The Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University

Located in Baltimore, MD, the Center works to increase the body of knowledge about the interconnections among diet, food production, human health, and the natural environment in order to influence public policy toward more equitable and sustainable systems. Be sure to view CLF’s Agriculture & Public Health Gateway, an online database of information about public health, agriculture, and the connections between these two fields.

Poisoned Waters

This 2-hour PBS Frontline program describes the environmental damage that has occurred in the Chesapeake Bay, emphasizing the harmful impacts of factory farms on this fragile ecosystem. Watch the entire program below:

Information and Resources

America’s Animal Factories: How States Fail to Prevent Pollution from Livestock Waste

This Natural Resources Defense Council report describes the environmental and public health impacts of pollution generated by factory farms. Includes activist contacts and resources.

Antimicrobial Resistance: Solutions to a Growing Public Health Threat

Testimony of Diane M. Dwyer, M.D., Maryland State Epidemiologist, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene representing the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. (February 25, 1999.)

Nonpoint Source Pollution Programs and Initiatives

A brief description of Maryland programs that deal with nonpoint source pollution. Includes Maryland Department of Environment information regarding confined animal facilities.

State Information

Provides state legislative information along with documents related to state and local government. (Washburn University School of Law.)

US Farms – State Fact Sheets

Links for each state, with current information about farm size, financial status, rural employment, land use, and more. (USDA.)

Washington Post Articles:

A three-part series of articles about the harmful impacts of industrial livestock production on the Chesapeake Bay.

  • An Unsavory Byproduct: Runoff and Pollution – The highways running east from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the beaches of the Atlantic offer mere glimpses of the Eastern Shore’s vast poultry industry. (Washington Post, August 1, 1999.)
  • Permitting: A Pattern of Pollution – Letter from the City of Salisbury to Perdue Farms Inc. Once again, the company’s slaughterhouse had piped too much pollution into the city’s wastewater treatment plant. (Washington Post, August 2, 1999.)
  • Who Pays for What Is Thrown Away? – Two years after the toxic microbe, Pfiesteria piscicida, emerged on Chesapeake Bay tributaries, drawing attention to the chicken farms that dominate Eastern Shore fields, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware all adopted laws aimed at preventing chicken manure from fouling water. (Washington Post, August 3, 1999.)

Water Quality in the Allegheny and Monongahela River Basins Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland, 1996-98

Water quality assessment reports from the US Geological Survey.

State and Local Government


Environmental code, title 9 subtitle 3

Wastewater permit requirement.