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Volume III, Number 10

April 2009

eMDE is a bi-monthly publication of the Maryland Department of the Environment. It covers articles on current environmental issues and events in the state. 

:: Featured Articles

Maryland General Assembly Passes Critical Bills to Protect Environment and Public Health

The Maryland General Assembly Session has passed several pieces of legislation to protect the environment and public health that were priorities for the Department of the Environment and that now go to Governor O’Malley’s desk for his signature.

“Shovel Ready” Clean Water Projects Coming to Maryland

Maryland, with the leadership of our talented Congressional delegation, tracked every step in the development of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Just days after President Obama signed the ARRA, the Department of Environment revisited our list of unfunded projects and put out the word to towns and counties across the State about the funding coming to Maryland. Read more. . .

Spring Cleaning and Household Hazardous Waste

Spring, who doesn’t love it? The longer days, warmer temperatures, and the traditional spring house cleaning. Among the items that might be thrown out during spring cleaning are potentially dangerous household hazardous wastes, such as paint, gasoline, oil, burned-out fluorescent lights, and nearly empty cans of wasp and hornet spray that can harm the environment and public health. 

EPA Survey Identifies $5.4 Billion of Needed Infrastructure Improvements for Maryland Water Supplies

As part of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, Congress established the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to provide low interest loans and other forms of financial assistance to public water systems.

How to Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

With the arrival of Spring, hot weather, air conditioning, and higher electricity bills are not far off. Warm temperatures also mean vacations and travel, but gas prices could rise again. How can you keep your home energy and travel costs down, while at the same time protecting air quality, your health, and our environment?

Take it from Maryland Farmers: Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay

Are you planning landscaping or gardening projects this Spring? The Maryland Department of Agriculture has great tools and tips to improve your garden and the Chesapeake Bay. “Take it from Maryland Farmers: Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay” is a series of easy backyard actions that homeowners can take to help the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Hospitals Join Forces to Protect Health and the Environment

While hospitals across the country have begun embracing the complimentary missions of caring for both public health and the environment, Maryland hospitals have had the distinct advantage of local, on-the-ground support through the Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) initiative.

Watershed Restoration Success Stories: Minebank Run, Upper Sligo Creek, and Ben’s Branch

MDE's 319 Nonpoint Source Program recognizes three watershed restoration projects which demonstrate the effectiveness of local Maryland restoration efforts. These are practical examples of actions that can be taken to achieve tangible water quality improvements.

Go Green in 2009! Limited Openings Available for Free Environmental Management System Program 

The Maryland Department of the Environment, in partnership with the University of Maryland Technology Extension Service, offers free assistance to Maryland companies in developing and implementing Environmental Management Systems (EMSs).

Live Sustainably: Protect Maryland’s Environment

Beautiful spring weather makes for great boating and fishing in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers Marylanders tips for sustainable living to help protect our waterways by being clean a boater.

MDE Recognizes Outstanding Employees

MDE’s Employee Incentive Performance Awards Program recognizes outstanding efforts by staff during each quarter.


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Editorial Board
Maryland Department of the Environment
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