Board of Public Works Announces $2.8M for Drinking Water

The Board of Public Works, composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot; recently approved over $2.8M to improve a drinking water system in Allegany County.  “‘This is a smart investment to protect public health in a Maryland community,’ said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. ‘Upgrading the City of Cumberland’s drinking water system underscores the Hogan Administration’s commitment to water infrastructure and the public health and safety benefits that flow from…

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LEAD Maryland Seeks Fellowship Applicants

LEAD Maryland just announced Oct. 1 as the opening of applications to Class XII (2022-23) of their fellowship program.  LEAD Maryland, in a collaborative partnership with the University of Maryland Extension and several other organizations, will host this prestigious fellowship. This UME Signature Program is a leadership development experience designed for people committed to serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. The program consists of 9 multi-day seminars over two years and is designed to help give up…

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B’more City Resumes Bulk Trash, White Goods Collection

Mayor Brandon M. Scott recently announced that effective October 2, the city’s DPW will resume bulk trash and white goods collection.  Starting in October, Saturday will now be bulk trash day in the Charm City. Collections will occur 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., with services focused on a different city section each week. Households will be allotted three bulk items per month and residents can begin calling 311 on September 17 to request a collection date.   “‘We know residents rely on bulk trash services and, thanks to a strong partnership with…

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2020 Cecil County Recycling Award Winners Announced 

County Executive Danielle Hornberger and the Cecil County Council recently announced the winners of the 2020 Recycling Awards.   “‘I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners, and thank the County’s residents, municipalities, and businesses for their continued support of our recycling program,' stated County Executive Hornberger. ‘The environment, and Cecil County, are better as a result of everyone’s efforts’” (Cecil County). MPK Services, # 1 Residential Recycling Hauler: this award recognizes the private residential refuse…

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Deadlines Loom Nationally for Patchwork of State Utility Moratoriums

A national patchwork of state utility moratoriums begins to unravel with no federal action; Maryland's partial moratorium is set to expire November 1.   In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal, state, and local governments across the nation began instituting eviction moratoriums on housing. Last month, the federal eviction moratorium was struck down by the Supreme Court. This left only state and local level moratoriums in place. Currently, a comparable situation is brewing for…

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Ida Leaves Mark on the Bay 

Even though Hurricane Ida has passed, it is still impacting the Chesapeake Bay.   The Susquehanna River, which runs from upstate New York and through a large section of Pennsylvania, is the largest source of freshwater for the Bay. The increased level of rain and runoff as a result of Ida means that there is currently a larger volume of highly polluted water pouring into this waterway.   Upstream, Ida’s impact has resulted in localized flooding…

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Solar Offers Pathway for Diversification on Family Farms

The Maryland state government has committed itself to hitting 50% renewable energy by 2030. Using farmland to help harvest solar energy offers a path to sustainable income and energy.   Howard County recently announced the signing of an agreement with CI Renewables to construct and operate solar panels at no cost to taxpayers; the county is set to later pay for the power generated by the panels. This new agreement is part of the solar plan announced by Howard County earlier this summer.  …

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PA Set to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Environmentalists on both sides of the Mason Dixon line are breathing a sign of relief as PA’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted to approve regulations required to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).   On Wednesday, the IRRC voted on a CO2 Budget Trading Program. This vote was one of the last steps in Governor Wolf’s push to bring the Commonwealth into RGGI and would help meet his plan to reduce state carbon emissions…

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Transformation to the Grid of the Future: Maryland Clean Energy Center Hosts FREE Webinar

Maryland Clean Energy Center to host a free webinar to discuss the grid of the future, Tuesday, September 14, 10:30AM.  “Regulators are implementing directives to transform the grid for the future. What impacts can ratepayers and consumers expect to result from FERC Order 2222 and the Maryland PC 44 process? This session examines the deployment of distributed resource markets for load balancing and reliability, and how asset owners get paid to play for distributed energy,…

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New Tool Can Help Communities Develop Complete Streets Plan

National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America recently released a new tool to help communities look into developing Complete Streets plan.   What are Complete Streets?  Complete Streets is a development concept based on the idea of how safe and walkable a community is. Dangerous By Design 2019 is a recent study that shows the level of safe walkability communities around the US have. Adopting a Complete Streets plan for a community has a number…

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