Hogan Urges Pennsylvania & EPA Action on Bay Restoration Shortfalls

A press release (2019-08-29) announced that Larry Hogan, in his capacity as Maryland's Governor and the Chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, has sent a letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler expressing concern over Pennsylvania's lack of progress in meeting it Chesapeake Bay restoration requirements. From the press release: “With the recent release of the final Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) to restore the Chesapeake Bay…

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Bay Grasses Expected to Decline Due to 2018 Rainfall

A Bay Journal article (2019-08-21) reported that sections of the Chesapeake Bay's aquatic grasses are expected to decrease this year in response to heavy rains that caused increased nutrient and sediment runoff in 2018. The article noted that initial reviews of the 2019 aerial Bay grass survey show "significant losses" of widgeon grasses in the Mid Bay region, which has the most underwater grass beds in the Bay. Eelgrass beds in the Lower Bay also appear to…

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Anne Arundel Executive Looks to Strengthen County Forest Conservation Protections

An Anne Arundel County press release (2019-08-21) announced that County Executive Steuart Pittman plans on introducing legislation to strengthen the County's forest conservation law. Pittman is taking this action in the light of recent forest losses within the County. From the press release: “Forests are tremendously important to our county,” said County Executive Pittman. “Trees reduce air pollution, soak up stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat and help fight climate change. For decades, we’ve made it…

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Governor Hogan Creates Task Force on Renewable Energy Development & Siting

A press release (2019-08-14) from the Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that Hogan had signed a new executive order creating a Governor's Task Force on Renewable Energy Development and Siting. The Task Force will study how renewable energy generation projects, such as solar and wind, should be sited in the state and ways to streamline the project approval process. From the press release: “In my most recent State of the State address, I…

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Hogan Talks Education, Land Use, & Rural Broadband at 2019 Summer #MACoCon

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gave the closing address to the 2019 MACo Summer Conference on August 17, touching on a variety of issues including: economic growth, land use, rural broadband, and education. Referencing the conference theme of “Winds of Change,” Hogan stated that “we have brought real and lasting change to Maryland.”   Economic Growth Hogan stated that Maryland has had “the biggest economic turnaround in America” and has gone from losing more than 100,000…

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Bay Restoration Progress & Phase III WIPs Debated at 2019 Summer #MACoCon

Different perspectives were offered on Maryland’s new Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) during the “Endgame: Can Our Phase III WIP Meet Our Bay Restoration Goals?” panel on August 16 at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles presented an overview of the WIP approval process. Maryland is waiting on final comment and approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Grumbles noted that Pennsylvania’s draft Phase III WIP…

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The Surprising Ways the Climate Impacts Public Health (And What Counties Can Do About It)

What do salmonella, septic systems, Lyme disease, Dengue Fever, and animal populations have in common? They were all topics of discussion for the ways in which the climate is impacting public health at the MACo Summer Conference session, "The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away." Sara Lou Trescott, Environmental Health Director for Washington County set the stage with an overview of the connection between the climate and public health. Trescott touched upon the environmental health…

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2019 Summer #MACoCon Highlights County Recycling Challenges

Attendees to the 2019 MACo Summer Conference received important updates on recycling and composting during the “Reduce, Reuse…Now What?” panel on August 16. Panelists discussed the state of the national recycling economy, the current state of composting in Maryland, and recent changes to recycling facility regulations. Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land and Materials Director Kaley Laleker discussed pending regulations that would clarify how recycling facilities handle solid waste that is often mixed in…

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Moving Towards a Clean Energy Future at 2019 Summer #MACoCon

The panel “Keeping Clean Energy Green Energy” on August 15 at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference examined Maryland’s transition to clean energy and explored what it means for county government infrastructure and land use policies. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles reiterated that the state’s pending Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act plan requires Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 from 2006 levels and prepares for a future reduction goal of 80%.…

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