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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

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 ...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 ...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 ...Read More

Frederick News-Post: Maryland seeks EPA’s help to clear the air with other states

Maryland utilities have invested billions of dollars to improve air quality in the state, but those efforts won’t mean as much if other states don’t do their part to reduce their own power-plant emissions. That’s why the Maryland Department of the Environment filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants

Maryland environmental regulators are asking their federal counterparts to crack down on 19 coal plants in five other states whose emissions — carried hundreds of miles by the wind — make the air here unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days… Read the entire article.

Daily Record: Advocates spread the word about lead-paint testing

Shana Boscak is overwhelmed with feelings — “guilt and anger and a lot of shame” and a little luck — as she holds her son, Zoltan, and introduces the happy, smiling baby as a “lead-poisoned child.” Zoltan’s elevated lead levels were discovered after mandatory lead testing at his one-year ...Read More