Mike Preston's report card in Week 3

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Sewage has leaked into a Baltimore stream for six months — and a fix could be three years away

For the past six months, tens of thousands of gallons of sewage have seeped from an aged pipe directly into a Northeast Baltimore stream despite city efforts to identify and fix the problem — and it could be another three years before the leak is repaired, public works officials say.

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Longtime director of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science stepping down

Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science for the past 27 years, is stepping down from the leadership role to focus on research explaining the science behind Chesapeake Bay restoration.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents is launching a nationwide search for his successor. Boesch said he plans to step down once a new executive is named.

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Maryland officials say state will miss deadline to set fracking rules, as push for a permanent ban begins

State environmental regulators say they will not adopt rules to govern gas drilling in Western Maryland by Oct. 1, missing a legal deadline one year out from the expiration of the statewide ban on the controversial practice known as fracking.

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Some fear a fix for Kent Island sewage will trigger more development

Residents of southern Kent Island have wanted a public sewer system for decades, tired of frequent flooding that stirs a stench in their backyards and threatens their groundwater and the fragile Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

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Sea ice in Arctic shrinks to second lowest level on record

Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level since scientists started to monitor it by satellite, with scientists saying it is another ominous signal of global warming.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado said the sea ice reached its summer low point on Saturday, extending 1.6 million square miles (4.14 million square kilometers).

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Obama: Nature is very resilient if we 'just stop actively destroying it'

Speaking to representatives from dozens of countries gathered in Washington for the third annual Our Ocean conference, President Barack Obama said Thursday that it was urgent that leaders take swift, bold action to safeguard oceans around the globe.

"We cannot truly protect our planet without protecting our ocean," the president said, adding that the U.S.

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