With debris from last week's deluge still littering the Inner Harbor, the city is poised to launch a new tool in its fight against the rafts of floating trash that routinely gross out Baltimore's waterfront visitors and residents alike.
A plan aimed at fixing a large number of failing household septic systems on Kent Island is stirring debate, as Queen Anne's County looks to permit roughly 600 new homes on the low-lying gateway to the Eastern Shore while hooking existing homes up to its sewer system.
More than 400 tons of trash, debris and pollutants have been collected from Baltimore streets in the last month under a new citywide mechanical street sweeping program, according to the city's public works department.
EPA's new five-year plan calls for doing fewer inspections and fewer enforcement actions, which worries some environmentalists. Agency officials say they intend to focus on the most important cases and use technology to help target their efforts.
Air quality has improved a lot in Maryland and nationwide over the past 15 years, according to a new report by the American Lung Association. But summertime smog levels in Harford and Prince George's counties are still among the worst in the country, the group found.
To combat pollution plaguing the marsh habitat, about 250 volunteers picked up trash, dredged debris, planted trees and tended the wetland's gardens Saturday as part of a cleanup event hosted by the aquarium and the National Parks Conservation Association.
Loyola Blakefield is one of 10 teams in Team Project, an annual event of ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Baltimore, a national organization with local chapters. For the five-member Loyola team, it is part of a year-long course on architecture at Loyola Blakefield during which they are coming up with a plan for the $1 billion Harbor Point project on Baltimore's waterfront.
A dispute brewing in Annapolis over a late bid to alter Maryland's storm-water fee law - one that reportedly threatened approval of the state's budget - was resolved Thursday, with lawmakers agreeing to limit a proposed exemption from the controversial "rain tax" to Carroll and Frederick counties.
A late bid in Annapolis to alter Maryland's storm-water fee law has drawn fire from environmentalists and from the attorney general's office, calling it an unconstitutional end run on the legislative process.
The family that owns the Black Olive restaurant and runs the Inn at The Black Olive is monitoring the air outside the hotel — across the street from the planned Harbor Point development — as a check on the official monitoring happening on site.
State plans for the proposed Purple Line through suburban Washington satisfy federal environmental standards, the Federal Transit Administration announced this week — an important green light for the project to proceed.
As officials roll out a long-planned expansion of street sweeping from downtown and central Baltimore to more than 90 percent of the city beginning in April, they say they will be relying on cooperation from residents rather than enforcement efforts.
When it comes to agriculture, the polluter-pays concept is discarded, and agriculture is instead offered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to do what it ought to be already doing to reduce pollutant loads. Why is Gov. O'Malley giving the bay's biggest polluters a free ride on the backs of taxpayers and their own contract growers and farmers?
Environmental regulators said Wednesday that construction on the Harbor Point project could begin by the end of the month, after they approved a plan to measure air quality at the toxic former factory site.
Maryland's Safe-Drilling Advisory Commission can show nearly finalized recommendations for overhauling the regulation of gas drilling, but other major undertakings are still in the works. Together, these unfinished studies form the backbone of a final report due in about 150 days, on Aug. 1. We propose that there is no way to meet this deadline — for good reasons.
With significantly less development and growth than anticipated in Havre de Grace, Mayor Wayne Dougherty has recommended a minimum increase of 15 percent in water and sewer rates to ensure the health of the city's water and sewer fund in the coming 2015 fiscal year.
President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks as part of an effort to address greenhouse gas pollution administratively rather than waiting on Congress.
Maryland Presbyterian Church of Towson is among religious and nonprofit groups that have embraced the idea of managing stormwater, an issue that has become front and center for organizations throughout the region now that they must pay the state's new stormwater management fee — dubbed "the rain tax" by critics. The church's fee is about $1,000 a year.
Even though the "Poultry Fair Share Act" stands no chance of becoming law, the sponsor of the controversial bill to tax Maryland's chickens refuses to give up, saying he wants to have a public discussion on who should pay to control polluted farm runoff fouling the Cheapeake Bay.
As money flows into the Anne Arundel County government from new stormwater fees, Erik Michelsen will be the man to make sure the money is properly spent on projects to reduce pollution that harms the Chesapeake Bay.