Archive for 'Chesapeake Bay Beat & Environment'

New Bill Would Create Height Restrictions on Wind Turbines Near Patuxent River Navy Base

New Bill Would Create Height Restrictions on Wind Turbines Near Patuxent River Navy Base

As wind energy companies try to find their footing in Maryland, state senators proposed a bill that would limit turbines’ heights, as well as their companies’ interests, in southern Maryland.

Maryland House, Senate Pass Bills to Restrict Hydraulic Fracturing

Maryland House, Senate Pass Bills to Restrict Hydraulic Fracturing

Opponents Say Moratorium, Liability Bills Ignore Economic Interests

Drinking New Beer Will Help Improve the Bay

Drinking New Beer Will Help Improve the Bay

Mixing beer with the Chesapeake Bay may seem counterintuitive to cleaning it up, but Full Tilt Brewing created a new beer to help do just that.

U.S. Geological Survey Reports Animal Waste as Major Pollutant in Eastern Shore Watershed

U.S. Geological Survey Reports Animal Waste as Major Pollutant in Eastern Shore Watershed

The U.S. Geological Survey reported Thursday that the Eastern Shore is being polluted largely by an excess amount of nutrients from inorganic fertilizers and manure - in other words, animal waste.

Climate Commission Changes Gain Senate Approval, Now Head to House

Climate Commission Changes Gain Senate Approval, Now Head to House

The Maryland Senate voted favorably Tuesday on a bill to expand and provide guidelines for membership and subdivisions of the Climate Change Commission, and now it heads to the House of Delegates for approval.

Chesapeake Bay Watermen Battle With Cold and Ice

Chesapeake Bay Watermen Battle With Cold and Ice

This winter's combination of cold and ice are making life difficult for Chesapeake Bay watermen.

Dueling ‘Rain Tax’ Bills From Hogan, Miller Still Require Funding from Local Governments

Dueling ‘Rain Tax’ Bills From Hogan, Miller Still Require Funding from Local Governments

Whether the “rain tax” is repealed, reformed or has the word “fee” dropped from its name, the federal mandate to clean up stormwater runoff in Maryland is here to stay.

Van Hollen Bill Would Promote Cleaner Environment,  Provide Grants to Citizens

Van Hollen Bill Would Promote Cleaner Environment, Provide Grants to Citizens

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Kensington, has reintroduced legislation designed to curb pollution by reducing carbon emissions while providing grants to Americans to offset higher energy costs.

Ice Breaker Boats Keeping Chesapeake Bay Channel Open

Ice Breaker Boats Keeping Chesapeake Bay Channel Open

Dealing with snowy roads and icy sidewalks is one thing, but when it comes to breaking up ice in the Chesapeake Bay to keep the shipping channel open, it’s the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that comes to the rescue.

Bill Requires 25 Percent of State’s Energy to be From Renewable Sources by 2020

Bill Requires 25 Percent of State’s Energy to be From Renewable Sources by 2020

Businessmen, religious leaders and environmentalists pushed for the expansion of clean energy in Maryland at the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by state Senator Brian Feldman, D-Montgomery, would increase the use of renewable energy to power the state. Known as the 2015 Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act, it would require 25 percent of Maryland’s energy to come from renewable sources, such as solar or wind power, by 2020.