The goal of the Maryland Beyond Coal Campaign is to establish an environment in MD in which all Marylanders can breathe healthy air and drink clean water, by moving our state away from dirty fossil fuels while simultaneously encouraging our state to reduce energy waste and move towards renewable energy like offshore wind and solar.
Only 20 miles south of Washington DC, Mattawoman Creek is the last best remnant of what the Chesapeake Bay rivers were like when the bay was healthy and productive. This river teems with a wonderful diversity of plants and animals including eagles, herons, beavers, otters, bass and migratory fish, and American lotus. Unfortunately, it was listed as the fourth most endangered river on the American Rivers' Most Endangered Waterways list in 2009.
Many rivers and streams in Maryland are polluted. This pollution can lead to fish kills, decline in important critters and plants, and destruction of the riverbed. As the pollution grows worse, the river becomes unsafe for swimming, fishing and boating. Our rivers carry polluted water into the Chesapeake Bay, where it causes large areas devoid of life. These areas are called dead zones and they significantly reduce fish and crab yields.
The winds of change brought some great progress to Maryland. Earlier this year the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 passed through both houses of the legislature, and was signed into law by Governor O'Malley on April 8th, 2013. This is a huge victory, locally and nationally.