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12.03.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, December 3, 2009

ANNAPOLIS- Gov. Martin O'Malley announced plans to drastically change Maryland's oyster industry Thursday in the hopes of stimulating the state's economy and growing the dwindling oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay.

The three-pronged proposal includes plans to increase Maryland's network of oyster sanctuaries, expand areas available for aquaculture and private leasing of oyster harvesting, and protect current fisheries from leasing.

11.20.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Friday, November 20, 2009

ANNAPOLIS- Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer said the city intends to test a floating island in a local lagoon that, if successful, could help clean water in the Chesapeake Bay.

Moyer also announced an eco-friendly renovation of a city parking lot and the creation of a private/public partnership to offer property owners tax-exempt, low-interest rate loans to install energy efficient equipment.

The floating island, which would absorb nutrients from the water, will be tested in a lagoon in Back Creek Nature Park.

11.04.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - EPA Senior Adviser Chuck Fox said in two interviews last week that Maryland poultry farmers could face more stringent pollution regulations than those in other states, a stance that has drawn opposition from Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Maryland Farm Bureau.

Fox said that although the amount of pollution large-scale poultry farms can produce is regulated by states, the Environmental Protection Agency has the final say in the matter and can force states to make stricter guidelines if need be.

10.13.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Wednesday, October 14, 2009

BALTIMORE - Garrett County residents told the Maryland Public Service Commission Wednesday that a proposed wind farm would be noisy, ineffective and potentially put them in danger.

Representatives for Synergics Wind Energy, the developers of the proposed 24-turbine wind farm in Garrett County, said the project would provide clean energy and be completely safe. The commission is expected to rule on the project in the near future.

10.05.09

Megan Brubaker dove into the Choptank River in Cambridge for the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon last month, well aware of the high levels of pollution in the bay, but with no concerns for her health.

Unlike Brubaker, some Maryland residents are terrified at the prospect of swimming in the Chesapeake Bay. But scientists and regular bay swimmers assure there are little to no negative side effects of taking a dip in the water -- as long as you do it at the right time.

09.30.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, October 1, 2009

EDGEWATER - Tricia Murray is used to working at an HSBC bank in the prairies of Canada's Saskatchewan province.

But for two weeks, the bank paid its assistant manager to drop what she was doing and work with a kind of green found in the remote forests of Maryland.

HSBC sent 12 employees to work with researchers at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater as "climate champions." They were directed to learn about climate change and come back with ideas to make the company more eco-friendly.

09.09.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, September 10, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Thursday to curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay with tighter regulations on urban, suburban and agricultural runoff and sanctions for states that don't make sufficient progress.