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List of State Officials - Martin O'Malley, Governor; Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor; Robert Summers, MDE Secretary 

Volume IV, Number 10

June 2011

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

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Featured Articles

Come on in, the water's fine (most of the time): Helping swimmers stay healthy on Maryland beaches 

Maryland's beaches, on the coast and inland, offer beauty and the promise of summer fun. But natural waters can sometimes hold unseen dangers -- so the Maryland Department of the Environment works to help keep swimmers healthy. More >

Summers named MDE Secretary, Kinsey appointed Deputy Secretary

Robert M. Summers, a veteran MDE official acclaimed for his role in efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and his expertise in a range of environmental issues, has been appointed Maryland's Secretary of the Environment. Kathy M. Kinsey, Senior Policy Advisor at MDE and former Deputy Counsel to the Department, was named Deputy Secretary. More >

MDE headlines

Feasting on "delectable" striped bass, an Executive Order on "fracking," a new Sparrows Point assessment, Maryland's rapid radiation response.More >

2011 Maryland Green Registry Awards 

CSX Corporation, E-Structors, Inc., the National Aquarium in Baltimore, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, and the University of Maryland, College Park, are the winners of the second annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards, presented to organizations that have shown a strong commitment to sustainable practices, measurable results, and continuous improvement. More >

General Assembly 2011: Lead paint protections strengthened, septic system curbs and other environmental initiatives marked for summer study 

Maryland lawmakers have taken steps to further protect Maryland children from lead paint poisoning, and they will continue to explore other issues affecting the environment and public health for possible future action. More >

Rainy day ideas: MDE's Clean Water Innovations Trade Show July 13

Maryland businesses, here's a chance to showcase your inventive approaches to protecting the Chesapeake Bay from polluted stormwater runoff. More >

Colleges float ideas for greenhouse gas reductions

The Maryland Department of the Environment is bringing the state's colleges and universities to the table to share information about their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. More >

MDE, farmers gain ground in keeping nutrients from Bay waters 

As part of a multi-pronged approach to reducing nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland Department of the Environment continues to make significant progress in working with farmers to control runoff that could affect the waterway's health. More >

2011 Tawes, Coulter Awards 

A project to equip an ice arena with Maryland’s largest rooftop installation of solar panels earned Standard Solar the 34th annual Tawes Award for a clean environment. Youth Action Corps, a Frederick-based program where middle and high school students plan and implement learning service projects, with the environment as an area of focus, won the Tawes Youth Award. Paul Kazyak of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources won the James B. Coulter Award, which acknowledges environmental contributions by a government employee. More >

Whether growing, mowing, or throwing away, you can be green: A brief guide 

You can heed the call to Plant More Plants. Go electric with your lawn mower. Handle your home HazMats with care. As the season brings its warm-weather rites, here are some ways to stay green. More >

Plant a tree from the comfort of your desk

This afternoon, after sending out that last email and filing that expense report, why not help plant a tree in a Maryland State Park? More >

MDE issues new permit for pesticide use

The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a new general permit that underscores the requirement to follow proper procedures when applying pesticides in and near waterways to control mosquitos, algae, and other nuisances. More >

EMECS 9 water summit coming to Baltimore

Leaders in the protection and restoration of the world's coastal seas are coming to Baltimore to share insights and lessons learned.More > 

MDE rolls with Bike to Work Day 

A group of MDE employees pedaled their way to the office on a May Friday -- doing their part for clean air. More >

Spotlight on staff: Meet Employee of the Year Gary Kelman 

Gary Kelman, who has spearheaded the Maryland Department of the Environment's efforts to reduce pollution from large animal feeding operations, has been named the agency's Employee of the Year. He was one of four finalists for the award. More >



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