Every summer, Marylanders flock to our waterways to seek relief from the summer heat, and enjoy our favorite aquatic activities. Whether we rent boats on the Pocomoke River, go swimming in Assateague, or go tubing near Gunpowder Falls, enjoying our rivers and streams is a big part of summer fun in Maryland. Environment Maryland created the Summer Fun Index to show just how important our waterways are to our most relaxing season!
Baltimore, MD – Today, Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way, showing strong solar growth across the nation including an 33.33%increase in Maryland in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.
Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast have been designated for offshore wind power development, enough to produce over 16,000 megawatts of electricity and power more than five million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center released in partnership with the Maryland Climate Coalition. “Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power” also contains a new analysis showing how the strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to Maryland right when we need it most - bringing down energy costs and local pollution.
(Annapolis, MD) – A coalition of nonprofit organizations working to reduce pollution and increase transparency from the agricultural industry said they support arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals today challenging a lower court decision that permanently prevents public access to agricultural pollution control information. The organizations also worry that the lower court’s broad ruling could threaten other citizen requests for public information, not related to agricultural pollution.
Baltimore, MD – Today, coming off the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, Environment Maryland stood with community leaders to release a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency signed by 72 small business owners. The letter expressed support for the EPA’s proposal to clarify Clean Water Act protection for many of Maryland’s waterways by closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act that currently leave 19% of Maryland’s streams and the drinking water for nearly 4 million Marylanders at risk of unchecked pollution.