Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association

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Objectives

CEPA’s objectives are to concentrate on public awareness and education on Bay issues and encourage public activism and involvement in both legislation and enforcement of environmental policy. CEPA publishes a newsletter three times a year and holds an annual public meeting. CEPA also provides educational information and awareness materials.

Accomplishments

Since 1970, CEPA has been involved with many Bay issues, such as nuclear power, the depletion of our aquifers, farm preservation, and ground water contamination. CEPA has worked with a number of government and academic institutions, as well as other environmental organizations. Here are some of our key accomplishments:

AQUIFERS - Maryland's aquifers have been continuously depleted over a period of at least 30 years, and no government agency is actively managing the use of our water resources. The aquifers cover more than one county, and sometimes more than one state, but there is no coordination between the jurisdictions. In 2001, CEPA drafted a proposal to establish a statewide Water Resources Commission to study the depletion of the aquifers and to make recommendations regarding the management of our water resources. As a result, the Water Resources Committee was appointed by the Governor and is pursuing these issues.

PST LANDFILL - At the request of the Harwood Civic Association, CEPA applied for and was awarded a grant from Anne Arundel County for the purpose of monitoring the groundwater in the vicinity of the now closed PST Landfill in Harwood. There is more than the usual concern that toxic material will leach into the groundwater because this landfill was not required to have a liner. The present owner is required to monitor the groundwater for five years, so the grant will initially be used to evaluate the adequacy of their monitoring. After that, CEPA will be responsible for the monitoring, which could last for five or more years. The funds will be used solely for technical support and expenses.

RIVERKEEPER - CEPA supports the area riverkeepers, particularly the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Bob Gallagher, who was approved by the Waterkeeper Alliance in 2005. CEPA has helped to solicit contributions for his organization from the start, and Bob serves as a member of CEPA's Board of Trustees.

STORMWATER - CEPA has worked with other area environmental organizations to establish a stormwater utility fund to pay for the approximately $1 billion required to upgrade existing Anne Arundel County stormwater management infrastructure to a level that would promote restoration of the Bay. This has involved sponsoring a public forum and giving testimony at County Council hearings.

Board of Trustees

In order to achieve the stated objectives CEPA is dependent on membership, funding, and its Board of Trustees. CEPA‘s Board of Trustees consists of 15 members. CEPA’s role in education and public involvement requires experienced, knowledgeable, and committed individuals serving on the Board. Qualifications and experience are considered in the selection and nomination process. Since legal interpretation and opinion is a necessary to achieve our objectives, and since participation in legal action is a possible avenue, the Board normally includes at least one lawyer.

History

CEPA is an outgrowth of a group formed when BG&E proposed a 500-foot right of way for a power transmission line from Calvert Cliffs to Odenton. This line was not designed to national standards for power lines regarding property rights, esthetic design, etc. Many of the issues were resolved by negotiating with BG&E.

In 1970 the organization became CEPA when the trustees became involved with the nuclear power plant to be built at Calvert Cliffs. The cooling system would use bay water, and the amount of the flow of warmed water would exceed that of all but three of the rivers emptying into the bay. Because this plant was under license by the Atomic Energy Commission, some aspects of the design could not be controlled by local authorities. Members of CEPA, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and other environmental groups challenged the “war time” status claimed by the Atomic Energy Commission under which they would not have to satisfy the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). After a legal action and negotiation, many design changes were made in order to meet the requirements of NEPA.

Since then, CEPA has been involved with many other Bay issues, such as the depletion of our aquifers, farm preservation, and ground water contamination.

 

 

CEPA

is an environmental organization of private citizens working to influence environmental policies that affect the Chesapeake Bay.

CEPA

does this through raising public awareness, education, and activism.

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