“Invasive” Underwater Grasses Helping Maintain Bay Health

A recent study shows that despite several downward indicators, bay grasses (including some non-native introduced species) have helped maintain aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay. On WYPR's "The Environment In Focus," host Tom Pelton discusses a recent study, showing how the Chesapeake Bay has dealt with heavy loads of sediment and pollutants arising from heavy storm seasons. From the WYPR website: But, here’s the surprising part:  the bay’s overall health dipped only slightly last year,…

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MACo Soliciting 2020 Legislative Initiative Proposals

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2020 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to get those bills introduced and enacted. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from major budgetary topics to legal clarifications to public health measures. County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo chapter organizations, and others within…

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Join MACo In Calling For A Local Infrastructure Fast Track

A perennial MACo initiative, counties have called for the return of their fair share of transportation-sourced revenues to fund their roadwork for years. This year, MACo's initiative calls for a Local Infrastructure Fast Track - a #LIFT4MD - to bring local governments back their historic 30 percent share of transportation revenues from the State's Transportation Trust Fund. It also calls for an assessment of the state of local infrastructure in Maryland, and for the State…

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St. Mary’s Earns National Award for FY18 Budget Book

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Department of Finance with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY2018 Budget Book. This marks the second straight year St. Mary’s County has received the recognition. According to a press release: The Department of Finance has continued its efforts to improve the overall design and layout of the information contained in the annual budget book. Those efforts have…

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You’re Invited: Join Us for Our Weekly Legislative Update Conference Call

Every Friday during the legislative session MACo will host a conference call that will update you on the Maryland General Assembly hot topics and bills that affect local governments. Join the conversation at 3:00 pm each week as MACo explores different topics and hosts guest speakers. This week’s topic (February 3): Transportation MACo Policy Associate Kevin Kinnally will be joined by MACo Associate Director Barbara Zektick to discuss #LIFT4MD (Local Infrastructure Fast Track for Maryland),…

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Now Hear This: The Environment in Focus

MACo is now featuring a new way to keep your county knowledge up-to-date in our weekly e-newsletter, This Week on Conduit Street." Now Hear This" is a weekly segment featuring short and concise audio clips from a wide variety of publications. This week's segment features "Focus on the Environment," an independently produced piece featured on WYPR. Redefining Success in the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Tom Pelton Discusses how when it comes to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, the…

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