Here’s What the Smart Growth Subcabinet Will Discuss at #MACoCon

As previously reported by Conduit Street, the Smart Growth Subcabinet will be responding to county questions about land use, economic development, transportation, the environment, and other critical issues at the MACo January 2019 Winter Conference. While there will be time for an open question and answer session with the Subcabinet, the Subcabinet will mainly focus on answering questions that were previously submitted by the counties through MACo. Here are the county questions that the Subcabinet will…

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Need Help With Bay TMDL or MS4 Permits? Check Out #MACoCon

Learn about on a new proposal by the multi-state Local Government Advisory Committee to provide meaningful technical assistance for county Chesapeake Bay restoration and stormwater treatment projects and how that proposal can happen in Maryland. Provide your feedback to this proposal at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference. We're Here to Help: Technical Assistance for the Bay TMDL and MS4 Permits Description The Local Government Advisory Committee provides the local government viewpoint in the Chesapeake…

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New Climate Change Projections Highlight Eastern Shore’s Vulnerability

A Salisbury Daily Times article (2018-12-20) discussed the challenges the Eastern Shore faces from climate change according to the latest projections released by the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science. The Center's projections incorporated findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment (2014) and regional factors, such as subsidence and ocean currents. The Center provided three outlooks based on growing greenhouse gas emissions, stabilizing emissions, and meeting the emissions caps under the…

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Northeast Waste Disposal Authority Assists Anne Arundel, Frederick Solar Projects

The just-published Fall 2018 edition of WasteWatch highlighted how the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority recently assisted two different solar projects in Frederick and Anne Arundel Counties. Frederick County Solar Project The article discussed how Frederick County reached out to the Authority for help in developing a solar project at the Ballenger McKinney Wastewater Treatment Plant after the County received a $2 million grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The article provided details…

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WSSC Reports Two Sewage Overflows in Prince George’s After Heavy Rains

As heavy rainfalls continue to blanket much of the Maryland region, local sewer systems struggle to keep wastewater from overflowing into local waterways. A Washington Post article (2018-12-17) reported on two sewage overflows that occurred last weekend in Prince George's County. From the article: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission [WSSC], the water and sewer utility for Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties said an estimated 690,000 gallons of diluted wastewater entered a drainage ditch leading to Broad…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Kirwan’s Kryptonite, Stadium Squeeze, WotUS, and More!

  MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Kirwan's Kryptonite Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Presiding Officers Ask Kirwan Commission to Delay Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: EPA Unveils New Waters of…

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Learn About Your County’s Critical Areas at #MACoCon

Lands adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, or one of their tributaries are classified as "critical areas" and are subject to unique land use and development restrictions. Learn about the State's oversight body, the Critical Area Commission, and how critical areas affect county land use at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference. Mission Critical: Understanding the Critical Area Commission Description Does your county have lands that abut the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, or one…

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St. Mary’s Enacts Commercial Dock Moratorium For Oyster Aquaculture

A Bay Journal article (2018-12-12) reported that the St. Mary's County Board of County Commissioners approved a 6-month moratorium on the use of commercial docks to work new oyster aquaculture leases that involve oysters in cages or floats. The 2-1 vote (with one Commissioner absent and another recused) occurred in response to concerns raised by waterfront land owners that the current aquaculture lease process overseen by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) deprived land owners of the…

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EPA Unveils New Waters of the United States Definition

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) unveiled a new proposed "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) definition on December 11, 2018. The WOTUS definition under the federal Clean Water Act determines what waterways are subject to the Act's protections and permitting requirements. The proposed definition will replace a controversial 2015 change to the definition that caused concern for many local governments and agricultural interests. History of WOTUS Definition…

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Bay Debris Cleanup Ongoing From Summer Storms

A Bay Journal article (2018-12-05) reported on the ongoing cleanup of debris and trash that flooded into the Chesapeake Bay from summer storms that occurred back in July. Debris poses not only a navigation and safety threat to boats but can foul restoration efforts undertaken by the State and local governments. According the article, 2018 is on track to be one of the wettest years ever record in the mid-Atlantic region, with Baltimore City receiving 59 inches…

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