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Whether the “rain tax” is repealed, reformed or has the word “fee” dropped from its name, the federal mandate to clean up stormwater runoff in Maryland is here to stay.
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Natural Resources and the Albert Powell Fish Hatchery team up to stock nearly 300 locations with trout across the state of Maryland.
A Chesapeake Bay island, once used as a presidential retreat but diminished to less than 5 acres by the 1980s, has been replenished with dredged material, creating wetlands that serve as a wildlife sanctuary.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced legislation to repeal the stormwater management fee, critically known as the “rain tax,” encouraging localities to address their runoff requirements without a state-mandated fee.