The Maryland Natural Resources Police has announced ─ based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency ─ that boating and other recreational use of the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams, should be avoided at this time. Due to recent precipitation, river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Little Falls.
The advisory is in effect until April 3, 2014 and will be updated at that time if necessary. Read more
“I want to commend the leadership at DNR and NRP for developing a successful enforcement strategy that has resulted in the issuing of more than 75 citations for oyster violations to date,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “This season, we used officers along the shoreline, on the water and in the air to protect an essential species in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.” Read more
Classroom visits celebrate Read Across Maryland Month
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson each visited Annapolis area elementary school classrooms this week to read long-cherished books to students. The DNR officials lent a hand to local educators and encouraged children to read as part of Governor O’Malley’s Read Across Maryland initiative. Read more
An officer on patrol at Elk Neck State Park saw Alan Dion Smith, 46, fishing south of Rocky Point and noticed he had two striped bass. The angler received citations for fishing without a recreational license and possession of striped bass during a closed season. The fines total $575.
Smith is scheduled to appear in Cecil District Court on May 14.
Now Accepting Online Submissions
Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) has partnered with the Conservancy for Charles County and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union to protect 65 acres on Bryans Road through a conservation easement. The donation will prevent development and permanently protect the flora and fauna on the property, which is located within the viewshed of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic estate along the Potomac River. Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police last Friday charged two watermen with violating the State’s oyster laws in Talbot County.
Benjamin Leonard Reihl, 26, of Chestertown was charged with eight counts of possession of undersized oysters, marking the fifth time he had been caught oyster poaching this season. Adam Vincent Reihl, 21, of Church Hill, was charged with six counts of possession of undersized oysters. Read more
Young anglers are invited to spend a few hours on the water fishing for trout at Gambrill State Park’s Youth Fishing Rodeo. The park’s Rock Run pond will be stocked with fish ready for action! Read more
Gambrill State Park invites guests of all ages to join them for an evening tea service complete with scrumptious goodies and a presentation on local tea-making plants. Read more
Hervin O. Nunez-Aleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a single violation. He was fined $2,000 and placed on unsupervised probation. Read more