Queen Anne’s Launches Fishing Line Recycling Program

Queen Anne's County is working to reduce fishing line litter with the launch of a new countywide recycling program. Used fishing line litter can be very detrimental to the coastal habitat. The material is very durable and can tangle around wildlife, crippling them and causing damage to the ecosystem. Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Plastic Free QAC, the town of Centreville, Berkley, and the Chesapeake Environmental Center to encourage recycling of…

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Baltimore City Expanding Eviction Prevention Program

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott has announced an expansion of the City’s Eviction Prevention Program that will provide more resources to tenants. In an effort to support long-term housing stability, Baltimore City is creating a fund that will help cover security deposits for renters up to $2,000 per unit. Residents must have an income of 125 percent of the federal poverty level and provide documentation of a security deposit requirement to be eligible. “All Baltimoreans…

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Calvert Parks and Recreation Asks Residents to Share Their Park Stories

The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation is gearing up to celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in July. County parks have provided an invaluable resource to residents, especially during the pandemic. The Department is inviting residents to share their park and recreation stories to be featured during National Park and Recreation Month in July. According to Calvert County: Residents are invited to record a video, up to one minute long, about what parks…

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Anne Arundel Approves Resilience Authority

This week, the Anne Arundel County Council passed legislation to establish a local resilience authority. The resilience authority will be a partnership with the City of Annapolis and will help both local governments accelerate infrastructure financing to mitigate the effects of climate change. “I want to thank the County Council for passing legislation to create a Resilience Authority, and I want to thank our lead sponsors in the Maryland General Assembly - Senator Sarah Elfreth…

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Carroll Confirms Director of Land and Resource Management

The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners has announced the promotion of Christopher Heyn to Director of the Department of Land and Resource Management. Heyn has served as acting director of the department since March 2021, and was promoted to director earlier this week. He started with Carroll County in 2010 as the Engineering Reviewer in the Bureau of Development Review and has since served in a number of other roles for the County including…

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Montgomery DOT Wins National Award for Customer Service

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has received a technology award from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) for customer service. The award recognizes the department for its efforts to advance important infrastructure projects while navigating the complex public meeting requirements due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The department quickly adapted to the changing landscape and used technology to remain effective and keep projects on track. The virtual format for hearings was able to recreate…

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Baltimore County Launches Traffic Stop Dashboard

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has announced the release of a new interactive dashboard displaying data regarding local police traffic stops. The dashboard will allow users to view stop, search, and arrest trends over time, demographic statistics, and other related data. The new tool represents the latest measure from Baltimore County to increase transparency and accountability. The dashboard was created by the County's BCSTAT team and the Baltimore County Police Department to display the number…

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MD Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $28 Million to Address Health Disparities in Minority and Rural Communities

Maryland's Congressional Delegation announced this week that nearly $28 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds will make its way to Maryland to help strengthen health equity initiatives in high-risk and underserved communities across the state. Maryland will benefit from $27,943,554 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. $21,211,178 will go to the Maryland Department of Health while $6,732,376 will be directed…

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Montgomery Launching Video Challenge to Celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is engaging residents for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week by encouraging video submissions to show support and enthusiasm for clean water and the beauty of the Bay. Montgomery County is reminding residents that all waterways in the area eventually run into the Chesapeake Bay. DEP is asking that interested residents submit short videos showing their enthusiasm for the environment based on a daily theme each day from June…

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Baltimore County Acquires Another Large Site for Open Space

This week, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced that the County has secured a 24.5 acre site in the Lutherville-Timonium area to be designated as open space. The site currently has a sizeable recreation space including several baseball fields. The area was threatened by development pressure and destined to become a residential prior to the County stepping in to ensure local residents would continue to have access. The acquisition also preserves additional green space in…

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