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Frederick News-Post: Grumbles elected chair of interstate air pollution board

Amid a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for better air pollution control in five states, Maryland was selected to lead a regional air quality board. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles was unanimously elected chairman of the Ozone Transport Commission on June 6… Read the entire article. ...Read More

WMDT: Maryland beaches health report

BALTIMORE, Md. – A new Department of Environment report found that Maryland beaches open for swimming had no health-based advisories 99 percent of the time. This is the fifth straight year that Maryland has exceeded 98 percent, and this is the twelfth consecutive year it has crossed 96 percent… Read the entire ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Herbert Sachs, state water and environmental resources official

Herbert Myron Sachs, a retired state water and environmental resources official who also led the Potomac River Basin Commission, died of a stroke April 12 at his Annapolis home. He was 82. Born in Baltimore and raised on Springdale Avenue, he was the son of Joseph Sachs, who worked in his family’s ...Read More

Cumberland Times-News: Students plant 2,000 trees at abandoned strip mine

High schoolers volunteer for Arbor Day project near Frostburg FROSTBURG — More than 50 local high school students volunteered Monday to help the Maryland Department of the Environment plant nearly 2,000 trees on a reclaimed strip mine near Frostburg. “It was fun,” said Zoe Watkins, an 11th-grader from the Center for Career ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Hogan announces support for fracking ban in Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday he supports banning fracking, a surprise revelation that could make Maryland one of the first states to ban the controversial method of drilling for natural gas. The Republican governor said passing legislation to prohibit fracking was “an important initiative to safeguard our environment. Read the entire article. ...Read More

WFMD: Frederick County Placed Under Drought Warning

Baltimore, Md (KM). The water situation in Frederick County and surrounding jurisdictions has become very serious. The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a drought warning for central Maryland, which includes not only Frederick County, but Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and Cecil Counties. “We’re encouraging citizens and businesses to voluntarily reduce ...Read More

WMDT: Board of Public Works approves Chesapeake Bay funds

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Chesapeake will be getting a healthy injection of funds to help restore and renovate the bay. Funding for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay were approved Wednesday by the Board of Public Works – made up of Governor Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot… Read the ...Read More

Howard County Times: $2.1 million stream restoration project to begin in Howard

Howard County officials announced plans Thursday to begin the largest stream restoration project in the county’s history on farmland in Woodbine. The $2.13 million project will restore around 6,200 feet of Cattail Creek over the next two years as the county attempts to meet state requirements to tackle stormwater runoff by 2019… ...Read More

Carroll County Times: Maryland receives $47,000 grant to combat radon; Carroll a ‘hot spot’ for dangerous gas

Radon is an invisible gas that has been linked to lung cancer, but there was nothing invisible about the initiative, announced Friday, to raise awareness of radon. State, federal and local public health officials turned out at the Carroll County Office Building in Westminster to discuss a $46,949 grant from the Environmental ...Read More

Frederick News-Post: Walkersville teen, using recycled cans, secures top prize at state art competition

Walkersville High School junior Parker Montour took 250 soda cans and transformed them into a giant silvery, and sharp-edged, bird of prey. Montour, 16, won the grand prize at the Maryland Department of the Environment’s 15th annual Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest on Nov. 18 in Baltimore for her sculpture “Tony Hawk,” which ...Read More