Fish and shellfish program Archive

Portion of Dorchester Co. waterway reclassified as restricted from shellfish harvesting

PORTION OF DORCHESTER COUNTY WATERWAY RECLASSIFIED AS RESTRICTED FROM SHELLFISH HARVESTING Portion of Fishing Creek, Little Choptank River reclassified due to potential public health risk associated with failing wastewater system BALTIMORE (June 13, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has reclassified a portion of a waterway ...Read More

Portions of St. Mary’s County waterway reclassified as restricted from shellfish harvesting

PORTIONS OF ST. MARY’S COUNTY WATERWAY RECLASSIFIED AS RESTRICTED FROM SHELLFISH HARVESTING Reclassifications affect portions of St. Mary’s River; portions of waterways in Dorchester, Somerset counties also reclassified; actions are necessary to protect public health and ensure Maryland remains in compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program BALTIMORE (May ...Read More

Portions of Maryland waterways reclassified for shellfish harvesting

PORTIONS OF MARYLAND WATERWAYS RECLASSIFIED FOR SHELLFISH HARVESTING Portion of Talbot County waterway to open for shellfish harvesting; other reclassifications affect waterways in St. Mary’s, Somerset, Wicomico counties BALTIMORE (May 6, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment has approved a portion of an Eastern Shore waterway for ...Read More

MDE issues second report on sampling of Maryland public drinking water systems for PFAS

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES SECOND REPORT ON SAMPLING OF MARYLAND PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS FOR PFAS Phase 2 of sampling initiative finds no levels greater than EPA health advisory; MDE has reported results for sampling of systems serving about 70% of state’s population; third phase of sampling ongoing ...Read More

Portion of Talbot County waterway reclassified as restricted for shellfish harvesting

PORTION OF TALBOT COUNTY WATERWAY RECLASSIFIED AS RESTRICTED FOR SHELLFISH HARVESTING BALTIMORE (March 11, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment has reclassified a portion of a waterway in Talbot County to close it to shellfish harvesting. One hundred and ninety three acres of waters in Irish Creek ...Read More

Kent Narrows temporarily opening for shellfish harvesting

KENT NARROWS TEMPORARILY OPENING FOR SHELLFISH HARVESTING Recent water quality investigation, minimal boating activities in winter justify temporary opening; separate waterway in St. Mary’s County reclassified for shellfish harvesting; both changes effective Monday BALTIMORE (Jan. 26, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is temporarily reclassifying waters ...Read More

MDE issues emergency closure to shellfish harvesting in portion of Potomac River

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES EMERGENCY CLOSURE TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING IN PORTION OF POTOMAC RIVEROrder issued after report of sewage spill into Virginia creek that feeds the Potomac BALTIMORE (Jan. 22, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has issued an emergency order closing a portion of ...Read More

eMDE – Ben’s Blog: 2021 – A Year Like No Other; radon awareness and more

2021: A Year Like No Other Covid, Climate, and Chesapeake Bay dominated much of 2021, with environmental equity, infrastructure, and resiliency themes running through each and connecting all, just like our digital IT progress at MDE COVID-19 has been a wild, evolving and painful roller-coaster ride. In 2021, MDE ...Read More

MDE issues emergency closure to shellfish harvesting in portion of Potomac River

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES EMERGENCY CLOSURE TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING IN PORTION OF POTOMAC RIVER Order issued after report of sewage spill on St. George Island area of St. Mary’s County BALTIMORE (Nov. 29, 2021) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has issued an emergency order closing ...Read More

Department of the Environment issues first fish consumption advisory for PFAS

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES FIRST FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORY FOR PFAS Recommended limits issued for three species caught in Piscataway Creek as part of Maryland’s comprehensive response to risks BALTIMORE (Oct. 15, 2021) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has issued its first fish consumption advisory based ...Read More
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