Here in Maryland, we have often viewed the environmental cause primarily in terms of government policy, too. Most recently, Gov. Larry Hogan drew considerable attention for calling for an end to the "rain tax" — the fee that had been required in Baltimore and nine counties to pay for federally-mandated stormwater remediation — and making that repeal a top priority. Yet even he acknowledged that the goal of reducing pollution that is swept off our rooftops, lawns and streets after it rains was worthwhile. The fee pays for remedies like sediment ponds, upgraded drainage systems, street sweeping, nutrient-absorbing plantings and other strategies to slow the runoff with its sediments, pet waste, motor oil and other common pollutants and allow them to naturally filter through the ground rather than poison local waterways.