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
Innovative financing program celebrates 8 years of local water quality improvements in Maryland
In another boost for Chesapeake Bay water quality, Governor Martin O’Malley has allocated $64.44 million to the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund in the State’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2007, this unique financing program has directed a total of $256 million to local governments and organizations for 1,000 nonpoint source pollution projects that reduce harmful nutrient and sediment runoff into the Bay. 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
Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, protecting keystone species
Governor Martin O’Malley today thanked the Maryland Natural Resources Police for its enforcement efforts during the six-month oyster season, which ended March 31.
“When we began this large-scale oyster restoration initiative nearly four years ago, we promised to turn things around and do everything within our power to protect this vital species,” said Governor O’Malley. “I want to thank our NRP officers ─ the men and women who continuously put their hearts into protecting our State’s natural resources ─ for their hard work and dedication not only this past oyster season but every single day.” Read more
Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed April Environmental Education Month in Maryland in recognition of public and private efforts to help children connect with and learn about their natural world.
“Maryland continues to serve as a national model for quality public education — that’s why Education Week ranked our public schools number one in the nation for five years in a row,” said Governor O’Malley. “We were the first state in the nation to adopt environmental literacy graduation requirements, which now serve as a key component of our State’s curriculum. Every day, our educators are being given more tools to create special learning opportunities that will better enable Maryland students to become informed and responsible stewards of our natural world.”
In the first major courtroom test of the Maryland Natural Resources Police’s newest enforcement tool, two Somerset County watermen were found guilty Monday of harvesting oysters from a State sanctuary.
Officers used the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN), a radar and camera system, on Nov. 25 to track a vessel moving in and out of the Somerset Sanctuary in Tangier Sound. They subsequently charged William Cloyde Catlin and Irving Lee Catlin with dredging in the protected area. Read more
Tours student environmental learning projects
Governor Martin O’Malley today visited Dunloggin Middle School for a first-hand look at the students’ environment learning projects. The visit highlighted the importance of outdoor education in advance of the afternoon’s Better Choices, Better Results Sustainability forum. Read more
28-year Assateague State Park employee has not missed a day of work
Governor Martin O’Malley honored Clarence Bowen for his 28 years of continuous service to Assateague State Park and the people of Maryland at a celebration at the park last month. Bowen is 70 years old and has never missed a day of work. Read more
Coastal resilience considered in preservation of Harriet Tubman National Park and Byway site
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
Governor O’Malley, Federal, State and Local Officials Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Ocean City Beach Replenishment Program
Governor Martin O’Malley joined federal, State and local officials today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ocean City Beach Replenishment Program and Hurricane Protection Project. The program, a joint effort between Maryland, Worcester County, Ocean City and the Army Corps of Engineers works to improve recreation, defend the city against storms and provide a foundation for hurricane protection. Read more