including HB 1125, (the “Holmes Bill”), that would delay and/or weaken the Stormwater Management Act of 2007.
    (cc: brian.feldman@house.state.md.us ; richard.madaleno@senate.state.md.us )

    The message to Governor Martin O’Malley is: VETO any dirty water bills, including HB 1125, (the “Holmes Bill”), that would delay and/or weaken the Stormwater Management Act of 2007.
    send letter via on-line form: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/

    Maryland needs clean water. We need to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and other waters, even as the state continues to grow and develop. Three years ago, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the Stormwater Management Act of 2007 – a strong clean water law that requires developers to design sites to retain and reuse rainwater. The Stormwater ManagementAct requires use of green techniques like street trees; green roofs; and permeable pavements to slow down, spread out, and soak in stormwater rather than funneling it into our streams. Now, developers and their allies want to weaken this clean water law, with dirty water amendments that would allow projects to be built using obsolete techniques that will continue to kill our streams.

    Many independent builders are willing to implement such techniques, they just need a level playing field that ALL builders and developers must abide by. Other Developers want to weaken the Stormwater Management Act, so they can continue business as usual – to keep funneling polluted stormwater runoff into our streams and to let the public pick up the tab in the form of erosion, continued dead zones in the Bay; damage to public infrastructure; and future “stormwater retrofit projects.”

    Existing damage from stormwater to Maryland’s streams – erosion damage that is yet unaddressed –has been estimated to cost the public $12 billion in unmet restoration costs. This price tag will continue
    to mount if the dirty water legislation is allowed to weaken the Stormwater Management Act. We MUST NOT let that happen.

    Action:

    Write or call your Maryland legislators today. Tell them to vote No on HB 1125, the “Dirty Water Bill,” and all other bills and amendments, that would either delay or weaken the Stormwater Management Act of 2007.
    To contact your legislators, go to the General Assembly’s home page, at:
    http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/07leg/html/ga.html

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