Public Comment & Meeting: Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality

MDE recently released the Draft Combined 2020-2022 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality (IR) for public comment.  In compliance with Sections 303(d), 305(b), and 314 of the Clean Water Act, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) recently released the Draft Combined 2020-2022 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality (IR) is available for public comment.  The public comment period will run until January 17, 2022. The Federal Clean Water Act requires that States assess the quality…

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Clean Chesapeake Coalition to Discuss Priorities at Winter #MACoCon

MACo's Winter Conference, Dec 8-10, 2021, will focus on important local government issues and upcoming policy issues in the 2022 Maryland General Assembly Session. Registrants of MACo's Winter Conference have the opportunity to attend educational sessions, meetings, and briefings to become immersed in the hot topics of the day and prepare for the legislative policy work ahead. One such meeting - a frequent offering at MACo conferences - is the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. From the…

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Harford Graduates Seven in Master Watershed Stewards Academy

Harford County recently graduated seven students from its Master Watershed Stewards Academy. Earlier this month, Harford County graduated seven students from its Master Watershed Stewards Academy. The program was developed by Harford's Watershed Protection and Restoration Office in cooperation with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Office. Master watershed stewards are trained to become community leaders who promote Harford Streams' mission to increase water quality awareness, encourage actions to reduce human impacts to water…

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New App in Baltimore City Cuts Food Waste

A new app launched in Baltimore City aims to drastically reduce the city's uneaten food waste from restaurants.  "Too Good To Go" is an app that brings together customers with leftover goods. The app allows restaurants to post products about to expire at significantly reduced prices. At the end of each day, restaurants pack surplus items into bags and then post the bags on the app to sell. The cost of each bag is a…

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Butterfly-Friendly Solar Portfolio Brought to Maryland

Last week OneEnergy Renewables, CleanChoice Energy (CCE), and Standard Solar announced they would be developing butterfly-friendly solar sites in Maryland. One Renewables, CleanChoice Energy (CCE), and Standard Solar are collaborating on a 24-megawatt  solar portfolio across five counties in Maryland. Each site will have a 'dual-use' function, producing solar energy and acting as a pollinator habitat. Additionally, the project is expected to produce 39,000 megawatt-hours a year of energy, the equivalent of offsetting 30 million…

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Maryland Joins Better Climate Challenge

Today Governor Hogan Announced that Maryland has joined the National Climate Challenge to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Governor Larry Hogan today announced Maryland as the first state in the country to become a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Climate Challenge. The “lead by example” partnership agreement, signed by Secretary Ben Grumbles of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), commits the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in state government operations by…

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Montgomery Executive Announces Innovative Solar Farm

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich met with partners to announce a first-of-its-kind solar farm.  Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich recently met with Ameresco, Inc. and Neighborhood Sun to announce a first-of-its-kind solar farm bringing clean energy to thousands of residents. The project has converted the former Oaks Landfill into the Oaks Landfill Community Solar Farm. This site is the nation’s largest community solar farm to be 100-percent dedicated to low- and moderate-income residents. According to the event…

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Biden Declares America Recycles Day

In an effort to raise awareness about climate change, President Joe Biden has declared November 15th as America Recycles Day. https://twitter.com/EPAMichaelRegan/status/1460269168796782603 Citing many of the nation's recent natural disasters and coming out of the COP26 climate summit, President Joe Biden has declared November 15th as American Recycles Day. According to the Press Release: Communities encompassing the homes of more than 100 million people — about 1 in 3 Americans — have been struck by extreme…

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Public Transit Key to Climate Change Reduction

One of the most significant findings coming out of the COP26 summit is that we must double global public transit investments to meet climate change targets.  This week, many of the world's great powers are participating in the COP26 summit. Diplomats and politicians are trying to come together around a framework to reduce emissions and fight climate change. Simultaneously, the federal government passed a $1.7 trillion infrastructure package, with $284 billion slated for Maryland. The…

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MDE Announces MS4 Permits for Four Large Counties

MDE recently announced new Phase I MS4 permits for Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Montgomery Counties and Baltimore City.  The Maryland Department of Environment recently announced Phase I municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits for four of the state's largest counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Montgomery Counties and Baltimore City. The permits will help reduce pollution headed into the Cheseapeake Bay and are a key part of the bay restoration program. The permits are issued…

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