Chesapeake farmers target runoff reduction, lawmakers seek conservation funds

MIDDLETOWN, Maryland — A gaggle of excitable white turkeys gobbled and clucked in their pen at Open Book Farm on a chilly afternoon in late October. Most days, the birds roamed free in one of the farm’s pastures, scratching and…

Bills would update Maryland’s forest conservation law

Maryland’s forest conservation law has failed to protect some of the state’s best forests, scientists and environmentalists say.

Trump’s proposed Chesapeake Bay cleanup cuts face Hill battle

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to slash 90 percent of Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding, which could dismantle several decades of environmental restoration, met resistance from Maryland’s Democratic congressional delegation. The cuts, which would drop the budget for Chesapeake Bay…

Annapolis marks stop number one for nationwide public hearings on offshore drilling

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Annapolis was the first of many stops for a public hearing on Tuesday about the recent offshore drilling plan proposed by the Trump administration. Opponents and supporters took part in the hearing hosted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.…

Chesapeake Bay advocates fear Trump admin. could threaten Bay’s progress

After the Trump administration’s attempt to eliminate funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program early in 2017, advocates and lawmakers say they’re concerned about the future of efforts to clean-up the Bay and say they will continue to fight to restore funds to the federal budget.

Hogan sues EPA over neighboring power plant pollution

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the federal Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce limits on air-pollution control at 19 mostly coal-fired power plants in five states upwind of Maryland. “We want…

Hundreds turn out for the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

Hundreds turned out recently to take on this year’s Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. The goal was to visit all 10 of the state’s land-based lighthouses by the end of the weekend.

Threats mount against Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts

After years of steady progress for Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts, the conservation outlook is increasingly bleak for the country’s largest estuary—and the state that depends on it most, Maryland—says bay advocates.

Is Maryland ready for the next big storm?

WASHINGTON — In Maryland, which has historically ducked many of the worst storms of the last 50 years, the question is increasingly not if but when the next big one will strike. And while some believe the state has often…

Oyster sanctuary bill finds support in House of Delegates

The House of Delegates voted 102-39 on Thursday in favor of a bill that would keep intact existing oyster sanctuaries on the Chesapeake Bay.

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