Monthly Archive:: February 2014

Capital Gazette: Report: Bay cleanup shows promise; more work and monitoring ahead

Data gleaned from scores of scientific studies indicate elements of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan are working. A report issued Tuesday showed efforts over the past 30 years have reduced pollution, lowered nutrients and slowed sediment in local waterways but more vigilance, hard work and monitoring lies ahead. Read ...Read More

WMAR: Runoff a concern as snow begins to melt across Maryland

As temperatures begin to rise and rain moves into the area, the piles of snow are starting to melt. The problem is a lot of that snow is loaded with salt and ice melt used to clear roads and sidewalks, and as it all melts that stuff is carried ...Read More

WJZ: Storm Aftermath: Road Salt Finds Its Way Into Md. Waterways

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — First comes snow, then comes salt. But unlike snow, that salt doesn’t go away. Alex DeMetrick reports it’s moving right now into our water, and it will stay there for decades. It was only a week ago when the struggle to keep moving fell to the frontline ...Read More

Governor O’Malley Announces $20 Million in Cold Weather Energy Bill Assistance

Annapolis, Md. — Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the release of an additional $20 million to help lower-income Marylanders pay high utility bills resulting from recent extreme winter weather. Working together, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Public Service Commission (PSC) will administer ...Read More

WYPR: Stormwater Rules: Tues. Feb. 18, 12-1 p.m.

Maryland’s 10 largest jurisdictions are required by law to enact a storm water fee as a way to mitigate pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. We take a look at how Baltimore and the counties are implementing the law and what grants and incentives are available to homeowners. Our guests: ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Maryland ranked second in green building activity

Maryland jumped to second place last year in a ranking of environmentally-friendly building activity. In 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said it approved 119 commercial or institutional projects in Maryland for certification under Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design or LEED standards, a total of 12.7 million ...Read More

Governor O’Malley Issues Statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Defense of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL

MEDIA CONTACTS: Nina Smith 410-974-2316 For Immediate Release ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 12, 2014) — Governor O’Malley issued the following statement today on Maryland’s amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit: “As we continue to make great strides in restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, ...Read More

Board of Public Works Approves Funding For Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay

MEDIA CONTACTS: Samantha Kappalman Jay Apperson FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Board of Public Works Approves Funding For Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay Grants and loans will reduce pollution, improve wetlands   BALTIMORE, MD (February 5, 2014) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $35 million ...Read More

Nominations being accepted for the 37th annual Tawes and Coulter Awards for a Clean Environment

MEDIA CONTACTS: Samantha Kappalman Adrienne Diaczok FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nominations being accepted for the 37th annual Tawes and Coulter Awards for a Clean Environment Tawes Award winner’s favorite non-profit group to receive $250 donation in their name; nomination deadline is April 11 BALTIMORE, MD (February 5, 2014) – Nominations ...Read More

WBAL-TV: Officials remind consumers of tax-free weekend

Shop Maryland Energy tax-free weekend from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17 BALTIMORE — Comptroller Peter Franchot on Tuesday reminded Marylanders to take advantage of Shop Maryland Energy tax-free weekend. The annual event allows consumers to make qualifying purchases without paying the state’s 6 percent sales tax on select Energy ...Read More