The Maryland Coast Smart Council met yesterday in Annapolis ─ the first of a series of meetings to take place over the next year ─ to develop new construction standards for State agency buildings in areas vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding. Read more
The State permanently preserved 228 acres of farmland, eliminating 50 developmental rights, in Charles and Washington counties through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easements at Wednesday’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) hosted more than 100 guests at a reception last night at the Government House in Annapolis to honor land donors and recognize volunteers. Governor O’Malley recognized 30 landowners from across the State for their private land donations to MET, from November 2012 through today. These conservation easements have permanently protected 3,260 acres of scenic, historic, cultural and environmentally-sensitive lands from development. Read more
Kids and parents rejoice ─ the Maryland Bay Game: Explore & Restore is now available at libraries, State Parks and visitor centers statewide! For the 17th year, DNR’s popular activity booklet is back with educational games, activities and challenges for kids to learn about and connect with the natural world around them.
“The Maryland Bay Game helps families enjoy the great outdoors while encouraging sustainability and stewardship,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “The booklet is designed to help parents and teachers talk to children about how the small daily actions they take today, can make a big difference in the health of our water, land and air tomorrow.” Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) awarded a total of $9,000 to 21 community groups and schools across the State to restore streamside habitats, create community gardens and educate citizens about the environment as part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.
“MET is pleased to provide financial assistance to schools and nonprofit groups to promote environmental education and projects that enhance and maintain the environment,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “Keep Maryland Beautiful is the oldest program administered by MET and is funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration and through private contributions.” Read more
In celebration of Maryland’s abundant natural resources and exciting recreational opportunities, Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month. Even better, enjoying the State’s outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app, AccessDNR! Read more
Maryland’s newest tool to detect natural resources lawbreakers, protect the homeland and assist boaters in distress was recognized earlier this month by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at its annual meeting in Baltimore.
The Agency Award for Innovations in Public Service was presented to DNR Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson and Capt. David Larsen of the Maryland Natural Resources Police on May 13 for the development and use of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN). Read more
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced good news regarding the State’s ongoing work to restore the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population. Results of Maryland’s 2013 Fall Oyster Survey indicate the oyster biomass index, a combined measure of oyster abundance and size, has more than doubled since 2010, reaching its highest point since this type of monitoring began in 1985. Read more
Governor Martin O’Malley yesterday signed into law two pieces of legislation that will help the State prepare for the impacts of climate change and extreme weather in Maryland. The first, the Bay Acidification Bill, will create a Task Force to evaluate and address the effects of changing chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways. The second, the CoastSmart Bill, will ensure the State follows standards to make safe and fiscally-wise investments when building or updating State agency structures located in vulnerable coastal areas. Read more
(CONOWINGO, MD) May 5, 2014 – United States Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, held a field hearing today to expand the public’s understanding of the environmental challenges presented by the build-up of sediment and nutrients behind the Conowingo Dam as well as the Dam’s relicensing process. Information was presented to the public by experts from the many State and federal partners working together to improve water quality, protect aquatic and vegetative life and encourage recreation and fishing in our lakes, rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay.