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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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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Montgomery Can Crushing King – Cecil & Mid-Shore Runners Up

A report by MDE shows that Montgomery has the highest recycling rate statewide, followed by Cecil and Mid-Shore.  According to statistics released by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Montgomery County's recycling rate of 58.94 percent of solid waste created tops all other counties in Maryland. The report focused on 2020, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Cecil County was second to Montgomery County with a recycling rate of 58.69 percent,…

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Maryland Dept. of Agriculture Opens Conservation Grants

Maryland's Soil Conservation Districts are now accepting grant applications. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be the raising of cost-share funding caps for 34 qualifying conservative-minded best management practices (BMPs). Effective May 2, 2022, the cost-share ceiling for these BMPs increased to $75,000 per project. This applies to all eligible BMP components, which are based on approved flat rates. According to the press release: “Our state has a strong agricultural cost-share program that supports…

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State to Establish Office of Resilience

Legislation creating an Office of Resilience within the Maryland Department of Emergency Management goes into effect this October.  In response to the effects of climate change, Maryland will establish the Office of Resilience with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM). This new office is the result of leadership from Senator Katie Fry Hester (Carroll and Howard Counties), Speaker Pro Sheree Sample-Hughes (Dorchester and Wicomico Counties), and Delegate Courtney Watson (Howard County); all of whom…

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Baltimore County Lands Major Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

Baltimore County will soon play host to a 54,000 square foot electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing facility as the EV market expands both in state and globally.  Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation, a technology developer and manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles and drivetrain systems for material handling machineries and vehicles, has selected Baltimore County for the next phase of the company’s major U.S. expansion. Greenland conducted a comprehensive national selection process before selecting Maryland earlier this year,…

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White House Aims to Streamline Environmental Permits to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes $973 billion over five years from fiscal 2022 through fiscal 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power, broadband, cybersecurity, energy, environmental remediation, resilience, and more. To make the most of these historic investments and ensure infrastructure projects are delivered on time and budget, the Biden-Harris Administration is releasing a new Permitting Action Plan to…

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Queen Anne’s and Chesapeake Bay Trust Partner on Restoration Programs

Queen Anne’s County Partners with Chesapeake Bay Trust for Outreach and Restoration Grant Program.  Queen Anne’s County and the Chesapeake Bay Trust recently put out a request for proposal (RFP) for the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program (ORGP). The application deadline is August 10. This grant program encourages outreach, community engagement activities, and on-the-ground restoration projects that increase knowledge, change behavior, and accelerate stewardship of natural resources that involve residents in restoring local green spaces,…

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Anne Arundel Appoints Interim Resilience Head

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman recently appointed an Interim Head of the County's new Resilience Authority.  Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis announced the selection of Dan Nees as Interim Executive Director of the Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. As Interim Director, Nees will lead efforts to launch, establish, and position the Authority for long-term success. According to the press release:  “Getting this Resilience Authority operating is possibly the…

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