Public Health Archive

Portions of St. Mary’s County waterway reclassified as restricted from shellfish harvesting

PORTIONS OF ST. MARY’S COUNTY WATERWAY RECLASSIFIED AS RESTRICTED FROM SHELLFISH HARVESTING Reclassifications affect portions of St. Mary’s River; portions of waterways in Dorchester, Somerset counties also reclassified; actions are necessary to protect public health and ensure Maryland remains in compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program BALTIMORE (May ...Read More

Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and  the Chesapeake Bay

Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and  the Chesapeake Bay Grants and loans will reduce pollution, improve drinking water system BALTIMORE (May 11, 2022) – The Maryland Board of Public Works in Annapolis approved more than $7 million in grants and loans today to reduce pollution ...Read More

Portions of Maryland waterways reclassified for shellfish harvesting

PORTIONS OF MARYLAND WATERWAYS RECLASSIFIED FOR SHELLFISH HARVESTING Portion of Talbot County waterway to open for shellfish harvesting; other reclassifications affect waterways in St. Mary’s, Somerset, Wicomico counties BALTIMORE (May 6, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment has approved a portion of an Eastern Shore waterway for ...Read More

New Air Quality Forecasting System Unveiled

New Air Quality Forecasting System Unveiled Forecast zones increase from four to 10, ensure more accuracy BALTIMORE (May 5, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has unveiled a new air quality forecasting system for the state that more than doubles the number of designated areas where ...Read More

MDE issues second report on sampling of Maryland public drinking water systems for PFAS

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES SECOND REPORT ON SAMPLING OF MARYLAND PUBLIC DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS FOR PFAS Phase 2 of sampling initiative finds no levels greater than EPA health advisory; MDE has reported results for sampling of systems serving about 70% of state’s population; third phase of sampling ongoing ...Read More

Sec. Grumbles directs Maryland Environmental Service to take charge of Back River WWTP

MARYLAND ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY GRUMBLES DIRECTS MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE TO TAKE CHARGE OF BACK RIVER WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT Directive for Maryland Environmental Service to oversee operations at Baltimore City-owned plant to protect public health and the environment follows city’s failure to comply with March 24 order requiring demonstration that it ...Read More

Secretary Grumbles issues order demanding immediate end to illegal discharges at Back River WWTP

MARYLAND ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY GRUMBLES ISSUES ORDER DEMANDING IMMEDIATE END TO ILLEGAL DISCHARGES AT BACK RIVER WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTOrder cites ongoing and worsening operational deficiencies at state’s largest sewage treatment plant, requires demonstration of compliance with all discharge permit conditions within 48 hours BALTIMORE (March 24, 2022) – Maryland Environment ...Read More

Maryland drinking water project receives national honor for excellence in problem solving 

MARYLAND DRINKING WATER PROJECT RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR FOR EXCELLENCE IN PROBLEM SOLVING U.S. EPA recognizes Maryland American Water for improvements to drinking water system serving Bel Air in Harford County; project addressed problems cited by Maryland Department of the Environment, received funding through the state agency BALTIMORE (March 3, 2022) ...Read More

Kent Narrows temporarily opening for shellfish harvesting

KENT NARROWS TEMPORARILY OPENING FOR SHELLFISH HARVESTING Recent water quality investigation, minimal boating activities in winter justify temporary opening; separate waterway in St. Mary’s County reclassified for shellfish harvesting; both changes effective Monday BALTIMORE (Jan. 26, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is temporarily reclassifying waters ...Read More

MDE issues emergency closure to shellfish harvesting in portion of Potomac River

DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ISSUES EMERGENCY CLOSURE TO SHELLFISH HARVESTING IN PORTION OF POTOMAC RIVEROrder issued after report of sewage spill into Virginia creek that feeds the Potomac BALTIMORE (Jan. 22, 2022) – The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has issued an emergency order closing a portion of ...Read More
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