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O'Malley honored, razzed for environmental stances

O'Malley honored, razzed for environmental stances

Gov. Martin O'Malley drew praise and protesters in Baltimore Tuesday night for his handling of environmental issues.

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Evacuation route eyed for Cove Point gas plant

Evacuation route eyed for Cove Point gas plant 

The energy company Dominion said Tuesday that it is exploring developing an alternate evacuation route for some residential neighbors of its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas plant, prompting opponents to question anew assertions by the...

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Cove Point gas liquefaction plant in Calvert County approved

Cove Point gas liquefaction plant in Calvert County approved 

Federal regulators gave final approval Monday for energy company Dominion to build the East Coast's first natural gas liquefaction plant at its Cove Point site in Calvert County, a project that has raised concerns from neighbors and...

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WWF: Half the world's wildlife gone over last 40 years

WWF: Half the world's wildlife gone over last 40 years

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

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Lead poisoning statistics hold steady, state plans new efforts

Lead poisoning statistics hold steady, state plans new efforts 

The decades-long decline in lead-poisoned children in Maryland has essentially stalled, but state officials said Thursday they are taking steps in the coming months to address gaps in the marathon effort to eliminate the environmental health threat.

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Howard students take to the fields for BioBlitz at Belmont Manor and Historic Park

Howard students take to the fields for BioBlitz at Belmont Manor and Historic Park

Armed with pencils, clipboards, an insect net and smartphones, eight Rockburn Elementary School fifth-graders carefully walked through the thick meadow at Belmont Manor and Historic Park in Elkridge.

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Survey finds lax mud pollution enforcement in Baltimore area

Survey finds lax mud pollution enforcement in Baltimore area 

Ever wonder why your neighborhood streams and rivers look so muddy after a heavy rain? A recent survey of construction sites in the Baltimore area found less than a quarter of the exposed soil being worked had been properly protected from erosion.

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Baltimore County to spend $13 million on White Marsh Run restoration

Baltimore County to spend $13 million on White Marsh Run restoration

Baltimore County will spend $13 million to replace a sewer line and relocate thousands of feet of degraded stream bed of White Marsh Run in a project officials say is needed to reduce pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Marylanders join climate march in N.Y.C.

Marylanders join climate march in N.Y.C. 

More than 600 Marylanders marched with hundreds of thousands of others in New York City Sunday in support of stronger action to address climate change, according to organizers of the state effort.

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Environmental groups clean up sites across Baltimore

Environmental groups clean up sites across Baltimore 

Several environmental groups cleaned up parts of Baltimore Saturday to drum up support for a city bill that would add a surcharge for using disposable plastic bags.

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Environmental groups cleaning up sites across Baltimore

Environmental groups cleaning up sites across Baltimore

Several environmental groups will be cleaning up parts of Baltimore Saturday to drum up support for a city bill that would add a surcharge for using disposable plastic bags.

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First E85 ethanol gas station opens in Baltimore

First E85 ethanol gas station opens in Baltimore

The first gas station in Baltimore to offer a type of ethanol gas called E85 opened recently on Frederick Avenue, the result of a partnership designed to help drivers who have flex-fuel vehicles.

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More Maryland animals, plants in danger of extinction

More Maryland animals, plants in danger of extinction 

Even as conservationists and government officials celebrated Friday the rebound of the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, they acknowledged that more animals and plants are slipping toward extinction in Maryland and nationwide.

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Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel considered recovered

Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel considered recovered 

When Guy W. Willey Sr. was growing up, he hunted and ate Delmarva fox squirrels in the low-lying forests of the Eastern Shore, long before it was clear the giant cousins of the common gray squirrel were in danger of disappearing. He was "dirt poor," he recalled, and lots of folks did it back then.

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Kit Valentine, advocate for environment in Catonsville

Kit Valentine, advocate for environment in Catonsville, dies

Kit Valentine, an advocate for the environment who served as president and vice-president of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, died Sept. 15 of pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

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Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns

Maryland faces worse climate-driven flooding, report warns

Baltimore and Annapolis are likely to suffer serious coastal flooding again before this century is over, and people and property in Ocean City and on the lower Eastern Shore face even greater risks as climate change accelerates sea level rise along Maryland's extensive shoreline, warns a new report.

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New coal plant pollution controls eyed

New coal plant pollution controls eyed 

Looking to protect Marylanders from unsafe levels of smog, environmental regulators are moving to clamp down on pollution from the state's smaller coal-burning power plants, but plant owners warn that the rule could have economic consequences.

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Long Reach homeowner has a deep-rooted love of stormwater protection

Long Reach homeowner has a deep-rooted love of stormwater protection

Maintaining an environmentally friendly landscape at her family's home in Long Reach comes as second nature to Janine Pollack, who loves gardening and the outdoors.

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Pesticides linger in MD, US streams

Pesticides linger in MD, US streams

Pesticides continue to show up in rivers and streams in Maryland and the rest of the nation at levels that pose problems for fish and other aquatic life, according to a new federal study spanning the past two decades.

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Big hand for a tiny turtle

Big hand for a tiny turtle

America's tiniest turtle is getting a helping hand from Uncle Sam.

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Urban 'evolution' turns fresh-water streams salty

Urban 'evolution' turns fresh-water streams salty

If current trends continue, Marylanders may not have to go "down-y oshun" in future to dip their toes in salt water. Thanks to liberal de-icing of our roads in winter and chronic sewage leaks, salinity levels are rising in Baltimore area streams  - with at least one already a third as tangy as Ocean City surf.

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New Bay cleanup pact stirs debate

New Bay cleanup pact stirs debate

Legislators from Maryland and Pennsylvania sparred at a hearing in Annapolis Monday over whether their states are doing too much or too little to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution.

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State announces $2.3 million in grants to improve bike paths

State announces $2.3 million in grants to improve bike paths

The state has awarded more than $2 million in grants to improve bike paths across Maryland, including more than $80,000 to better connect West Baltimore with downtown.

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Susquehanna Flats show hope for Bay

Susquehanna Flats show hope for Bay 

There weren't any keepers yet, but the fish were definitely biting for Willie Edwards one day last week as he trolled along the edge of the Susquehanna Flats. The 72-year-old fisherman from North East said he'd caught "a lot of little rock," or striped bass.

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In passing, a life devoted to conservation

In passing, a life devoted to conservation

For some people, environmentalism is a lifelong passion. That would be true of Michael Beer, retired biophysics professor at Johns Hopkins University, who died Friday at age 88. 

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Lawsuit filed over Purple Line's environmental impact

Lawsuit filed over Purple Line's environmental impact

A Washington-area trail users' group and a pair of environmental advocates have filed suit to block the Purple Line, contending the $2.4 billion light-rail project in the DC suburbs threatens to harm two species of endangered crustaceans that live in the creek the transit line would cross.

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 NTSB report finds little chemical contamination from Rosedale derailment

NTSB report finds little chemical contamination from Rosedale derailment

The only signs investigators found of the chemical-laden railroad hopper car that exploded after it derailed last year in Rosedale were twisted and deformed pieces of its aluminum shell that shot out like shrapnel, landing as far as 370 feet away.

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After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance

After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance

After shrinking for a while to its smallest size in 30 years, the Chesapeake Bay's "dead zone" has made a late-summer comeback, and that's not good for crabs, fish and oysters.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER

Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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