Wrap Up, and Look Ahead, with the Governor at #MACoCon

Be there for the traditional closing session with Governor Hogan, as he reflects on the year (and the conference), and helps Maryland turn the corner toward 2020 and beyond. Each year, MACo's summer conference serves as the unofficial turning point between wrapping up 2019, and looking at ahead to 2020. We are glad to once again host Governor Larry Hogan, as his Saturday morning address will punctuate that shift, and help county and state policymakers…

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Learn the Latest Recycling Requirements at #MACoCon

Get updated on important recycling news, including composting initiatives, new regulations for recycling facilities, and how other states are dealing with recycling market challenges, at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference. Reduce, Reuse...Now What? Description Maryland’s recycling industry is experiencing new challenges and changes. Ongoing market difficulties, composting of food waste, and new regulations for recycling facilities are changing how recycling functions – and how much it costs county governments. Panelists will discuss emerging trends, market…

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No Local Preemption – Court of Appeals Declines to Hear Montgomery County Pesticide Case

In a victory for local governments, the Maryland Court of Appeals has denied a petition to hear an appeal of a lower court decision finding that local governments are not impliedly preempted from regulating the use of pesticides. The decision likely forecloses any further judicial action on the matter. The case is another in a of a string of decisions by the Maryland Courts that concern the regulatory authority of local governments under the doctrine of…

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MES to Run Garrett County’s Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants

A Garrett County Republican article (2017-07-11) reported that the Garret County Commissioners have entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) that will have MES take over operations of the County's water and wastewater treatment plants. The County estimates it will save nearly $100,000 a year from the agreement and allow the County to reduce 13 positions in the Utilities-Operations Department. The agreement allows affected employees to apply to MES with preferential consideration for…

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Conowingo Remains a Conundrum

A Baltimore Sun article (2019-07-07) highlighted the ongoing threat to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts by polluted sediment coming down the Susquehanna River and through the Conowingo Dam. The issue continues to be heavily debated as the Conowingo's owner, Exelon Corp., is negotiating a new 50-year operating license for the Dam with the federal government. The Dam's reservoir previously served as a trap for this sediment, but as the article indicated, the reservoir has reached capacity, holding some…

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Does Maryland’s Phase III WIP Get Us Across the Bay Restoration Finish Line? Find Out at #MACoCon

Receive an overview and different perspectives on Maryland's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference. Learn how the WIP aims to achieve Maryland's Chesapeake Bay restoration goals, the role of counties under the WIP, and how Maryland's WIP compares to those of nearby Bay watershed states. Endgame: Can Our Phase III WIP Meet Our Bay Restoration Goals? Description We are entering the final Phase of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum…

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MDE Unveils Broad Strokes of New Climate Change Plan

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) unveiled a broad outline of its pending plan to address climate change and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated in the state. Maryland's First Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal: 25 by 20 The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act of 2009 (HB 315 / SB 278) required MDE to develop a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the State by 25% from…

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Study: Maryland Faces $27.4 Billion Price Tag for Sea Level Rise

A Maryland Matters article (2019-07-01) reported that a new study estimated Maryland will need to spend $27.4 billion prepare coastal communities for sea level rise over the next 20 years. The study, "High Tide Tax: The Price to Protect Coastal Communities from Rising Seas," based the costs on 2,996 miles of sea wall construction through 2040. The study was prepared by the Center for Climate Integrity, who seeks to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean…

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Get the Latest on Food Safety Requirements at #MACoCon

Learn about recent changes to food safety laws that directly affect your residents and businesses at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference. Get the latest news on private kitchens, cottage food products, polystyrene containers, and plastic straws. Delicious or Deadly? A Food Safety Update Description Food safety is a critical function of local health departments. Improperly prepared food and unsafe kitchen practices have caused the deaths of Maryland residents. The 2019 Legislative Session saw the passage…

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Anne Arundel Adds 174 Acres of Protected Forest

Anne Arundel County’s Forestry and Forested Land Protection Grant Program, in cooperation with Chesapeake Bay Trust and Scenic River Trust, announced the permanent protection of an additional 174 acres of forested land Crownsville. “Far too many forests have been lost in Anne Arundel County, so protecting and expanding our remaining forests is essential for our community’s health and well-being,” said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “I’m proud of our partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Together…

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