Chesapeake Bay Beat & Environment

Filling your garden with native Maryland plants could save you time, money and the environment

Upper Marlboro, Md.- What if there was a way to have a beautiful garden filled with plants and flowers that don’t require expensive or fancy fertilizers, are low maintenance and help save the environment? As spring begins and residents prepare to fill their gardens with plants and flowers, it may be helpful to know the power of Maryland’s native plants.

Increasing salt runoff is impacting Montgomery County residents’ water supply

Montgomery County, Maryland – Residents and private corporations excess use of road salt over the winter months has started to infiltrate the water supply. Through regulation and action forums and summits, the Department of Environmental Protection is working to combat the…

COVID pandemic leaves fishing industry casting for customers

KENT ISLAND, Maryland – The coronavirus pandemic has created a windfall for Maryland farmers as families, stuck at home, load up on local produce and cook their own meals. But for the state’s seafood purveyors, these are tough times. The…

UMD flights help the state understand air quality

The Regional Atmospheric Measurement Modeling and Prediction Program or RAMMPP, comprised of University of Maryland researchers and students, has helped the Maryland Department of the Environment improve regional air quality since 1999 by tracking how the ingredients for smog can originate from upwind states.
Due to Maryland’s geography and size, the state’s air quality is often affected by what is coming out of smokestacks upwind.
Traffic, development density and proximity to water — particularly the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic — also contribute to the state’s dirty air.

At symposium, Van Hollen stresses support for scientists, seriousness of climate change

COLUMBIA, Maryland — Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen on Wednesday stressed the urgency of understanding climate change and dismissed Trump administration efforts to ban the term as “all nonsense.” The Democrat, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the…

Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania fight clean water rollback

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency revoked two regulations last month dealing with clean water and air that present conflicting positions from the Trump Administration over the role states should play in protecting their own natural resources. The first came…

Undersized crab possession dominates Maryland crab violations

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources reported 2,341 crab-related violations across the state from 2013 through 2018. There were 27 types of infractions ranging from undersized crab possession to illegal harvesting methods.  Possession of undersized crabs was the highest reported infraction…

Federal funds aimed at boosting Chesapeake Bay oyster population

WASHINGTON – Efforts to increase Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population – a key indicator of the bay’s health – have received $800,000 in federal funding.   “This money will allow us and our partners – including the Maryland Department of Natural Resources…

New report on the Chesapeake Bay finds encouraging signs

The latest report on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed finds improving conditions for some of the key barometers.

Md. legislators push for increase in renewable energy, jobs

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Maryland legislators have high hopes for passing a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standards to 50 percent by 2030 and setting a plan in action to raise the standard to 100 percent by 2040, along…