Eight Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation wrote President Obama Monday urging him to reconsider his administration's plan to allow seismic testing for oil and gas off the Mid-Atlantic coast.
State and federal officials joined a Chesapeake Bay nonprofit Thursday in announcing the award of more than $3.7 million to 34 organizations to reduce storm-water pollution in Maryland and three neighboring states and the District of Columbia.
Maryland did not win Federal Aviation Administration recognition as a test site for drones, but still could be involved in federal research on how the unmanned aircraft may safely be flown in U.S. airspace.
Baltimore city, Baltimore County and Prince George's County have been directed by the state to step up their efforts to reduce polluted runoff fouling local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. But environmental groups contend the mandates are too vague and weak, raising the possibility they may go to court to challenge them.
Thirty years after signing the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement, solemnly pledging to stem the flow of pollutants and bring the bay into compliance with the Clean Water Act, we still have not achieved that goal.
A Montgomery Circuit Court judge found the county's state-mandated plan for curbing polluted runoff is lacking, raising questions about the adequacy of storm-water permits pending in the Baltimore area and elsewhere.
The Carroll County Bureau of Utilities has repaired a sewage leak in Sykesville, but not before an estimated 77,500 gallons of effluent leaked from a pipe each day over the past 12 days, according to a Carroll County government press release.
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.
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.
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.
An environmental advocacy group filed legal action against the city of Baltimore Wednesday, alleging that the city has not complied with a 2002 agreement to lessen sewage outflows that pollute area waterways.
Despite a foul-smelling algae bloom and fish kill this time last year, Baltimore's ailing harbor actually earned a C-minus grade overall for water quality in 2012, according to its latest ecological report card.
Departing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says one of the "prouder moments" of her tenure was President Obama's agreement to have the federal government take the lead in trying to ramp up the lagging Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. She says the estuary is improving, though challenges remain.