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.

Prince George’s County looks to return to normal with re-openings

Upper Marlboro, MD – As spring starts to bloom, nature centers and other attractions in Prince George’s County are re-opening and restoring a sense of normalcy. Residents are signing up to get outside and get back to their favorite points…

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…

Board of Public Works approves natural gas pipeline permit

The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday afternoon voted 3-0 to approve a permit for a controversial natural gas pipeline in Somerset and Wicomico counties.

Harpers Ferry rock climbers worry closures could set precedent for future access

HARPERS FERRY, West Virginia – “This is not how the Park Service is supposed to work.” That’s according to Eric Murdock, policy director for the Access Fund, a rock climbing advocacy organization that has worked with land managers all over…

Cold weather? Hot weather? New blend of grasses keeps sports fields lush no matter the season

Dr. Gregg Munshaw knew the history around mixing cold season grasses with warm season grasses. He knew of the attempts in California in the 1950s and heard of a University of Maryland researcher trying it again in the 1970s. Both…

Joint effort aims at addressing Langley Park housing ills

LANGLEY PARK, Maryland – Just outside the nation’s capital, this community has been struggling for years with aging and neglected housing.  Many properties are overcrowded, poorly maintained, and have multiple environmental health hazards such as mold, lead-based paints, and pest infestations. For all…

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.

Girl sleeps in a land-locked boat to protest inaction on climate change

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Montgomery County high school student Jordan McAuliff, 17, slept on a boat hitched to the back of a trailer for four nights to protest inaction on climate change. The protest coincided with international climate activist Greta Thunberg’s call for a strike on December 6.