In 2019 we again join the effort for a statewide ban on EPS foam for food use. Our testimony this year is the same as in 2018, except for the addition of Annapolis and Baltimore to jurisdictions that have banned foam. House and Senate testimony is linked below.
The County Executive's proposal for the Montgomery County CIP for FY19 and beyond cut back the county's stormwater management program by more than 70% and changed the procurement process to a design-build-maintain model. This would leave huge stranded costs, as many abandoned projects were already partially designed. NNWB joined the Stormwater Partners in protesting these cuts.
In the 2018 Maryland General Assembly, we supported a ban on use and sale of expanded polystyrene (foam) food service products and a ban on use of state funds for synthetic playground and athletic field surfaces. See testimonies at buttons below. House and Senate testimonies are almost identical but for the bills numbers, committees, and lead sponsors.
In earlier years we strongly supported saving Ten Mile Creek and applying a fee to carryout bags in Montgomery County to reduce plastic litter on our streets and in our streams. We criticized a poorly done "study" of synthetic turf and supported a cosmetic pesticide ban and a Montgomery County expanded polystyrene ban. See letters and testimonies at buttons below.