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Herald-Mail: Washington County gets $216K for septic-system upgrades

State officials this week approved $14 million in grant funding to be used for upgrading septic systems throughout rural regions of Maryland. Approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works in Annapolis on Wednesday, the money will be split between the state’s 23 counties, with Washington County slated to receive $216,000, according ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore smog meets federal limit, but people still at risk from pollution

First the good news: Baltimore isn’t so smoggy anymore. The region’s air pollution, once second-worst in the nation, has cleared up so much that levels of breath-robbing ozone in spring and summer no longer exceed the limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Read the entire article.

Aegis: Aberdeen Proving Ground to build $40 million cogeneration electric power, steam plant

Aberdeen Proving Ground officials broke ground Wednesday for a cogeneration power that is expected to provide 80 percent of energy needs for the installation’s Edgewood Area. The Combined Heat and Power Plant, or CHP, will produce both steam and electricity. The plant’s steam output is expected to replace steam ...Read More

Daily Record: New Md. environmental chief: Enforcement not ‘first step’

The new head of the Maryland Department of the Environment is promising better relations with businesses in the state but said environmental groups need not be worried he will be a rubber stamp. Ben Grumbles, Gov. Larry Hogan’s choice to lead the environmental agency, said his challenge will be ...Read More

WRC-TV: Taking a Dip in Maryland and Delaware: What’s in the Water at the Beach?

…The News4 I-Team took the results Cindy and dozens of other scientists like her have been collecting in the last five years to make this map, showing you what they found and how often our local beaches have “swimming advisories.”… Read the entire article.

Chesapeake Bay Program: Data sharing arrangement could lead to reduced pollution from onsite wastewater systems

Representatives from states across the Bay region recently signed a cooperative accord that will help reduce the amount of nitrogen flowing from onsite wastewater systems into local waterways. At the Chesapeake Bay Program office last week, representatives from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia signed a Memorandum of ...Read More

Your4State: Washington County Activates New Solar Field in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. – There may have been a rainstorm, but the sun still shined brightly on Earth Day in Washington County. Government and business leaders activated the county’s newest solar field at Kemps Mill Park near Williamsport. Their ultimate goal is to become the first county in Maryland to ...Read More

Herald-Mail: Washington County shines in role as state’s solar ‘powerhouse’

WILLIAMSPORT — Maryland’s top environmental official said Wednesday that Washington County is quickly becoming known as “Solar County, Maryland” thanks to its state-leading number of completed solar projects with more on the way…. Read the article.

Baltimore Sun: Oyster harvest at Kent Narrows seen as winter boost for watermen

As dawn broke over the still waters of Kent Narrows on Monday, a couple of workboats carrying watermen ventured out in search of oysters. For the first time in six years, state regulators have opened the Narrows in Queen Anne’s County to shellfish harvesting — a rare instance of ...Read More

Aegis: Maryland environment chief talks about importance of groundwater in visit to Hickory Elementary

Maryland Secretary of the Environment Benjamin H. Grumbles visited Hickory Elementary School Wednesday as part of the observance of National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 8 to 14. Grumbles talked to a group of 50 Hickory Elementary fifth-grade students. He was joined by officials with the Harford County Health Department ...Read More