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Feds don't care about clean water so now it's up to us

Trump administration is failing to protect our water supply - others must now do the job.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble is correct: States and localities not only should but must have their own plans for maintaining clean water – especially when a president like the one currently in office doesn't have a clue ("Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule," June 27). Our president's vow to rescind certain clean water actions is being described as federal overreach. In truth, President Donald Trump is being short-sighted as usual but he is not preventing us from doing what we know we must do. Maryland will continue to clean up the bay watershed and reap the benefits.

Another recent Baltimore Sun article profiled the extent to which Maryland and Virginia are getting results from cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Pennsylvania is lagging in the same category. This must be due in part to a gradual shift in perspective because real environmental sustainability begins in our heads. For example, you must decide whether to put that container in the recycle bin or on the street (where it will certainly take a scenic route into the bay).

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If there is something good about Mr. Trump being in office, it might be the way in which he has riled individuals in defense, to stand up for the earth and water under their feet. Public zeitgeist oscillates back and forth across a median line fixed by the commander-in-chief's capabilities and trustworthiness, or lack thereof in this case. President Trump's denial of environmental problems will hopefully continue to disconcert the nation and make us want to assume more responsibility for our own actions, something we should have been doing all along.

Kevin Kriescher, Baltimore

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