Environment

Maryland installs more litter traps to protect water and sewer systems

Trash in waterways is hazardous for people, wildlife and the environment. Montgomery County releases its first litter trap in the Lockridge Drive Tributary adding on to the other seven traps in the Anacostia watershed. The traps will capture trash from going into the Chesapeake Bay and help mitigate the environmental impact.

College Park starts ‘No Mow April’ campaign to save pollinator habitats

The city of College Park is asking homeowners to not mow their lawns during April to promote pollinator habitat growth. This is the first year the city is starting ‘No Mow April’.

DC arborists prepare Washington for cherry blossoms

Washington – Arborists from the National Park Service work year-round to prepare the sakura trees for thousands of visitors during its peak bloom. But NPS officials are also trying to think of new ways to incorporate modern technology into the…

Washington Metrorail Safety Commission removes 60% of trains from service

Washington Metrorail Safety Commission ordered the removal of all 7000-series railcars from service. Only 40 trains will remain operating as of now. 7000-series trains make up nearly 60% of Metrorail’s fleet so trains will operate about every 30 minutes rather than the usual 5-8 minutes.

Facebook whistleblower testifies before members of the Senate

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen fielded questions and shared insight into Facebook’s daily routines at the media giant.

Animals at the Maryland Zoo are getting the animal-friendly COVID vaccine

Animals now are receiving protection from COVID with a vaccine provided by Zoetis at no cost to the zoos. It will be given to 34 animals at the zoo, and they will begin receiving the shots in October of this year.

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.