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Majority of Marylanders Want Government Action on Climate Change Preparedness According to New Survey

ClimateChangeA survey released today by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources indicates 73 percent of Marylanders want their state and local governments to take actions to protect their communities against the impacts of climate change, and more than half (55 percent) believe protecting coastal areas from sea-level rise should be a high or very high priority for the Governor and the General Assembly.

The report is the first of four to be released this fall from a survey of over 2,000 Maryland citizens conducted this spring by George Mason University in conjunction with the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland. The current report focuses on sea-level rise and its impacts on Maryland, perceived threats to local resources, and preferred policies to protect communities at the state, county and local levels.

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Maryland Coast Smart Council Holds First Meeting

Beach water rising under a pier. Photo by Ellen Christianson

Photo by Ellen Christianson

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 »


Governor O’Malley Signs Bills to Prepare for Impacts of Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Annapolis City Dock

Annapolis City Dock

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 »


Maryland Seeking Public Input for Federal Action on Climate Change Preparedness

Deadline Extended: Comments accepted via series of surveys through March 21

Photo by Carol Sylveira

Governor Martin O’Malley is calling on stakeholders, elected officials and citizens to provide input on how the Federal government can best assist Maryland in planning for and responding to climate change, through a series of quick and easy online surveys by topic. Governor O’Malley is currently serving as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, charged with advising the President as to how federal agencies can best help states and communities understand, prepare for, and reduce the impacts of climate change. Read more »


Coastal Areas Encouraged to Apply for Preparedness Grants; Deadline Extended!

Annapolis City Dock

Annapolis City Dock

It’s not too late! The State is still offering CoastSmart Communities grants to help local governments improve their ability to respond to coastal threats such as storm surge, flooding and sea level rise. The application deadline has been extended to March 7.  Read more »


Maryland Issues New Guidelines for State Construction in Areas Vulnerable to Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise

Photo of the report's coverMaryland’s Climate Change and CoastSmart Construction Working Group has issued its Final Report, intended to guide what, where and how the State builds in areas vulnerable to coastal flooding and future sea level rise.  The report recommends specific siting and design guidelines for State construction projects to protect against the impacts of climate change.  Read more »


Governor O’Malley Announces New Tree Program for Maryland Landowners

Landscape of Trees. Photo By Avi Bender

Photo By Avi Bender

Free trees and planting assistance available to turn excess Lawn to Woodland

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced an exciting new stewardship program to help Marylanders who own one to four acres of land convert unused lawn to forest cover at no cost. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have partnered to launch Lawn to Woodland, which will kick off as a pilot in select central counties this spring. Read more »


Marylanders Asked to Snap and Share High Tide Photos

Annapolis City Dock during a King Tide. Life-size tatues at the dock are up to their knees in water.

Annapolis City Dock during a King Tide

With Maryland set to experience winter King Tides December 31 through January 3, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking residents in coastal areas to take and share photos of the resulting high waters and flooding. While not all communities may experience flooding, in some areas, these unusually high tides give planners a look at what potential future sea level rise may look like. Read more »


League of Conservation Voters Honors Governor Martin O’Malley for Climate Change Vision

Tony Caligiuri, MDLCV Chairman of the Board; Carol Browner, former EPA Administrator; Governor O'Malley; and MDLCV Executive Director Karla Raettig

Tony Caligiuri, MDLCV Chairman of the Board; Carol Browner, former EPA Administrator; Governor O’Malley; and Karla Raettig, MDLCV Executive Director

Governor congratulates co-honorees Maggie McIntosh and Dru Schmidt-Perkins

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters presented Governor Martin O’Malley with its inaugural Climate Visionary Award this evening, recognizing his unsurpassed leadership in creating and adopting programs to help Marylanders combat and adapt to the effects of climate change.  Read more »


First-of-Its-Kind Easement Protects Historic Area from Sea Level Rise Impacts

Coastal resilience considered in preservation of Harriet Tubman National Park and Byway site

An example of lands that would be protected through this new easement program.

An example of land that would be protected through this new easement program.
Photo by Alan Sakakhiara

Through a first-of-its-kind easement designed to protect coastal areas from the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge, the State of Maryland has preserved 221 acres in Dorchester County along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and Scenic Byway.  Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land through a Coastal Resilience Easement. Read more »