Welcome to Conservation Montgomery.  Our goal is to work as a community to enhance the quality of life in Montgomery County, Maryland which is just north of Washington, D.C.  Established in 1776 and known as a “gateway to the nation’s capital,” our county is composed of diverse land uses and wonderfully diverse cultures within our population of 1 million people.  We have urban communities in the Down County and rural communities Up County.  We invite you to learn more about vital county natural resources worth protecting. If you live outside of our county, come and visit one of the nation's most desirable places to live.


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County Pesticides Bill

Time for David to prevail over Goliath



By Barbara Hoover, CM Board


Grass Roots Environmentalists are facing off against the Goliath of pesticide lobbies in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Across the County, citizens by the thousands are standing up and saying that they want the law to protect them from the harmful effects of pesticide used in lawn care. The health effects due to exposure to these toxins are widely documented by organizations both in the U.S. and around the globe. 

The debate over Bill 52-14 has been described by some members of the Montgomery County Council as the most contentious in the county’s history, but those who know better see something entirely different.  What we see is a movement of committed individuals who without financial backing, professional lobbying or high-powered writers, have supported and brought Bill 52-14 to the County Council for passage on October 6, 2015.

Imagine the wealthy pesticide lobby, represented by trade organizations like CropLife America, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), and The Fertilizer Institute, able to access limitless funds to create doubts, falsify studies, and arrange attendance at critical meetings and hearings.  Imagine, if you will, what unlimited financial resources mean to a movement:  effective communications made possible with paid staff; professional writers, lobbyists and activists; websites, leaflets, booklets, studies, offices. The pesticide lobbies & lobbyists have contributed tremendous sums of money in Montgomery County in a variety of ways, including contributions from senior executives, through political action committees, and through other industry trade groups.  In spite of this financial and political power, the pesticide lobby can no longer hide the facts:  Many of these pesticide products cause cancer, reproductive harm, developmental delays in children and contamination of our water resources. The citizens of Montgomery County are demanding the passage of Bill 52-14 in its original form.

Councilmember Roger Berliner has proposed compromises to Bill 52-14 that render it useless, with the excuse that this debate is contentious, and his compromises represent a middle of the road arrangement between the health of his constituents and the wishes of a multi-billion dollar industry.  HOOEY!  It is time for all the Montgomery County Council to wake up and realize that the mere fact that the “David” of concerned citizens has matched the pitch and volume of the Goliath of the pesticide lobby means there is a tidal wave of support to pass this vital legislation.



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URGENT! Don't let the county pesticides bill get washed away. Sign this petition to make your voice heard.





Healthy Lawns Bill 52-14 is heading to its final stages and needs your urgent help. The bill aims to lead the country in protecting residents, children, pets, bees, wildlife, and our air and waterways from exposure and contamination to toxic lawn chemicals (pesticides, herbicides) in Montgomery County, Maryland's communities and parks. 

The bill is under serious threat of being severely watered down by a few Councilmembers. Please SEND A NEW URGENT MESSAGE NOW urging the Council to not weaken the bill, and to keep people protected.



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