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Water Wednesday: PFAS Protection: Maryland Legislative Session

Feb 15, 2023 @ 12:00 PM 1:00 PM

When we come together, it’s amazing what we can achieve!

Join Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Brent Walls, and special guests; Maryland Delegate Sara Love, Maryland State Senator Elfreth, and Matt Pluta, Director of Riverkeeper Programs & Choptank Riverkeeper for Shore Rivers, for a discussion on PFAS regulation. 

Water Wednesday: PFAS Protection: Maryland Legislative Session
Location: Online
Date: February 15, 2022
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

PFAS infographic

This Water Wednesday will focus on PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which is a growing list of 12,000+ chemicals found in products like nonstick pans and food packaging, and commonly in firefighting foam often used on military bases and at commercial airports. PFAS chemicals do not easily break down, and they can persist in your body and in the environment for decades. 

You’ll hear about two bills going through the Maryland legislative session right now: the PFAS Monitoring Bill and the PFAS Pesticide Bill. Plus, Matt Pluta, Director of Riverkeeper Programs & Choptank Riverkeeper, will discuss the issues surrounding PFAS in Wastewater and Biosolids. 

Thank you from all of us for what you’ve achieved, and what we will achieve together!


Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper: Brent joined PRKN in 2009 and is responsible for defending the public trust of the rivers and streams in the Upper Potomac by advocating for clean water and ensuring the virtues of the Clean Water Act are enforced. Brent Walls has been an advocate for clean water for over a decade. With an Environmental Science background in freshwater ecology, Brent has brought a valuable scientific perspective to Potomac Riverkeeper since 2009. His experience in water quality sampling has ensured defensible enforcement actions and has been a unique advising asset with local watershed groups. Brent’s love of maps and proficiency with Geographical Information Systems has inspired the development of Water Trail maps in the Upper Potomac and has provided PRK with valuable interactive web maps and the creation of a mobile application to report water pollution.

Sara Love, Maryland State Delegate: Sara Love was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018. She serves on the Environment & Transportation Committee, the Natural Resources and Open Spaces Subcommittee, and the Local Government Subcommittee. She also serves on the Metro Washington Area Committee for the Montgomery County Delegation. In 2019, Sara was appointed to the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee. Prior to the General Assembly, Sara spent her career working to make the world a better place, focusing mainly on reproductive rights and civil liberties. After graduating from Princeton University, Sara earned her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Sarah Elfreth, Maryland State Senator: Elected in 2018 to represent Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County, Senator Sarah Elfreth is the youngest woman ever elected to the Maryland Senate. She is passionately committed to serving her constituents both in the State House and in the community. Sarah worked with colleagues across the aisle and around the State to pass over 65 bills – all with bipartisan votes – she sponsored in her first term. These new laws range from the largest investment in Maryland’s State Parks, creating Maryland’s first Office of Statewide Broadband, providing treatment to veterans living with PTSD, investing in libraries, small businesses, and critical prenatal care for healthy Maryland mothers, and protecting oysters and clean water.

Matt Pluta, Director of Riverkeeper Programs & Choptank Riverkeeper for Shore Rivers: As Choptank Riverkeeper and Director of Riverkeeper Programs, Matt is dedicated to safeguarding the long-term health of the river, guarding against illegal and harmful pollution, and building a stronger voice for the protection of the river’s natural resources.Matt has a degree in biology and environmental studies from Penn State University and has an advanced degree in environmental policy. His professional experience includes water quality monitoring, environmental policy, community organizing, and advocacy. Matt transplanted to the Eastern Shore from the Great Lakes region, bringing with him his passion for clean water and outdoor recreation.