Maryland Environment

No, Deep Creek Lake is not going to be drained

Deep Creek Lake stewards are on guard for an invasion of non-native zebra mussels, but they aren’t about to drain the Western Maryland waterway because of it, as a widely shared article recently suggested. The posting on breakingnews247.net — a website that suggests visitors “write an article and...

  • Scientists say Conowingo dam no longer stopping pollution; Hogan seeks solutions

    Scientists say Conowingo dam no longer stopping pollution; Hogan seeks solutions

    A year ago, Gov. Larry Hogan put out a call for private industry to suggest how Maryland should address the pollution that was quickly piling up behind the Conowingo Dam — a staggeringly expensive problem that many policymakers thought could wait. For nearly a century, the dam had stopped silt...

  • In Maryland, rescuing food that might otherwise be wasted

    In Maryland, rescuing food that might otherwise be wasted

    On one end of this particular food chain are boxes of dinged-up tomatoes, spotty avocados and other perfectly edible yet rejected fruits and vegetables that pile up at the Maryland Wholesale Produce Market in Jessup. On the other end are the estimated one in four residents of Baltimore who live...

  • Scientists say it could take years to find any link between massive iceberg and climate change

    Scientists say it could take years to find any link between massive iceberg and climate change

    Ice oozes across the surface of Antarctica and breaks off into the southern oceans constantly — but not normally in chunks the size of Delaware. So after a massive iceberg separated from the Antarctic peninsula this week, the burning question among glacial scientists is: Was it influenced by warming...

  • 'In Our Hands': U.S. aquariums launch anti-plastic campaign

    'In Our Hands': U.S. aquariums launch anti-plastic campaign

    Citing a growing threat to marine life, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and others across the country launched a campaign Monday against disposable plastic products, and vowed to “significantly reduce or eliminate” single-use plastic bottles at their facilities by 2020. The new Aquarium Conservation...

  • Diamond dog finds diamondback terrapin, sets rescue mission into motion

    Diamond dog finds diamondback terrapin, sets rescue mission into motion

    Out for a walk around 6:45 a.m. the morning of July 4, Diamond the American Staffordshire terrier found something unique at a small beach near a marina in Hillsmere — a diamondback terrapin. The diamondback terrapin is the official turtle of the state of Maryland. It has scaly gray and whitish skin,...

  • On anniversary of train derailment, groups call for transparency, legislation on crude oil in Baltimore

    On anniversary of train derailment, groups call for transparency, legislation on crude oil in Baltimore

    Taylor Smith-Hams was living near the Mount Royal Station in Bolton Hill a year ago when her phone lit up one morning with messages from friends and family. At the Howard Street Tunnel's north entrance nearby, 13 cars of a 124-car CSX Transportation freight train had derailed. All but one of the...

  • Smooth day for Great Chesapeake Bay Swim

    Smooth day for Great Chesapeake Bay Swim

    Volunteers, organizers and swimmers all agreed: Conditions were near-perfect Sunday morning for the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. The charity fundraiser includes a race from one side of the bay to the other, a distance of 4.4 miles, as well as a smaller 1-mile challenge race. Participants in...

  • Frosh, 12 attorneys general threaten to sue EPA if vehicle emissions standards weakened

    Frosh, 12 attorneys general threaten to sue EPA if vehicle emissions standards weakened

    Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and officials from a dozen other states are threatening to sue the federal government if it weakens emission standards for new cars and trucks. The coalition is challenging a statement by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt that the...

  • Researchers finding more dolphins than expected in lower Chesapeake Bay

    Researchers finding more dolphins than expected in lower Chesapeake Bay

    Maryland Natural Resources Police Sgt. John Buchanan was flying biologists over Tangier Sound this spring to survey ducks when he glimpsed gray bodies arcing in the waters below. The veteran pilot lowered the helicopter for a closer look. Two, three, four pods of dolphins. He counted almost 50...

  • Hogan sends strong signal Maryland won't join climate alliance

    Hogan sends strong signal Maryland won't join climate alliance

    Gov. Larry Hogan gave perhaps his strongest indication yet that Maryland won't join the United States Climate Alliance, a group opposed to President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the 2015 Paris climate agreement. "We're not sure what the intention of the group is," Hogan said Thursday at an...

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