Chesapeake Bay Given C+ by Center for Environmental Science

The University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science gave the Chesapeake Bay an overall grade of C+ for 2021.  This week, the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science released its annual report detailing the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The report focuses on three main categories (ecological, economic, and societal) to determine the overall quality of the bay. For 2021 the bay received a total health score of 50 out of 100, an improvement…

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USDA Provided $503mil for Improving Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

Recently the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that $503 million would be aimed at improving outdoor recreation and conservation on National Forests.  Recently, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than half a billion dollars through the Great American Outdoors Act to address deferred maintenance, improve infrastructure, increase user access and support rural economies while also meeting conservation goals. Dr. Bronaugh made the announcement near the…

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Baltimore City Mayor Appoints Infrastructure Czar

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott recently established the Mayor's Office of Infrastructure Development, placing Matthew W. Garbark in charge.  Last week, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the creation of the new Mayor’s Office of Infrastructure Development (MOID). The Mayor named Matthew W. Garbark the first-ever Baltimore City Infrastructure Czar, effective July 18, 2022. According to the press release: "I am truly excited to create this new office to coordinate major capital projects,…

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Baltimore City Names Berke Attila as New Director of General Services
Berke Attila, Director, Baltimore City Dept. of General Services
Baltimore City Names Berke Attila as New Director of General Services

Mayor Brandon M. Scott appointed Berke Attila as Baltimore City's next Director of the Department of General Services. Mayor Brandon M. Scott swore in Berke Attila as the new Director of the Department of General Services (DGS). DGS delivers cost-effective, high-quality, reliable, and sustainable services by managing quality facilities, ensuring efficient fleet operations, and maintaining exemplary administrative customer service that supports Baltimore City agencies in advancing their goals. According to the press release: "I am…

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Applications Open for Charles Outreach and Restoration Grant Program

Charles County and the Chesapeake Bay Trust recently opened up applications for the 2023 Outreach and Restoration Grant Program. In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Charles County Government announces the 2023 Outreach and Restoration Grant Program is now open for applications. Non-profit organizations, community and homeowner associations, and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply.  This program encourages outreach, community engagement activities, and on-the-ground restoration projects that increase knowledge, change behavior and accelerate stewardship of natural…

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Port of Baltimore Receives Nearly $16mil. from Feds.

The $15.6 million grant will upgrade the port’s intermodal capabilities and complement the Howard Street Tunnel Project to provide double-stack rail.  The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore will receive $15.6 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Consolidated Rail and Infrastructure Safety Improvements (CRISI) program for its Rail Capacity Modernization Project. The Project will reconstruct and update the Seagirt Marine Terminal’s intermodal rail yard infrastructure and support increased demand for double stacked trains of…

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Hurricane Season is Underway!

Today marks the start of what is anticipated to be a particularly active hurricane season.  State and Federal officials have marked the start of hurricane season by releasing a flurry of emergency preparedness resources and other helpful information. Climate change and the state's miles of coastline give Maryland a particularly acute risk of receiving significant damage from hurricanes or tropical storms. The Maryland Department of Emergency Management's (MDEM) Know Your Zone campaign aims to help…

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Biosolids Addition Completed at Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant

Howard County recently completed a new Biosolids Addition No. 8 at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.  Howard County Executive Calvin Ball recently dedicated the new Biosolids Addition No. 8 at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant. When the project broke ground in 2017, it was the largest capital project in Howard County. The innovative Biosolids Addition No. 8 allowed the County biosolids program to achieve a Class “A” permit. Class A biosolids are disinfected…

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St. Mary’s Receives Recommendation for National Parks and Rec. Accreditation

St. Mary's Department of Recreation and Parks receives recommendation for national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association. After three years of extensive planning and preparation, the St. Mary's Department of Recreation and Parks has recently been recommended for national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) is the only national body for park and recreation agencies. This accreditation is a valuable measure…

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Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Spearhead Effort for New Bay Bridge

Citing increasing congestion, Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's renewed calls for a modern bridge linking the eastern and western ends of the Chesapeake Bay.  First opened in 1952, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has been central to economic development on both sides of the bay. That development has seen an explosion in the number of residents, commuters, and tourists within the region. This burst of activity has coincided with ever-increasing commuter flows, so much so that…

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