It Takes All of Us to Make Environmental Policy Practical

On the evening of June 20, our Environmental Policy Manager, Marisa Olszewski, spoke to members of the Severn River Association as part of their John Wright Speaker Series. The Severn River Association (SRA) is the oldest river conservation organization in Maryland, with its founding dating back to 1911. In addition, SRA is an organizational member of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, for which Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund currently serves as the State Lead, with Olszewski filling this role.

Her presentation, entitled “Environmental Policy and Practice in Maryland” included a summary of some of the important pieces of environmental policy legislation that were before the Maryland General Assembly during the 2023 Legislative Session. She reviewed some of the bills especially likely to have an effect on water quality in Maryland, including the Forest Preservation and Retention bill, the Maryland the Beautiful Act, and Sediment Control Plans.

The presentation then transitioned to “practice” and what one can do at home and in their communities to benefit clean air, water and a resilient climate. Including the question and answer session at the end, the presentation lasted just over an hour.

The full recording can be viewed on the Severn River Association’s website: LINK