EPA Launches Food Waste Management Grants

Federal grants of up to $300,000 are available to local governments for projects to reduce food loss and divert food waste from landfills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant applications for projects that expand anerobic digester capacity. Keeping organic materials out of landfills by diverting food waste to anaerobic digestion has several benefits including a prevention of excess methane and carbon dioxide emissions, and reducing nutrient loss. EPA anticipates awarding up to…

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Pandemic Underscores Importance of Parks and Open Space Funding

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the value of public parks and demonstrated a need for increased investment to prepare for the future. Local parks and open space have seen large increases in usage during the pandemic as residents seek places to exercise and relief from cabin fever. So many people are crowding parks that local officials have had to take action to discourage crowds and keep visitors safe, even going as far as temporarily removing…

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State Soil Conservation Committee to Meet May 21

The State Soil Conservation Committee will meet Thursday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m. via conference call. The State Soil Conservation Committee provides guidance to the Maryland Department of Agriculture on issues such as soil conservation and water quality policy. The Committee is made up of members from various state departments and regional representatives. The Committee's upcoming meeting is open to the public and will focus on soil conservation and water quality program implementation and policy…

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Montgomery Issues Guidance on Reusable Bag Use During Pandemic

Montgomery County shows the best practices for reusable bag use to keep residents safe while continuing to be eco-friendly. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis reusable bags have been a subject of discussion, with some groups claiming they present another medium for virus transmission. This has put state and local programs to reduce shopper dependence on single-use bags under fire for encouraging reusable bag usage. In response, many governments have either suspended their programs…

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Free Agricultural Mediation Webinar

Join the National Agricultural Law Center for a free webinar to learn about the benefits of agricultural mediation and how it could positively impact your business or community. The National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar entitled "Mediation as a Problem Solving Tool for Farmers and Agribusiness" on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00pm. The webinar will explore (1) The range of situations in which mediation has been proven to helpful…

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HUD Awards Over $2.5 Million for Housing in Maryland

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the allocation of over $2.5 million in funds for housing in Maryland as part of the fourth round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act awards. Today HUD announced $2,598,236 to local housing authorities and the Maryland Department Of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as a portion of the over $75 million dollars awarded by the Department nationwide. This…

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Feds Give $6 Million to Bay States for Ag Runoff Reduction

Six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will receive a total of $6 million towards efforts to reduce agricultural runoff. On the same day they are officially informed that lawsuits are inbound alleging they have failed to enforce pollution reduction in the Chesapeake Bay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the award of a combined $6 million to states in the Bay watershed to reduce excess agricultural runoff. From the EPA: “We have determined…

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Multiple Groups Signal Intent to Sue EPA Over Bay Pollution

EPA is likely to face lawsuits from several groups arguing that the Agency has failed to hold individual states accountable for deficient Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction plans. A coalition of State Attorneys General, and a group lead by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) that includes Anne Arundel County, announced today that they are filing notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The groups allege that under the federal Clean Water Act,…

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FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Webinar

The FCC is hosting a webinar discussing funding for rural areas to bridge the digital divide this Wednesday, May 20, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Several offices within the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) are hosting a webinar for state and local governments on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction. Through the auction the FCC will be awarding $16 billion for broadband deployment to service providers in underserved areas. According to the FCC…

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Queen Anne’s to Move Forward With Stage One of COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Queen Anne’s County will move forward with Phase One of Maryland’s coronavirus recovery plan today at 5pm.  Queen Anne's County today announced that it will move forward with Stage One of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,” today, Friday May 15th at 5pm. Stage One includes rescinding the stay at home order and replacing it with a Safer at Home Public Health Advisory, allowing retail stores, certain service providers, and places of worship to open…

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