As The Sun's recent editorial rightly points out ("Three wins for the bay," April 16), environmental groups were real winners during the recent, contentious session of the Maryland General Assembly.
But responsibility for cleaning up our waterways doesn't rest solely with government. We each have a role to play in making our city, state and region cleaner and greener.
These were not easy bills to pass. Baltimore and
But cleaning up our waters and our communities is not something that government alone has the resources or power to fix. We all flush toilets, drive and use parking lots that send trash downstream. Everyone can do more — such as picking up pet waste, removing trash properly and installing practices that reduce pollution at home.
In the end, a healthy Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay is not about "pollution diets" or fees; it's about healthier people, healthier ecosystems and taking responsibility for the waste we all create.
Halle Van der Gaag, Baltimore