Webinar: The Way Out through State and Local Aid

Join the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) for a bipartisan economists’ panel on the urgent need for substantial state and local aid as part of the next coronavirus relief package. As counties work to protect their residents, local businesses, and economies from the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are making significant financial investments to address immediate public health and safety needs. At the same time, counties are experiencing massive and unprecedented declines in revenue…

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Worcester Preserves an Additional 1,800 Acres

This summer Worcester County has conserved an additional 1,801 acres of land through permanent easements. Worcester County Environmental Programs (WCEP) professionals, in partnership with the Board of Public Works have added three new easements, two of which are located in the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy Area (RLA) and one in the Coastal Bays RLA. The preservation projects represent a $1.8 million investment in permanent land preservation. “Preserving and protecting contiguous, productive, and valuable farm and…

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PSC Hearing Set for Proposed Allegany Solar Project

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has announced they will hold a virtual public hearing on the proposed Jade Meadow solar project in Allegany County on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  The proposed 19.84 MW solar generating project is planned to be constructed on 113 acres of land previously used for surface coal mining in Frostburg. In July the Allegany County Board of Commissioners announced their support for the project through a letter…

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Urges Senate to Extend 2020 Census Deadline

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) wrote to U.S. Senate leadership urging them to extend the 2020 census deadline by four months to ensure a complete and accurate count. In their letter, the association asks for adequate funding to address challenges presented by the pandemic, and a four month extension to the statutory reporting deadline. COG urges the Senate to follow the House of Representative's lead and include an extension of the 2020…

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COVID and the Future of Planning Webinar

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the American Planning Association for a free webinar that discusses street design tools and techniques that promote walkability and public health. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how we live, work, play and move around our communities. It also has changed how planners think about and prepare for the future, while navigating the impacts of social inequity. Petra Hurtado and Jo Peña of the American Planning Association explain how APA…

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Private Partnership to Build Anaerobic Digestion Facility in Somerset

Site preparation is underway for a new anaerobic digestion plant in Somerset County thanks to a private partnership between enviro-tech company CleanBay Renewables Inc. and construction and engineering company Kiewit Corporation. Through the partnership, Kiewit will design and build CleanBay's bio-refinery in Westover, which will have the ability to recycle more than 150,000 tons of chicken litter annually for conversion to natural gas and fertilizer product. CleanBay will invest $200 million in capital for the…

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Report: Maryland Leads States in Emissions Reductions

A new report from the World Resources Institute indicates that Maryland has the highest percentage reduction in carbon dioxide emissions among all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Maryland is leading the nation in cutting emissions with a 38 percent reduction from 2005-2017. The study cites many factors for Maryland's success, namely the rapid switch away from coal to natural gas, and participation in programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that has…

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Trump Signs Landmark Conservation Bill

Today, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The landmark conservation bill provides $900 million annually for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the roughly $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog for federal lands. Conservation advocates have seen many highs and lows since the bills introduction earlier this year. The President and congressional leadership initially signaled support for the move, but set it aside upon the arrival of the pandemic.…

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USDA Invests More Than $13 Million for Rural Broadband in Talbot County

Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they were investing more than $13 million to provide rural broadband to parts of Talbot County.  The USDA is sending more than $13 million to Easton Utilities Commission for the deployment of a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that will connect thousands in Talbot County to high-speed internet. The grant comes from a second wave of USDA "ReConnect" funding, this time made possible through an allocation included in…

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Baltimore County Reaches Agreement to Recycle Glass

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today that the County has started a new glass recycling program after reaching a ten-year agreement with CAP Glass, one of the nations largest glass recycling companies. The County has agreed to deliver glass from the Cockeysville Materials Recovery Facility to the Cap Glass facility in Baltimore City for processing, after which the marketable glass will be sent to OI Glass, Inc. to make new glass containers. The effort…

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