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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

WJZ: Clearing the Air at the Port

BALTIMORE, Md. (WJZ)– Clearing the air, literally. More changes are coming to the Port of Baltimore in an effort to keep it environmentally friendly for the future… Read the entire article.

Herald-Mail: Officials break ground on upgrades to Washington County sewage plant

The same day as the 44th anniversary of the EPA’s Clean Water Act, Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles said Washington County continues to prove itself as an environmental leader — locally, regionally and beyond… Read the entire article.

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: Md. takes a smart approach on septics

Environmental economics research professor writes: Even though advanced septic pollution controls are highly effective at removing nitrogen, for many locations, the nitrogen removed would never have reached a place where it could do harm. With flexibility, local governments will have the option to spend money in ways that will most ...Read More

WMAR: Could a new grant help to improve the Baltimore’s sewer issues?

The city of Baltimore is getting a little help when it comes to its sewer issues; $20 million to be exact. The grant comes from the state of Maryland to help prevent sewer overflows throughout the city and improve infrastructure in the Patapsco and Herring Run sewer sheds… Read ...Read More