Maryland Environment

  • Effort aims to plant ornamental trees along 39 miles of city trails

    Effort aims to plant ornamental trees along 39 miles of city trails

    For Cameron Stearns, the most hopeful thing he knows how to do is to plant a tree. But the 72-year-old Baltimorean doesn’t get as many opportunities as he once did to put his shovel into the ground and gently pull away the burlap covering from delicate roots. There are fewer occasions when he can...

  • Future of menhaden management to be decided this week

    Future of menhaden management to be decided this week

    It’s a fish that almost never ends up on dinner plates and isn’t widely known among the general public. That didn’t stop 127,000 people who care deeply about the future of menhaden from writing to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to tell members how they should vote when they meet...

  • Rodricks: Of time and the Chesapeake

    Rodricks: Of time and the Chesapeake

    Have you ever happened upon the dawn of time? Have you ever felt like the world began overnight? Have you ever tried to squint away the rest of humanity and imagine yourself the first person to stand at the edge of the ocean, with all life foaming at your feet? I’ve had moments like that. How about...

  • Meet Captain Trash Wheel: Baltimore's newest water wheel has a name

    Meet Captain Trash Wheel: Baltimore's newest water wheel has a name

    Baltimore’s trash wheel family is getting a captain. The Port of Baltimore announced on Monday that Captain Trash Wheel is the winning name for the trash-collecting water wheel planned for South Baltimore’s Masonville Cove. The Maryland Port Administration had invited the public to vote on the...

  • Lights Out Baltimore works to curb fowl deaths in Birdland

    Lights Out Baltimore works to curb fowl deaths in Birdland

    Early mornings in the spring and fall, while the city sleeps, 17-year-old Claire Wayner marches through downtown Baltimore in search of dead birds. She’s looking for live ones, too. But mainly dead ones. “It’s tough to predict how many birds you’re gonna get, or if you’re gonna get any,” says Wayner,...

  • Catonsville residents replant destroyed trees

    Catonsville residents replant destroyed trees

    Dozens of people shoveled heaps of soil atop the bases of the freshly planted flowering cherry trees Saturday morning at a median along Edmondson Avenue in Catonsville. The sound of metal shovels clanking against rock pierced the crisp autumn air. A teen carried a mound of mulch in a red wheelbarrel...

  • The Earth's ozone hole is shrinking and is the smallest it has been since 1988

    The Earth's ozone hole is shrinking and is the smallest it has been since 1988

    Here's a rare piece of good news about the environment: The giant hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer is shrinking and has shriveled to its smallest peak since 1988, NASA scientists said. The largest the hole became this year was about 7.6 million square miles wide, about two and a half...

  • Lawmakers, environmentalists push Hogan administration for tougher pollution rules

    Lawmakers, environmentalists push Hogan administration for tougher pollution rules

    Environmentalists and nearly 50 state Democrats have urged the Hogan administration to immediately impose tougher water pollution standards on coal-fired power plants, rather than wait for rules delayed by the Trump administration. Water pollution permits for three of the state’s seven coal-fired...

  • Fewer Chesapeake Bay water samples show 'dead zone' conditions

    Fewer Chesapeake Bay water samples show 'dead zone' conditions

    Fewer water samples tested from the Chesapeake Bay this summer had dangerously low levels of oxygen compared to previous testing, according to data released by the state Thursday. Scientists found, on average, that 13.6 percent of the bay’s waters tested this summer did not have enough dissolved...

  • Oil spills into Jones Falls, causes sheen on Inner Harbor water

    Oil spills into Jones Falls, causes sheen on Inner Harbor water

    Officials with the Maryland Department of the Environment say they have identified a BGE substation as the source of an oily substance that flowed down the Jones Falls, causing a sheen on the Inner Harbor waters. In particular, a sump at the BGE substation near the outfall appears to have caused...

  • Amendment to EPA funding bill would strip agency of power to enforce Chesapeake cleanup plan

    Amendment to EPA funding bill would strip agency of power to enforce Chesapeake cleanup plan

    A bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal programs from December through September 2018 would strip the agency of its power to enforce a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, under a provision approved in the House of Representatives. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican who represents...

  • Federal court begins review of Baltimore's $1.6B plan to stop sewage leaks

    Federal court begins review of Baltimore's $1.6B plan to stop sewage leaks

    A $1.6 billion plan Baltimore officials recently approved to stop sewage from leaking into waterways has been filed in federal court, taking it one step closer to being enforced under the Clean Water Act. The document lays out 13 years’ worth of work needed to prevent millions of gallons of sewage...

  • Trails blocked in state park as Bloede Dam removal project kicks off

    Trails blocked in state park as Bloede Dam removal project kicks off

    Sections of the popular Grist Mill and Buzzards Rock trails in Patapsco Valley State Park were closed Tuesday for a months-long construction project to remove Bloede Dam from the Patapsco River. Closures of the paved trails are expected to last until the spring of 2019, according to the state’s...

  • Could Harvey-size storm hit Chesapeake region?

    Could Harvey-size storm hit Chesapeake region?

    In early spring, Don Boesch, Maryland’s top climate scientist, spoke at the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit in Houston. The conference took place at a downtown hotel next to the Buffalo Bayou, the creek that had meandered quietly across Houston until last weekend, when unrelenting rains from...

  • Annual Dam Jam celebrates Baltimore area's drinking water reservoirs

    Annual Dam Jam celebrates Baltimore area's drinking water reservoirs

    Brian Shealey hoisted his young daughter onto his shoulders and walked along a display showing the timeline of the Baltimore region’s wastewater facilities going back more than 100 years. While 2-year-old Hannah was more interested in the band playing behind them, Shealey took time to glance at...

  • EPA cuts funding for Chesapeake Bay Journal, threatening publication's future

    EPA cuts funding for Chesapeake Bay Journal, threatening publication's future

    The Trump administration has cut a grant funding the Chesapeake Bay Journal, threatening the future of the publication that covers environmental issues across the estuary’s watershed. Editor Karl Blankenship said the organization is “disappointed that political appointees in the EPA have made an...

  • Maryland joins 8 other states in carbon emission cuts

    Maryland joins 8 other states in carbon emission cuts

    Maryland and eight other states plan to further tighten air pollution limits aimed at reducing global climate change. The states are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which caps carbon dioxide pollution in the Northeast. The states announced Thursday that they plan to reduce the carbon...

  • Baltimore to pay $3.9 million to help clean up pollution from dump site

    Baltimore to pay $3.9 million to help clean up pollution from dump site

    Baltimore officials agreed this week to pay $3.9 million to help clean up hazardous pollution from a dump site in East Baltimore. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, voted Wednesday to enter into a consent decree with the federal government and state of Maryland...

  • Magothy River Association volunteer team dives for oysters

    Magothy River Association volunteer team dives for oysters

    On the Magothy River people are diving for oysters — not to fry, bake or slurp, but to monitor the health of the river's five oyster reefs. On Sunday morning, Dick Carey, the leader of the all-volunteer dive team for the Magothy River Association, watched the water above the Dobbins Hill reef,...

  • Dozens gather for stand-up paddle board race billed as Baltimore's first

    Dozens gather for stand-up paddle board race billed as Baltimore's first

    When Joe Ward crossed the finish line of Sunday’s stand-up paddle board race on Bear Creek, organizers didn’t give him a trophy. Instead, he was handed a trash bag. After finishing the five-mile course in about 48 minutes, the Annapolis man immediately headed back out onto the water to pick up...

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