ELBC Highlights Latest Environmental Business Trends

The Maryland Environmental Service has announced a revised list of speakers and topics for the 2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference (EBLC). Speakers include members from the administration of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, county officials, academics, and representatives from private businesses. EBLC can be educational to not only private sector environmental businesses, but also to the government, nonprofit, and academic sectors. From the MES webpage on EBLC: At the 2019 EBLC, you’ll build your knowledge about…

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Chesapeake Bay 2018 Report Card: Watershed’s Health Declines Due to Heavy Rainfall

A Bay Journal article (2019-05-22) reported that in its recently released 2018 report card, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) gave the Chesapeake Bay a lower health score than in 2017. The drop from 54% to 46% was primarily due to the region's extremely level of rainfall. Despite the eight-percentage point drop, the Bay still maintained an overall health grade of "C." The article indicated that the Bay received its lowest grade from the…

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MACo Submits Comments on “A Better Maryland”

MACo offered both praise and constructive criticism in its comments on the draft of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. State law has required the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) to develop a statewide development plan for several decades. The Administration of Governor Martin O'Malley created the first plan, called PlanMaryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan rescinded PlanMaryland and ordered the drafting of a new plan via Executive Order in 2017. MDP developed the new plan…

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Counties Converse on Land Conservation at MET Conference

County elected officials and professional staff turned out to discussed the importance of land conservation at an annual conference hosted by the Maryland Environmental Trust. The Maryland Land Conservation Conference & Symposium focused on land preservation from agricultural, environmental, historical, and recreational perspectives. The second day of the Conference focused entirely on the role of counties in land preservation efforts. The Conference was held on May 16 and 17 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthincum…

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Howard County Hosts 27th Annual Wine in the Woods

The Howard County Recreation and Parks Department hosted its annual "Wine in the Woods" festival in Symphony Woods at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on May 18 and 19. The festival, now in its 27th year, highlighted Maryland wineries as well as local crafts and food. The festival attracted thousands of people from across the state. This year's event included over 20 wineries (including Winecream), 10 restaurants, 12 specialty food vendors, 30 artisan and craft…

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Elrich Cautious on Ending Incineration in Montgomery

A Washington Post article (2019-05-09) showed the ongoing challenges counties face in disposing of trash. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has committed to closing down the County's trash incinerator but is moving slowly while the County figures out how to deal with the 1,800 tons of trash that is currently sent to the incinerator every day. The article stated that while an anti-incinerator group supports sending the trash to a landfill while the County works…

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Program Open Space Repayment Funding on Hold

When local Program Open Space (POS) distributions are made this July, they will not include $8.5 million in repayments for local POS cuts from prior budget years. The Maryland General Assembly has placed restrictions on the release of the repayment funding from the Dedicated Purpose Account and Governor Larry Hogan has not yet decided whether he will release the repayment funding under the imposed restrictions. The full normal local POS funding for FY 2020, totaling…

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Court Case Highlights Murky Area Between Discovery & the PIA

A Daily Record article (2019-05-09) highlighted the murky area that exists between the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) and discovery for a criminal or civil case. The article reported that Baltimore County has accused plaintiffs in an ongoing federal lawsuit against the County are trying to circumvent the normal discovery process by making PIA requests. The County has sent a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Chasanow asking for the Court's intervention. Court rules prohibit parties…

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Pension Benefit Case Holds Baltimore City Liable to Retirees but Not Active Members

A Daily Record article (2019-05-13) reported that a recent circuit court case held that  Baltimore City is liable for damages based on changes made to its police and firefighter pension system that eliminated a benefit. However, the damages only apply to retirees and retirement-eligible members and do not apply to other active members of the pension system. The case is Robert F. Cherry Jr. et al. v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore City and the opinion…

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Commentary: Are Rural Areas Doomed to Stagnation?

In a commentary piece for The Conversation (2019-05-07), Iowa State University Associate Scientist of Economics David Swenson postulated that rural areas throughout the nation will likely continue to see economic and population declines. In the commentary, Davis stated: "[t]he facts are clear and unarguable. Most of the nation's smaller urban and rural counties are not growing and will not grow." Davis noted that metropolitan counties (counties with central cities with 50,000+ population) received about 99% of…

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