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Pledge to Speak Up for Your Right to Clean Water in Frederick County, MD!

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Will you take the pledge to stand up for healthy waterways and safe drinking water supplies in Frederick County?

As residents of Frederick County, we cannot stand idly by as the rolling hills, the pastoral farm lands, and our treasured rivers and streams are pushed out by reckless development. 

The vast majority of creeks and streams in Frederick County are severely polluted. Our communities depend on these waterways as the sources of our drinking water and our children deserve access to the safe and abundant natural resource inherited by generations that came before them.

We cannot allow the growing rates of poorly planned development to continue to destroy local creeks and streams. Quality of life in Frederick County is under threat. 

The writing is on the wall:

• Long stretches of stream on Carroll Creek can no longer support life of many native fish species;

• Linganore Creek supplies most of Frederick’s drinking water yet violated safety standards at 3 of 8 sampling sites in 2013; 

• The county’s Brook Trout populations have seen serious declines associated with increases in paved surfaces from development threatening fishing opportunities and tourism revenue; and

• Polluted runoff after rainstorms makes lakes unsafe for children to swim and puts swimmers at risk of illness.

It’s time to take action to protect local waterways. 

Frederick County is the second fastest growing suburban county in the State and we must use proven, common sense solutions to get ahead of this growth and protect our waterways from toxins and over fertilization. 

With areas like Charleston, West Virginia, Toledo, Ohio, and the Dan River in North Carolina having faced catastrophic waterway contamination this year alone, we cannot ignore the devastating signs of degraded waterways in Frederick County. 

Frederick County’s waterways are worth protecting! We need not pay the price of closed swimming areas, decimated brook trout populations, and polluted drinking water supplies like our neighbors downstream. 

We must address our local pollution problem now before it problem gets worse and costs us so much of what we hold dear. 

Add your name to join Frederick County’s growing Clean Water Movement! 

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