State-wide nonprofit groups that are working on legislative initiatives to statewide environmental problems
Environment Maryland http://www.environmentmaryland.org/
Some good reports that they have authored:
Maryland League of Conservation Voters: http://www.mdlcv.org
A good way to keep up to date with what is happening in Annapolis on environmental issues and ways that you can help. Their priorities for this year’s legislative session can be found at http://www.mdlcv.org/issues
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: http://www.cbf.org
The CBF produces an annual report on the state of the bay. Last year’s report can be found at http://www.cbf.org/Page.aspx?pid=2220
Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN): http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org
This is a regional group that focuses on educating about the dangers of climate change and advocates for legislation to increase energy efficiency, policies to aid green jobs and legislation to mandate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Their director, Mike Tidwell has written The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s most recent documentary film, We Are All Smith Islanders, vividly depicts the dangers of global warming Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.
They have additonal resources for helping people work towards solving the issues:
Simplicity Maters Earth Institute: http://www.simplicity-matters.org/
Is a regional group of NWEI (below). They have been creating a comprehensive data base of local resources, create a monthly calendar of activities of many groups (including advocacy initiates), and have a video lending library. In Howard County, the Howard County Climate Change Initiative partners with this group.
North West Earth Institute: http://www.nwei.org/ The Northwest Earth Institute is a national leader in the development of innovative programs that empower individuals and organizations to protect ecological systems. They offer seven study guides for small groups. Each program encourages participants to explore values, attitudes, and actions through discussion with other people.
The Baltimore Sun:
The Bay and Environment Blog; Tim Wheeler helps to keep readers up to date with local environmental issues, reports and legislation. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bay_environment/blog/
Candus Thomson writes a weekly column “On the Outdoors”. She has a good ear to the ground for DNR politics. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bal-columnist-thomson,0,6050544.columnist?coll=bal-outdoors-storyutil
The Washington Post:
Recent Washington Post articles concerning green news.
The Bay Journal:
You can sign up for a monthly print copy of this newspaper, or read it online at:http://www.bayjournal.com/index.cfm
The State of Chesapeake Forests http://www.na.fs.fed.us/watershed/socf.shtm
This report synthesizes more than a decade's worth of data from public and private sources, highlights current forest conditions, forecasts future trends, and outlines key goals and strategies necessary to conserve and restore the forests of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Center for Watershed Protection: http://www.cwp.org
A national nonprofit, located in Ellicott City, provides practical and technical information for people and communities interested in protecting and restoring urban watersheds.
A central clearinghouse for all things related to forests and watersheds.
Howard County Watersheds and studies on them:
The Major Watershed Map shows the nine major watersheds in the County. (http://www.co.ho.md.us/DPZ/DPZDocs/hoco_major_wtrshds060906.pdf)
Patuxent River Issues: http://www.cleanpatuxent.org/
Look for the Patuxent 20/20 Report which highlights the issues and possible solutions facing the Patuxent River.
Studies that have been done on the Patuxent and Patapsco Watersheds in Howard County:
A partnership with DNR, Md public schools and the community for a community wide approach to help children get involved with nature. It has some great ideas that folks can begin to implement.