MD Dept. of Health Releases Water Safety Tips for Summer

To help mark the start of the summer season, the Maryland Department of Health launched a handy water safety guide on its website.  In a move to help keep Marylanders safe during the 2022 summer season, the Maryland Department of Health has published a general water safety guide on its website. The guide is full of useful information for anyone partaking in water recreation over the next few months. The guide covers four main topics…

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$13.5M for Waterway Improvement Projects Awarded Across Counties

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state. The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment, and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating public. The fund is primarily derived from the one time 5% excise tax paid to the state when a boat is purchased and titled…

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Summer #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo's Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, and will be FULLY IN PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Registration is open, and the full schedule and session details are now available! Register today for MACo’s Summer Conference, themed “Taking Care of Business.” Our society continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health and safety remain the top priority, county government leaders are also exploring…

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Calvert Parks Hosts Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson

On June 23rd Calvert County's Department of Parks & Recreation will take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson campaign.  The Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation invites citizens to join children and adults around the world for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) Thursday, June 23. The WLSL is a global event to raise awareness that swimming lessons can help prevent drowning and save lives. All ages and swim experience levels are welcome.…

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Over $5.2M for Public Parks, Outdoor Recreation Coming to MD

The Department of the Interior is distributing $279M from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Through LWCF, Maryland has been allocated $5,216,915. The allocation for each state and territory is determined by a population-based apportionment formula set in the LWCF Act. States and territories further allocate these funds to local projects, usually through a competitive process. “One of the best investments we can…

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USDA Provided $503mil for Improving Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

Recently the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that $503 million would be aimed at improving outdoor recreation and conservation on National Forests.  Recently, Deputy Agriculture Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than half a billion dollars through the Great American Outdoors Act to address deferred maintenance, improve infrastructure, increase user access and support rural economies while also meeting conservation goals. Dr. Bronaugh made the announcement near the…

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St. Mary’s Receives Recommendation for National Parks and Rec. Accreditation

St. Mary's Department of Recreation and Parks receives recommendation for national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association. After three years of extensive planning and preparation, the St. Mary's Department of Recreation and Parks has recently been recommended for national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) is the only national body for park and recreation agencies. This accreditation is a valuable measure…

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Harford to Launch Innovative Outdoors Outreach Program

Harford to launch the "Picture Yourself in Harford Streams Summer Adventure," raising awareness for the county's natural resources.  This summer, explore the natural beauty of Harford County streams, take selfies at your favorite locations, and win prizes in Harford Streams Summer Adventure. This award-winning program from the Harford County Department of Public Works’ Office of Watershed Protection and Restoration raises awareness and support for protecting natural resources by encouraging visitors to scenic local waterways. According…

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Howard Works to Contextualize Namesakes of Public Spaces

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is moving forward with evaluating whether or not names of public facilities and spaces in the county should be changed after collecting community feedback.   On May 12, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed an Executive Order creating a Public Facilities and Spaces Report Evaluation and Action Commission and named its members. The Commission will utilize the Public Spaces Commission Report released in 2021 to review and contextualize the history surrounding the…

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2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards Nominations Open

The Maryland Department of Planning has officially opened nominations for the 2022 Sustainable Growth Awards.  The Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards celebrate significant achievements by individuals, businesses, organizations and local governments to realize the 12 planning visions adopted by the Maryland General Assembly. The annual awards promote exemplary work that represents or inspires collaboration, innovation, conservation, community impact and quality of life. The annual awards are presented by the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and are the highest level…

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