Although the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance brought the suit, with the help of the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic, the suit is being funded by the Town Creek Foundation based in Easton, MD. According to Town Creek’s grants page, the foundation has given the Waterkeeper Alliance $300,000 to fund the lawsuit.
With such well heeled benefactors, why does the Waterkeeper Alliance need the help of the taxpayer funded University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic?
Even Governor O’Malley decided to buck his environmental masters when he sent a scathing letter to law school Dean, Phoebe Haddon.
However, O’Malley’s criticism rings hollow, given that in 2009 he signed legislation allowing waterkeepers legal standing to challenge environmental permits and other decisions. Students from the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic, were the unregistered, taxpayer funded lobbyists for the legislation.
Oh by the way, since 2009 Town Creek Foundation has given the law clinic $260,000.
Of course, it helps Town Creek to have Donald Boesch, one of it’s Board Members–you know the folks who make grant funding decisions–as a member of the climate commission. Town Creek also funds the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, which just happens to be run by Donald Boesch. Convenient.