The Chesapeake Bay's cleanup may be delayed "several decades" by the slow pace at which farm pollution is being flushed from ground water on the Delmarva Peninsula, a new study says. The research by the U.S. Geological Survey also suggests pollution control efforts on Eastern Shore farms may need to be increased in order to achieve hoped-for water quality improvements.
Reducing air pollution has given an unexpectedly big boost to long-running efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, a new study finds. Resarchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science determined that nitrogen pollution in nine mostly forested Appalachian rivers and streams has declined in tandem with government-mandated air pollution reductions for power plants and motor vehicles.
Turning up the heat on local politicians over an unpopular stormwater fee, Maryland officials have warned Carroll County that it faces fines of up to $10,000 per day for refusing to impose the mandatory pollution cleanup charge, and cautioned two other counties they could be next.
Harford County could face stiff fines and other enforcement actions from the state and federal governments if county officials repeal a local stormwater management fee, also known as the "rain tax," the state government's top environmental official warned Harford officials last month.
A federal judge has denied - for now, at least -the environmental group Blue Water Baltimore's bid to intervene in the city's effort to delay its court-decreed deadline for fixing the sewage leaks that routinely foul local streams and Baltimore's harbor.
The Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort got a $9.2 million injection of funds Wednesday, as the Environmental Protection Agency and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced grants to 40 projects to reduce storm-water and farm pollution, rebuild oyster reefs and restore trout streams and other habitats across the six-state watershed.
In what some see as a major test of the O'Malley administration's efforts to strengthen Maryland's Smart Growth policies, state officials are pressing Charles County's elected officials to back off a hotly disputed plan for development that state officials contend would degrade a vital Chesapeake Bay tributary and open up large swaths of farmland to sprawling housing projects.
Aiming to boost the fledgling market for plug-in vehicles, Maryland and seven other states pledged Thursday to use their governments' tax and spending powers to get 3.3 million "zero-emission" cars, trucks and vans on the road in the next dozen years.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig describes himself as a moderate by temperament but he is staking out positions on critical issues that seem certain to appeal to the Republican party's hard-core conservative base as he seeks the 2014 gubernatorial nomination.
Even as some Fells Point residents worry that building over toxic soil at Harbor Point could endanger their health, records show elevated levels of cancer-causing chromium in groundwater just beyond the site targeted for an upscale development.
Residents of Prince George's County can get some relief from the Clean Water Act Fee on their tax bills, get some cash in their pockets and help clean up the environment through the county's Rain Check Rebate Program. The county's Department of Environmental Resources is offering four workshops in October to help property owners learn about installing the green initiatives. The first workshop will be held Oct. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center, 7120 Contee Road.
Fifty gallons of raw sewage per minute is spewing from a broken sanitary main into the Gwynns Falls in Southwest Baltimore, and the wooded location of the break is delaying a fix, according the the Department of Public Works.
One of the largest urban woodland parks in the eastern United States appears destined to get less wooded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. aims to cut a swath up to two miles long through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in West Baltimore to replace an aging natural gas pipeline there.
Del. Maggie McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the House Environmental Matters Committee, expects a "very strong push" to repeal Maryland's storm-water fee law when lawmakers return to Annapolis in January, but vows to fight any rollback.
Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin joined environmentalists in praising the Obama administration's announcement Friday that it is moving to curb carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants.
Just as there's good reason to be skeptical about the Maryland Stormwater Remediation Fee, often referred to as the "rain tax," there's reason to be skeptical about Harford County Executive David R. Craig's vow to introduce legislation to repeal the county's version of the tax.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a leading Republican candidate for governor, called Tuesday for a sweeping rollback of Maryland's environmental laws, saying measures passed by the state's leaders have failed to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Despite concerns about privacy and public safety, Maryland is seeking to open its skies to commercial drones under a federal program that could make the state a powerhouse in the burgeoning unmanned aircraft industry.
A federal judge on Friday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's right to impose a pollution "diet" for the Chesapeake Bay, rejecting a legal challenge to the restoration effort from farmers' and builders' groups.
Federal regulators have reached a tentative deal with Carnival Corp. on a plan to reduce air pollution from nearly a third of its cruise ships, but the accord comes too late to reverse at least a temporary loss of lucrative cruise business for Baltimore.
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and the head of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation sparred Tuesday at a congressional field hearing over the stormwater fees forced this year on homeowners and businesses in Maryland's most populous localities.
BGE customers are collectively saving nearly 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year through energy-efficiency incentive programs. It's enough energy to power 156,000 homes for a year, or the equivalent of a year's worth of greenhouse gas emissions from 230,000 cars.
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by Perdue and an Eastern Shore poultry farmer to have the Waterkeeper Alliance pay more than $3 million in attorneys' fees for its failed lawsuit alleging that the company and its contract grower were polluting a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
Maryland officials pulled back Monday a proposed regulation aimed at reducing farm runoff polluting the Chesapeake Bay after chicken growers warned it could cripple the state's lucrative poultry industry if imposed now.