Talbot Wastewater Project Among $272M in Federal Projects Through USDA

USDA recently announced a $272 million investment to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, $600,000 of which is headed for Talbot County. The USDA has recently announced $272 million to finance 114 rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. These investments will help improve rural infrastructure for 270,000 people and businesses. Talbot County has one of the selected projects under the USDA's investment scheme and will receive $600,000. According to the USDA's press release:…

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MES Announces Pilot Dredging Project at Conowingo Dam

The Maryland Environmental Service (MES) & Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) are set to begin a Pilot Dredging Project at Conowingo Dam.  In a recent announcement by MES, both MES and MDE are set to begin a Pilot Dredging Project at the Conowingo Dam. This pilot project is an important step toward understanding the role that dredging can play in mitigating the effects of upstream discharges and the lost trapping capacity of the Conowingo…

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Water, Water Everywhere! MD Sees Spike in Sea Level, Flooding

Maryland has seen a significant increase in flooding and sea-level rise over the past two decades.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Maryland has seen increases in precipitation, sea-level rise, and flooding between 2000-2020. Rainfall increased by 2.63 inches per decade and some studies predict the Chesapeake rising by over two feet by 2050. According to the Baltimore Fishbowl:  “There’s a lot of moving parts to this,” said Greg Carbin, the chief…

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BGE Brings BioGas to Maryland

After winning approval from the Public Service Commission in late August, BGE becomes the first Maryland utility to use biogas in its distribution system.  Baltimore Gas and Electric has become the first utility in Maryland to use biogas in its distribution system. The recent addition of this new fuel comes on the heels of the Public Service Commission's late August approval of BGE's request. According to WTOP: “This first RNG project in Maryland [will] jump-start…

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Baltimore County launches Towson Loop

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently announced the launch of the county's first free public transit service, the Transit Loop.  In a move to relieve the crowded streets of Towson and fulfill a promise made during the campaign, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently announced the start of the Towson Loop. The loop is a free mass public transit bus network meant to provide transit service to Towson's core destinations and main attractions. According to…

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MoCo DEP Head Appointed to Regional EPA Leadership

Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Director Adam Ortiz has been named Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mid-Atlantic Region. After almost three years of leading Montgomery County DEP, Adam Ortiz has been appointed Regional Administrator for the EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region. Ortiz will be the first Marylander to serve as EPA Regional Administrator. According to the Montgomery Press Release:  “Our County’s success is a testament to the talented people we recruit and…

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Allegany Announces Broadband Cost Sharing Program

Allegany County has recently announced the creation of a county-wide broadband cost-sharing program for rural residents.  Last Thursday the Allegany County Board of Commissioners voted to establish a $500,000 program for last-mile fiber broadband companies. The funds came from the county's $14 million APRA allotment. Additionally $50,000 was set aside for some households to complete their connection. According to Cumberland Times-News: Jake Shade, commission president, said the county is making broadband access a priority. “The…

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EPA Solicitations for FY2022 Brownfield Grants Open

Now through Dec 1, the EPA is accepting solicitations for its FY2022 Brownfield Grant Program.  The EPA's Brownfield Program recently opened for local governments applications. Guidelines for FY22 grants have recently been revised and can be found on the EPA's website. Available brownfield grants include Assessment Grants, Revolving Loan Fund Grants, and Cleanup Grants. According to the EPA: A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the…

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Harford Transit LINK Named Maryland’s 2021 Outstanding Transit System

Harford County's Transit Link has received the prestigious recognition as Maryland’s 2021 Outstanding Transit System. Harford County’s public bus service has been named Maryland’s top transit system for the third time in five years. Harford Transit LINK received the 2021 Outstanding Transit System Award from the Transportation Association of Maryland in September. County Executive Glassman said in the press release: “I am proud of our team for constantly improving our public transportation system and making…

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*APPLY BEFORE Oct. 29* – MACo Seeks Graduate Fellow

The Maryland Association of Counties is seeking a graduate student for our 2022 Graduate Fellowship.   The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) seeks a Graduate Fellow. This fellow will work closely with staff to support MACo’s mission of representing the 24 counties of Maryland during the 2022 legislative session. The program will last from December 2021 through mid-April 2022. This will be a paid position. If applicable, the fellowship may be eligible for course credit. Fellows…

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