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WBAL: Reports: ​Piles of Sediment Trapped Behind Conowingo Dam Reach Capacity

CONOWINGO, Md. — Mounting scientific reports reveal piles of pollution trapped behind the Conowingo Dam have reached capacity. In a few weeks, Gov. Larry Hogan will convene a summit to examine one of the biggest environmental issues facing Maryland… Read the entire article.

WJZ: Maryland Plans Lawsuit Against EPA Under Clean Air Act

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration announced plans Thursday to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, if the agency doesn’t respond to Maryland’s request to make sure power plants in neighboring states use pollution controls… Read the entire article.

Baltimore Sun: In Maryland, Rescuing Food That Might Otherwise be Wasted

On one end of this particular food chain are boxes of dinged-up tomatoes, spotty avocados and other perfectly edible yet rejected fruits and vegetables that pile up at the Maryland Wholesale Produce Market in Jessup. On the other end are the estimated one in four residents of Baltimore who ...Read More

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 ...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 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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...Read More