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List of State Officials - Robert (Bob) L. Ehrlich Jr, Governor; Michael S. Steele, Lt. Governor; Kendl P. Philbrick, MDE Secretary 

Volume I, Number 4

August 2005

eMDE is a monthly publication of the Maryland Department of the Environment. It covers articles on current environmental issues and events in the state. Additional monthly features include: MDE public meetings and hearings schedule, enforcement and compliance notes, and permitting activity.​​

:: Featured Articles

Performance Partnership Agreement

A recently signed Performance Partnership Agreement through federal fiscal year 2006, commits the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increased cooperation on a range of issues such as wetlands, underground storage tanks, and environmental benefits districts.

Working to Protect the Bay

The main goal of the newly re-proposed Maryland water quality standards for the Chesapeake Bay is to set realistic, protective, and scientifically defensible criteria to adequately manage and protect the Bay from effects of nutrient pollution and sedimentation.

MDE Publishes Updated Business Guide

MDE's 2005 edition of the Business Guide to Environmental Permits and Approvals is here! Available this month, this useful guide provides information on the various permits, approvals, licenses, and registrations issued by the agency.

K&L Sets a High Standard, Pledges to Cut Pollutants

MDE and U.S. EPA Region III recognized K&L Microwave as the first company in Maryland to join the voluntary National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP). NPEP is a partnership under the Resource Conservation Challenge, a national campaign that encourages businesses to partner with environmental agencies and the public to forge solutions for today’s environmental concerns.

Watershed Study Will Assess Deer Creek’s Usage, Availability

MDE is partnering with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to help determine the amount of ground and surface water available to users.

Make Your Car Wash Event Eco-friendly

Car wash fundraiser season is in full swing. While the splashing and hard work of kids and community volunteers so popular on fairweather roadsides is fun, they can be detrimental to the environment if runoff is not properly managed.

Monitoring Interstate Pollutant Transport From The Western Maryland Piney Run Site

MDE's Air Quality Monitoring and Planning Program deployed a new air monitoring site in 2004 to track the impact of interstate pollutant transport on air quality in Maryland. The Piney Run site will provide a continuous time series of air quality data.

Maryland Requires Reporting, Public Notification of Sewage Overflows

Sewage overflows can cause backups, bypass normal discharge methods and leave contaminated waters untreated.

Mining Site is 1000 Trees Richer

The benefits of reforestation in the western Allegany County coal region were emphasized in an Arbor Day Ceremony as a consortium of several committees and government agencies came together to plant trees.

MDE Unveils New Booth at MML

The Maryland Municipal League held its annual convention in Ocean City June 26-29 where the Maryland Department of the Environment unveiled its new exhibit booth.

:: Enforcement and Compliance Notes

This section provides a monthly report on the State's environmental enforcement and compliance activities. This issue covers the period between June 15, 2005 - July 15, 2005.

:: For the Record

This section provides a partial list by county of applications received by MDE and other permitting activity between June 15, 2005 - July 15, 2005.



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Maryland Department of the Environment
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