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
Volunteers needed to help with State Park Cleanups Sept. 28 & 29
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is participating in the multi-state Day to Serve Feed the Hungry and Heal the Planet volunteer effort. From September 15-29, the agency is hosting a number of service projects, from a statewide food drive to State Park cleanups, to give Marylanders the opportunity to help their fellow citizens and their natural world. Read more
Maryland establishes first in the nation policy
Governor Martin O’Malley today signed into law first-of-its-kind legislation that amends Maryland’s forest conservation policy to maintain the State’s current 40 percent tree canopy ─ a no-net-loss. The bill establishes new and expanded reforestation incentives and tools to help landowners and local governments meet and surpass the statewide goal. Read more
Program accepting proposals through May 30
This spring, more than 2,000 students from across Maryland got an early start on their Earth Day contributions, planting trees to improve water quality through Governor Martin O’Malley’s Stream Restoration Challenge. The program ─ which is still accepting proposals ─ provides grants for students and groups to carry out projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality through service learning and environmental education activities. Read more
Open to local governments, schools and NGOs
The Stream Restoration Challenge is once again accepting applications from local governments, school systems, and non-governmental organizations looking to carry out projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality and create service learning and environmental literacy activities for students. Through this program, the State and its partners will award the top proposals grants totaling up to $6 million to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015. Read more
Grant program to seek second round of applicants
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the winners of the Stream Restoration Challenge, a new grant program through which the State and its partners plan to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers in Maryland by 2015. The program will provide up to $6 million to help local governments, school systems, and non-governmental organizations carryout projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality and create service learning and environmental literacy activities for students.
Nomination deadline January 4, 2013
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking nominations for its 2nd annual Maryland Clean Marina of the Year contest.
“Our goal is to hear from boaters, marine contractors, staff and citizens on the Maryland Clean Marinas that are excelling in their efforts to run a clean facility,” Program Coordinator said Donna Morrow. “This contest celebrates the excellent work of these businesses in protecting our natural resources and complying with often complex regulations.”