Heavy Holiday Traffic Expected On Bay Bridge

MDTA recently released guidance as to how best to avoid heavy Memorial Day traffic on the Bay Bridge.  With the upcoming Memorial Day holiday serving as the unofficial start of summer travel season, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is urging motorists to commit to safe driving practices, and travel off-peak to minimize delays when crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Motorists may also find time savings by utilizing the I-95 northern route traveling the Tydings Bridge…

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New Study Finds Fewer than 6% of US Plastics are Recycled

A new report from Beyond Plastics finds that only 6% of plastics in the US are recycled annually.  A report recently published by the nonprofit Beyond Plastics has found that only 6% of plastics in the US are recycled. As far back as 2014, the US was recycling just under 10% of plastics, but that amount has been cut in half to somewhere between 5% - 6%. On top of the sharp decrease in recycling,…

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MDE Unveils Air Quality Forecasting System

As part of Clean Air Month, MDE recently unveiled a new statewide air quality forecasting system. 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 forecasts and current conditions are available. New Air Monitoring Program of the Air and Radiation Administration maps can be found here. The more localized statewide maps offer more exacting forecasts of…

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$1 Montgomery Bus Fares Starting in July

Montgomery County will be ending its bus fare holiday starting in July, with plans to charge $1 per ride.  Last Thursday, Montgomery County Council passed a budget ending the two-year fare holiday for county bus riders. Starting in July, fares will be $1 per ride, half of the pre-pandemic fare of $2 per ride. This new increase puts Montgomery in line with neighboring Prince George's, who also reduced fares to $1 per ride. County leaders…

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Montgomery Can Crushing King – Cecil & Mid-Shore Runners Up

A report by MDE shows that Montgomery has the highest recycling rate statewide, followed by Cecil and Mid-Shore.  According to statistics released by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Montgomery County's recycling rate of 58.94 percent of solid waste created tops all other counties in Maryland. The report focused on 2020, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Cecil County was second to Montgomery County with a recycling rate of 58.69 percent,…

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Maryland Dept. of Agriculture Opens Conservation Grants

Maryland's Soil Conservation Districts are now accepting grant applications. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be the raising of cost-share funding caps for 34 qualifying conservative-minded best management practices (BMPs). Effective May 2, 2022, the cost-share ceiling for these BMPs increased to $75,000 per project. This applies to all eligible BMP components, which are based on approved flat rates. According to the press release: “Our state has a strong agricultural cost-share program that supports…

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State to Establish Office of Resilience

Legislation creating an Office of Resilience within the Maryland Department of Emergency Management goes into effect this October.  In response to the effects of climate change, Maryland will establish the Office of Resilience with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM). This new office is the result of leadership from Senator Katie Fry Hester (Carroll and Howard Counties), Speaker Pro Sheree Sample-Hughes (Dorchester and Wicomico Counties), and Delegate Courtney Watson (Howard County); all of whom…

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Baltimore County Lands Major Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

Baltimore County will soon play host to a 54,000 square foot electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing facility as the EV market expands both in state and globally.  Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation, a technology developer and manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles and drivetrain systems for material handling machineries and vehicles, has selected Baltimore County for the next phase of the company’s major U.S. expansion. Greenland conducted a comprehensive national selection process before selecting Maryland earlier this year,…

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Counties Celebrate EMS Week

Counties across Maryland are marking May 15th through the 21st to celebrate the importance of EMS and EMS personnel. Across Maryland, county leaders are celebrating May 15th through the 21st as (Emergency Medical Service) EMS Week. The celebration is meant to bring together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's frontline. This year’s Emergency Medical Services Week theme, “Rising to the Challenge,” highlights that…

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Queen Anne’s and Chesapeake Bay Trust Partner on Restoration Programs

Queen Anne’s County Partners with Chesapeake Bay Trust for Outreach and Restoration Grant Program.  Queen Anne’s County and the Chesapeake Bay Trust recently put out a request for proposal (RFP) for the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program (ORGP). The application deadline is August 10. This grant program encourages outreach, community engagement activities, and on-the-ground restoration projects that increase knowledge, change behavior, and accelerate stewardship of natural resources that involve residents in restoring local green spaces,…

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