Content about Maryland

12.08.11

 By GREG MASTERS

Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS - The Chesapeake Bay's oyster population has plummeted since the late 1960s, when Willy Dean, a Maryland waterman since the age of 17, would go hand tonging with his father and "load the boat with oysters."

"The catch is way, way down from what it was back then," Dean said.

10.13.11

By GREG MASTERS Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- A report released Thursday argues that waste-to-energy incinerators are not truly renewable, despite Maryland's waste-to-energy sector being placed in the same renewable energy class as solar and wind power.

The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project issued the report, which claims that the state’s two major waste-to-energy incinerators produce more pollution than some coal-fired power plants.

09.28.11

ANNAPOLIS – A pilot program to install tracking devices on some commercial fishing boats in the Chesapeake Bay may go into effect next year.

The program – which will be discussed at two open houses next week along with proposed fishing regulations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service – would be voluntary for commercial fishermen. But vessel monitoring systems may ultimately be required to discourage illegal fishing in Maryland, said Tom O’Connell, director of DNR’s fisheries service.

09.15.11

By GREG MASTERS Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- Biologists Andrew Watts and Alice Volpitta navigated the muddy, junk-strewn waters of the Chesapeake Bay, testing water quality and finding out just how much dirt and debris the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped into the bay.

Stopping their small boat near the mouth of the Patapsco River recently, Watts and Volpitta, who work for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, tested water clarity by measuring the Secchi depth, or how deep a disk could be dropped before it disappeared.

09.07.11

Hurricane Irene brought destruction to the mid-Atlantic region, but it also had a positive impact on the Chesapeake Bay, stirring the waters and allowing oxygen into the vast dead zone that stretches from Baltimore to Virginia.

09.02.11

By GREG MASTERS Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- Most of Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting Sunday after a weeklong closure, but waters at the mouth of the Patapsco River will stay off limits due to a ruptured pipeline that continues to spew millions of gallons of waste into the river.

05.06.11

The fruit of a third of the work done by state agencies, organizations and fisheries to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is being stolen through illegal harvesting, according to biologists who research oyster beds in the bay.

04.12.11

A bill that would have imposed a two-year moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation while an environmental impact study was completed stalled in the Senate this legislative session after easily passing the House.

04.06.11

Mike Vlahovich is a master wooden boat restorer who has worked on the same skipjack for more than four years. Skipjacks are the state boat of Maryland and have dwindled down to a remaining fleet of about 30.

03.21.11

Legislation to create a temporary moratorium on natural gas drilling in Western Maryland's Marcellus Shale deposits appears poised for passage in the House of Delegates.

03.03.11

By KERRY DAVIS Capital News Service Thursday, March 3, 2011

ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Martin O'Malley told legislators in the House Economic Matters Committee Thursday that offshore wind energy would create jobs and help the environment.

House Bill 1054 would contractually obligate utility companies to purchase some energy from offshore wind production companies for at least 20 years once wind turbines are built. If passed, local steel workers and energy companies are hoping to build the windmills in the Atlantic Ocean, about 12 miles offshore of Ocean City.

02.22.11

ANNAPOLIS -- Rockfish season will re-open for two days this month beginning on Friday.

02.18.11

ANNAPOLIS -- A Maryland delegate intends to file a bill Monday that would add up to two years of jail time to a list of penalties for first-time rockfish poachers.

02.09.11

A bill that would essentially impose a hold on natural gas drilling in Western Maryland until further studies are completed will be introduced Thursday in the House of Delegates.

02.05.11

Gill net fishing season was closed for the month and multiple agencies are offering a reward for information leading to arrests after a 10-ton rockfish poaching bust earlier this week.

02.03.11

KENT ISLAND -- Maryland Natural Resources Police found nearly seven tons of poached rockfish in illegally anchored fishing nets on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing the total this week to 10 tons of rockfish, authorities said.

01.13.11

By LAURA E. LEE Capital News Service Thursday, January 13, 2011

COLLEGE PARK - Local and state governments could see stormwater management fees from the federal government in "a matter of weeks," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Thursday about a new law he co-sponsored.

12.03.10

By NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Friday, December 3, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland submitted its final "pollution diet" plan Friday, which details how the state will achieve Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals five years earlier than mandated by the federal government.

10.14.10

By NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Friday, October 15, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - As a restoration scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Rob Schnabel shuttles around Western Maryland in his hybrid car persuading farmers to switch to grazing -- which is healthier, eco-friendly and more profitable than confinement farming, where cows are kept in stalls and injected with antibiotics.

10.11.10

By LAURA L. THORNTON Capital News Service

WASHINGTON - Developers unveiled a $5 billion undersea transmission cable project Tuesday that could link a Maryland wind farm planned off the Worchester County coast to the mainland electric grid upon completion in 2020.

09.13.10

By NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Tuesday, September 14, 2010

EDGEWOOD - School lunch is getting a healthy and fresh makeover this week as part of the third annual Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week at Edgewood Elementary School in Harford County.

State Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance joined local farmers and school officials at Edgewood Friday to spread awareness about healthy eating habits and supporting Maryland farmers.