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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Garrett Receives Funding to Combat Youth Substance Abuse

The Garrett County Health Department receives its second year of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Local Drug Crisis Grant funding. Initially awarded in 2021 with the help of Congressman David Trone, Garrett is the recipient of a five-year CARA grant worth $50,000 per year. The grant has supported the county's Drug-Free Communities Coalition program, charged with reducing and preventing substance abuse by promoting youth substance abuse prevention strategies. The program includes members of the county's…

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Cecil Recognizes Tourism Partners

The Cecil County Tourism Partner Appreciation Breakfast recognized more than fifty businesses and organizations that partner with the County on marketing, sponsorship, discounts, promotions, events, and travel writer visits. “We were thrilled to bring this annual event back after a two-year hiatus due to covid,” said Tourism Manager Sandy Turner. “The event gives us the chance to appreciate and thank our generous partners for all their amazing support.” According to a County press release:  In…

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Paper Shortage Causing Headaches for Local Election Officials

Paper supply chain challenges concern election officials ahead of 2022 elections. According to Route Fifty, some state elections offices are having such a hard time finding paper that they could face missing legal deadlines for mailing ballots and notices in the upcoming elections. Election officials face a critical shortage of paper for election materials like voter registration forms, ballots, mail-in vote envelopes, and voter instruction materials. Ballots, in particular, can only be printed on a…

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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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Baltimore City Boosts Fight Against Food Insecurity by $26 Million

Baltimore City is boosting its fight against food insecurity driven by the COVID-19 pandemic with an additional $11 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, bringing the City's total ARPA commitment to $26 million. During the pandemic, food insecurity rates across the City increased from 18% to 21.7%, with 33% of children being food insecure. Similarly, SNAP participation skyrocketed, rising from 25% of Baltimore City residents to over 33% (approximately 200,000 people). Baltimore City Mayor…

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Anne Arundel Wins Two 2022 NACo Achievement Awards

Anne Arundel County has won two 2022 NACo Achievement Awards in County Resiliency and Health categories. The National Association of Counties (NACo) is pleased to announce the winners for the 2022 Achievement Awards. All winners are available in our searchable awards database, where winning programs are searchable by year, category and state dating back to 2009. County Resiliency: Anne Arundel County’s Bureau of Watershed Protection & Restoration (BWPR) implemented its Full Delivery of Water Quality Improvements…

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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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Available Now: “Infrastructure School” Webinars

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the White House released a guidebook for state and local leaders outlining resources on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The guidebook is a roadmap to the funding available under the law and an explanatory document that shows, in as much detail as currently available, program-by-program information. Over the past few months, federal officials hosted a series of webinars dubbed "Infrastructure School" on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook and a deeper…

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