Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill today announced the winners of the 11th annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Approximately 150 photographers entered nearly 800 photographs this year. Laurie Brice of Annapolis earned the grand prize for her up-close Red-footed Cannibalfly taken at the Glendenning Butterfly Garden within the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Read more
Essex Marina and Boat Sales has been added to the growing list of Maryland Clean Marinas for its work to prevent pollution and operate more sustainably.
Owner Michael Darenberg carefully controls operations to prevent pollution and ensure the marina is kept clean. To meet these goals, the facility provides free pumpouts so boaters can easily empty sewage holding tanks, employs wash-water containment and stormwater controls, and uses vacuum sanders when smoothing boat hulls to keep the dust out of the air and water. Read more
Two Kent Island fishing boat captains were charged Thursday with operating passenger vessels without required safety equipment and failing to have the appropriate licenses, following a lengthy investigation and enforcement action by undercover Maryland Natural Resources Police officers and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer as tens of thousands of residents and visitors head out on the water, relax in our State’s parks and campgrounds, and begin early hunting seasons,” said Colonel George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “Plan ahead and be vigilant. We need everyone to do their part.”
After more than 13 drownings in Maryland waterways this year to date, Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking everyone to use extra caution when out on the water. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police officers Tuesday recovered the bodies of two men missing since the weekend. Read more
The goal this July 4th weekend for the Maryland Natural Resources Police is simple: fewer boating accidents.
The game plan is direct: officers will be going all-out on the State’s waterways, from the Atlantic Ocean to Deep Creek Lake.
“Our officers will be aggressively targeting reckless and negligent boaters and those whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “We want to ensure that Maryland families and our visitors have a safe and happy holiday.” Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police will join this weekend with the Coast Guard and other maritime law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water, a nationwide crackdown on alcohol- and drug-impaired boaters. Read more