Environment and Sustainability

On June 12, 2008 the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) released its annual report on Childhood Blood Level Surveillance. In 2007, 624 children or 3.5% of the 17,667 children aged 0-72 months tested in Baltimore City had elevated blood lead levels (at least 10 micrograms per deciliter). This represents a decrease from 843 children or 4.6% of the children tested in 2006.

The state of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is crucial to the well being of both our local ecosystem and public health, yet polluters dump about 240 million pounds of toxins into our waterways each year. The long-term effects on human health and the environment could be disastrous. Thirty five years after the Clean Water Act became law, this American News Project report explores why our fish are changing sex and our water contains rocket fuel, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals.

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