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Maryland Environment

  • Blue Water Baltimore names new executive director, Jenn Aiosa

    Blue Water Baltimore names new executive director, Jenn Aiosa

    A 20-year veteran of environmental nonprofits and state government has been named the new leader of the advocacy group Blue Water Baltimore. Jenn Aiosa, vice president and director of programs at the Chesapeake Conservancy, will join Blue Water as its executive director in June. Blue Water Baltimore's...

  • State law seeks to close gaps in dam emergency preparations

    State law seeks to close gaps in dam emergency preparations

    More than 40 dams across Maryland whose failure could cause deaths or significant destruction lack updated emergency plans, according to state officials. Now a new law is requiring owners of those dams — counties, municipalities and private businesses — to prepare. Emergency legislation signed...

  • Chesapeake Bay posts second-straight C in annual report card, among highest scores in three decades

    Chesapeake Bay posts second-straight C in annual report card, among highest scores in three decades

    For a second-straight year, the Chesapeake Bay posted a passing C grade in an evaluation by state environmental scientists — a sign the bay's health is holding steady, according to scientists. The report card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science showed a modest gain...

  • Schmidt-Perkins, leader of 1,000 Friends of Maryland, to step down

    Schmidt-Perkins, leader of 1,000 Friends of Maryland, to step down

    Dru Schmidt-Perkins, who has lobbied for smart-growth and environmental-sustainability policies in Annapolis for 19 years, is stepping down from her role as CEO of 1,000 Friends of Maryland, the advocacy group said Thursday. "I made a commitment to stay for two years and now — 19 incredible years...

  • FBI project, bay funding included in federal spending bill

    FBI project, bay funding included in federal spending bill

    A spending agreement announced Monday that will keep the federal government open through September includes more than $500 million for a proposed new headquarters for the FBI — underscoring the bipartisan support in Congress for the massive project. The funding, short of the $1.4 billion needed...

  • Maryland General Assembly approves fracking ban

    Maryland General Assembly approves fracking ban

    The Maryland General Assembly on Monday gave final passage to a ban on fracking in the state, sending the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan for his promised signature. Environmental advocates and climate change activists have pressed for years to ban the controversial form of drilling for natural gas...

  • Annapolis City Council to vote on reforestation legislation

    Annapolis City Council to vote on reforestation legislation

    Bill will require developers to replant each acre of tree they cut down

  • As crab season beckons, some watermen hope for new rules to bolster their harvest

    As crab season beckons, some watermen hope for new rules to bolster their harvest

    Joel Hayden's investment, tens of thousands of dollars' worth of yellow-painted wire cages, is spread across his lawn in neat stacks. Just beyond the water's edge, his paycheck is burrowed in the mud. It's the eve of blue crab season for watermen like the 28-year-old Hoopers Island native, and...

  • Democrats push Hogan to oppose Chesapeake Bay funding cuts

    Democrats push Hogan to oppose Chesapeake Bay funding cuts

    Democratic leaders in the General Assembly introduced a resolution Thursday that calls on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to oppose proposed cuts in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay. President Donald J. Trump's proposed budget would eliminate all of the money for the Environmental Protection Agency's...

  • Maryland Senate panel OKs ban on fracking

    Maryland Senate panel OKs ban on fracking

    A ban on the hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland has moved a step closer to approval. The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 8-3 on Wednesday to pass a bill that already has cleared the House of Delegates. That sends the measure to the full Senate. Republican...

  • Maryland legislature advances bill that would prohibit routine antibiotic use on chickens

    Maryland legislature advances bill that would prohibit routine antibiotic use on chickens

    Legislation advancing in both chambers of the General Assembly could make all chicken raised in Maryland free from antibiotics. The Senate and House of Delegates separately on Monday passed bills forbidding chicken companies from routinely giving birds antibiotics used to treat humans, unless the...

  • Hogan announces support for fracking ban in Maryland

    Hogan announces support for fracking ban in Maryland

    Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday he supports banning fracking, a surprise revelation that could make Maryland one of the first states to ban the controversial method of drilling for natural gas. The Republican governor said passing legislation to prohibit fracking was "an important initiative to...

  • Trump's budget suggests major changes in Md.

    Trump's budget suggests major changes in Md.

    President Donald Trump unveiled a budget Thursday that calls for eliminating spending on the Chesapeake Bay, reducing medical research and slashing the federal workforce to levels not seen in decades — part of an effort to force a historic resizing of the government he now leads. In Maryland, a...

  • About a dozen arrested at Maryland State House in anti-fracking demonstration

    About a dozen arrested at Maryland State House in anti-fracking demonstration

    About a dozen activists were arrested Thursday morning for blocking an entrance to the State House during a demonstration against fracking. Dozens of people stood in front of the State House steps, holding anti-fracking signs and singing, "We shall not be moved." Then, a smaller group moved in front...

  • Some mammals may get smaller as the planet gets hotter

    Some mammals may get smaller as the planet gets hotter

    Fifty-six million years ago, about 10 million years after the dinosaurs went extinct, something strange happened to our planet. It got hot. Really hot. Hotter than it had ever been since the Earth formed a few billion years earlier. Carbon signatures in the geological record show that global temperature...

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