Maryland Environment

  • 310-pound bull shark caught in Southern Maryland waters

    310-pound bull shark caught in Southern Maryland waters

    A commercial fisherman pulled an 8.6-foot, 310-pound bull shark from his pound net trap at the mouth of the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland on Monday — an uncommon catch that has been the buzz of the bay as the picture has made its rounds. Larry “Boo” Powley, 65, of Hoopers Island said he found...

  • July storms may have taken some of the sting out of sea nettle levels

    July storms may have taken some of the sting out of sea nettle levels

    Last month’s rain storms washed unsightly trash, logs and debris into the region's waterways, ruining plans for anglers and boaters. Swimmers, however, might have picked up a win. Using a formula that depends on salinity levels and water temperatures, a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration...

  • How much Susquehanna River debris could have passed through Conowingo Dam floodgates?

    How much Susquehanna River debris could have passed through Conowingo Dam floodgates?

    In the days after record July rainfall filled Chesapeake Bay waterways with debris, Comptroller Peter Franchot said Maryland was "literally drowning in Pennsylvania’s trash." How much of the detritus actually came down the Susquehanna River and through the Conowingo Dam’s opened floodgates? It's...

  • U.S. Customs finds destructive moth eggs aboard ship in Baltimore

    U.S. Customs finds destructive moth eggs aboard ship in Baltimore

    Four egg clusters from a destructive moth species were found aboard a vehicle transport ship in Baltimore, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Agriculture specialists discovered Asian gypsy moth egg masses and a dead adult moth during a routine inspection aboard the M/V Gaia Leader....

  • Maryland state parks have become so popular, they're turning people away

    Maryland state parks have become so popular, they're turning people away

    The Lopez family was up before sunrise to pack up supplies: portable stoves, camping chairs, rainbow-striped mesh hammocks and coolers filled with tortillas, sausages and whole tilapia. Nearly two dozen family members drove in a multiple-car caravan from Dundalk to Cunningham Falls State Park,...

  • Bone found in barrel off beach was from an animal

    Bone found in barrel off beach was from an animal

    Officials say a bone recovered from a deteriorating barrel in the sand off a Maryland beach was from an animal. The Worcester County Sheriff tweeted Thursday that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined it was an animal bone that was recovered from the barrel, not human remains. On...

  • World War II-era contaminated debris was found at U.S. Coast Guard Yard in 2014, but confirmed only recently

    World War II-era contaminated debris was found at U.S. Coast Guard Yard in 2014, but confirmed only recently

    U.S. Coast Guard officials uncovered World War II-era debris four years ago, just across a cove from a former Superfund site on its Curtis Bay yard. But it was only recently officials confirmed that the brick, rebar and other remains of former boot camp buildings contain elevated levels of heavy...

  • Maryland firefighters head west to battle wildfires

    Maryland firefighters head west to battle wildfires

    When the Carr Fire in northern California enveloped what was supposed to be their escape route, Todd Dudek and his fellow firefighters had an “oh, crap” moment. Flames lapped at either side of their fire engine as the truck barreled through the blaze and back to safety, the volunteer firefighter...

  • Pennsylvania officials admit their state is behind in curbing Chesapeake pollution

    Pennsylvania officials admit their state is behind in curbing Chesapeake pollution

    Pennsylvania officials on Tuesday conceded to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state leaders in the Chesapeake Bay watershed that the commonwealth has not done its part to reduce pollution washing into waterways. Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania’s secretary of environmental protection, said that...

  • State's first longhorned tick found on deer in Washington County

    State's first longhorned tick found on deer in Washington County

    A longhorned tick was found on a white-tailed deer in Washington County last month — the first sighting of this tick species this season. A test by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the tick, also known as the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick, the East Asian tick and the bush...

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