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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

Star Democrat: Campers test water quality with MDE secretary

EASTON — When it comes to breeding a new generation of environmental stewards, it’s important to start them early, said Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles on Wednesday, July 27. Grumbles was at Pickering Creek Audubon Center on Wednesday to run through water quality tests with campers ...Read More

Cecil Whig: Hogan opens door to Conowingo Dam dredging

PORT DEPOSIT — Gov. Larry Hogan chose a cliff overlooking the Conowingo Dam to announce his administration’s sharpened focus on finding out more about the role Susquehanna River sediment plays in the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay… Read the entire article.

Capital Gazette: Our say: There’s some good news for state in the air

Not everything in the past evokes nostalgia. Remember all those Code Red summer days, when warnings went out that it was a good idea for those vulnerable to air pollution — including children, older individuals and people with lung conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis — to limit ...Read More

Capital Gazette: Report: Maryland’s air quality is improving

Marylanders are breathing the cleanest air in years and it’s getting better, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced Monday. That is especially good news for Anne Arundel county residents who in 2000 suffered under the worst air pollution in the state and 11th worst air of any county ...Read More

Bay Journal: Susquehanna lands back on “most endangered rivers” list

Federal legislation would limit Maryland’s ability to demand environmental upgrades at Conowingo dam The Conowingo dam has put the Susquehanna River back on American Rivers’ list of the most endangered rivers in the United States. Read the entire article.

Bay Journal: Maryland stormwater permits upheld, rejecting complaints they’re not tough enough

State appeals court sides with state regulators; environmental groups file another suit against EPA over tributary cleanup plans Environmental regulators acted within the law in giving Maryland’s largest localities some leeway in deciding how to reduce polluted runoff from their streets, buildings and parking lots, the state’s highest court ...Read More