Some of the Issues We Can Help You Win
(Anywhere in the USA)

Air Pollution & Sprawl


Apartments & Condominiums

Aquatic Resource Protection

Finding the Best for your Case


Brook Trout & Watershed Development

Convenience Stores, Gas & Service Stations


Cut-Thru Traffic

Environmental Impact Statements

Environmental Justice

Environmental Site Design

Equitable Solutions

ESP: Exposed Soil = Pollution

Fire & Rural Growth


Funding the Good Fight

Golf Course Preservation

Golf Courses & Water Quality

Growth Management
Comprehensive Plans, Master Plans & Quality of Life Growth Management

Historic Resource Threats

Transfer Stations, Incinerators, Recycling, Composting, Sewage Sludge & Other Waste Facilities

Land Preservation

Light Trespass

Making Neighborhood Waters More Child Safe & Friendly

Making Pollution Laws Work


Neighborhood Quality of Life



Planned Area & Planned Unit Development

Politically Oriented Advocacy

Property Value

Scenic View Preservation

Schools & Growth

Smart Legal Strategies

Special Exceptions & Conditional Uses

Strategy Analysis
For Protecting Your Neighborhood & Environment

Student Housing


Transmission Lines

Trucking Facilities

Watershed Audit

Zoning & Rezoning


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Protecting Lakes, Rivers & Creeks from Poorly Planned Watershed Development

To fully protect a lake, wetland, tidal creek, river, or other waterway there must be a limit on the intensity watershed development.  Additionally, mechanisms must be in place which ensure that highly-effective pollution prevention measures will be fully utilized and maintained in good condition.  Frankly, few lakes and waterways benefit from both approaches.  And it is rare that we see a watershed restoration or management plan which effectively employs either approach, much less both.

Present scientific research indicates that to protect water quality and human uses, no more than 5% to 10% of a watershed should be covered with buildings, parking lots, streets, or other impervious surfaces.  That's equivalent to about one house for every 2- to 6-acres of watershed area.  While some argue that Low-Impact Development and newer Best Management Practices (BMPs) allow imperviousness to exceed 5% - 10% without harming aquatic resources, the reality is that flawed design, poor installation, and inadequate maintenance causes many BMPs to perform poorly or fail completely.

CEDS has developed an approach which provides lake associations, watershed organizations, riverkeepers, and others with a way to gain the political clout needed win implementation of science-based watershed development caps, reasonable environmental protection laws, and to greatly increase the likelihood that the full benefits of highly-effective BMPs are achieved.

To learn more about how we can help you protect your favorite lake, river, or creek, contact us at 410-654-3021 or

For examples of how we can help with pollution of your favorite lake or creek see the following CEDS publications.

Salmon, Lake Quality, Wetlands and Development Impacts - An Example of CEDS Analysis

Example of How CEDS Can Assess Pollution Sources and Quickly Improve Water Quality

How Much Development is Too Much for Streams, Rivers, Lakes, Tidal Waters and Wetlands?

The Effects of Marinas and Boating Activity Upon Tidal Waterways

Protecting the Aquatic Environment from the Effects of Golf Courses

Effects of Meeting House Golf Club upon Edgartown Great Pond

CEDS exists solely to help citizens win land development and environmental issues. Because of this specialization, we can pull together a top-notch team of leading experts to quickly analyze your situation and develop the easiest, least expensive strategy for success. Our strategies employ an aggressive approach on multiple fronts: legal, technical, and political. Because of this unique approach our clients win 90% of their cases vs. the much lower success rate typical of more conventional campaign strategies. And our victories come at a fraction of the cost.

Our approach to winning land use and environmental cases is described in a 300-page book which can be downloaded free by clicking on the following title: How To Win Land Development Issues: A Citizens Guide To Preserving & Enhancing Quality of Life in Developing Areas.

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