Promote environmental justice
Environmental justice ensures that no group of people bears a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies.
In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, environmental justice means:
- reducing/filtering stormwater to provide safe access to swimming and recreational opportunities
- strengthening policies and regulations to prevent pollution from toxic waste
- increasing opportunities for engaging low-income, minority communities
- monitoring the impacts of climate change to ensure low-income residents have opportunities to adapt/evacuate
- being a watchdog for nutrient trading programs to ensure “hot spots” do not impact EJ communities
- working to protect subsistence fishermen by lifting fish advisories through improved water quality
By addressing environmental justice, the Coalition stands to develop long-term relationships, address new sources of water pollution in the region, and create synergistic effects through application of EJ to other policy priorities.