Interested in protecting and restoring the environment? Especially, our main water source such as the Chesapeake Bay? Visit the new display in our Maryland State Publications collection on the first floor of the library to learn more!
In 1987, the Maryland Department of the Environment was created to protect and restore the quality of Maryland’s air, water, and land resources, while adopting smart growth, a successful and maintainable environment, and supporting healthy communities throughout the entire state. Everyone plays a role in protecting our environment. Whether it be planting natural vegetation or rain gardens on your own property, volunteering by cleaning up trash along the road in your neighborhood, conserving energy by purchasing more efficient appliances, or driving less to save gas, every little bit counts and everyone can participate in preserving the environment.
According to the Maryland Department of the Environment’s website, federal, state, and local governments and other interested parties have made significant efforts to decrease the amount of pollution accumulating in the Chesapeake Bay. The pollution includes nutrients, in the form of nitrogen and phosphorus, and sediment and is a large part of the damage being caused to the Bay. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with the Bay watershed jurisdictions of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia (DC), developed and established a nutrient and sediment pollution diet for the Bay to guide and assist Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. Although you may not be directly helping to save the Chesapeake Bay, every effort to help save our environment indirectly helps save the Bay.
For more information on the Maryland Department of the Environment or how you can help preserve our environment, please visit the Maryland Department of the Environment’s website!