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Anne Arundel County -
Department of Health
Recreational Water Quality Alert
WEEMS CREEK SECTION CLOSED DUE TO WASTEWATER SPILL
Update: Creek is still closed as of May 21
May 15, 2013 -- The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against swimming and other direct water contact for a section of Weems Creek in Annapolis, Maryland. The affected area includes the section of Weems Creek from its headwaters to Rowe Boulevard. The closing is due to a wastewater spill of approximately 120,000 gallons caused by a Jennifer Road force main break that occurred Wednesday afternoon, May 15.
The Department of Health posted signs and the County Department of Public Works cleaned the impacted land area. The waterway closure will remain in effect until further notice. People coming in contact with the affected water are advised to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.
For more information on the status of the advisory, visit www.aahealth.org, or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999.
Stormwater planters are good
for ducks too!
A family of mallards has decided that one of the stormwater planters the Spa Creek Conservancy installed at Annapolis Hyundai at 935 West Street is a good place to bring up their ducklings. Hyundai employees say they are doing all they can to ensure that the famliy is not disturbed.
Hike the Restoration of Cabin Branch
Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.
Hike the Cabin Branch of the Severn River
Depart from the parking lot of First National Bank, 1000 Bestgate Road
In celebration of Anne Arundel County's wild open spaces and efforts to keep our waterways clean, join Annapolis Green, the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, the Severn River Association and the Severn Riverkeeper for a three-hour easy, guided hike along the recently restored Cabin Branch. It's a delightful walk in the woods along mostly flat, easy terrain. The hike will be led by Keith Underwood and coordinated by Mike Robinson of the Severn River Association.
The project was implemented by Keith Underwood, Underwood and Associates Ecosystem Restoration, with design by David Wallace, both long time pioneers in effective stormwater management and improving our watersheds. The initial restoration work along the stormwater outfalls has created a "lovers" walk, as stated by some who have seen the dramatic transformation of these wetlands. Cabin Branch passes under the railroad line slated for hiker/biker improvements, so you will get a chance to see this too. Severn Riverkeeper Fred Kelly and David Wallace will be there as well.
No RSVP is necessary. Please direct any questions to Mike by clicking here.
The Cabin Branch Stream Restoration Project is a major breakthrough in waterway protection taking huge stormwater runoff from the Annapolis Mall and businesses along General's Highway and slowing it down with a series of step pools and weirs to allow it naturally infiltrate into the ground. Before the project began, a canyon had been excised into the stream from stormwater entering it in two very big pipes under the roads. That had completely destroyed the hydrology and ecology of what had once been a productive, fishable stream.
Now that the Severn Riverkeeper has poured over $900,000 into the latest cutting-edge technology, the stream is expected to come to life again. And it will serve as a prototype that can be duplicated throughout the Bay watershed. Come and see for yourself!
The Green Building Institute (GBI) and the Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Education (MAEOE) have teamed to invite key stakeholders to participate in a networking event at the Enviro Center (7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup) introducing a Green and healthy home program for existing homes that identifies and supports healthy and efficient homes through training, resources and certification. GBI and MAEOE are looking for partners interested in the creation of a certification program to foster healthy, efficient, sustainable homes resulting in societal changes in behavior. The audience: Students, schools, educators and families; agents of change.
Families who own or rent their homes don’t have an authority to turn to for information on greening their current homes. This program fills a void where there is currently a lack of clear information on environmental best practices and a need to consolidate information and resources in a central place. The program’s goal is to establish and provide guidelines to determine whether a home is healthy, efficient, and environmentally sustainable.
A growing number of local schools are participating in the Maryland Green School Program, which provides a holistic approach to growing environmentally literate students and sustainable environmental best management practices in the school and on school grounds. As students become more aware of what they can do at school, they are beginning to transfer that knowledge back to their families. Creating the program encourages families to take what their children are learning at school, back to the home “Creating Green and Healthy Lives at School and Home.” Key people in education, government, business, finance, real estate professionals, non-profits, community groups, construction, residential remodeling, and environmental professionals who support “Creating Green and Healthy Existing Homes.”
Option 1 - Breakfast: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., with a continental breakfast; Option 2 - After-Work: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with light appetizers and beverages.
- Stan Sersen, President and Founder of the Green Building Institute (GBI): Stan is a graduate of the University of Maryland Architecture School, is a licensed Architect, an accredited professional with the US Green Council LEED certification program, and is the Founder of the Green Building Institute. He is the designer and developer of the Enviro Center, a Green Executive Office Building in Howard County. Stan has over thirty years experience in Environmental Design and has been invited by the Governor, the Howard County Executive, and various agencies to sit on sustainability task forces.
- Laura Collard, Executive Director, Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE): Laura is Executive Director of the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). Laura has management and leadership experience with non-profit and profit organizations in the United Kingdom and the United States. Laura has been with MAEOE for nearly two years.
Both GBI nd MAEOE are experienced non-profits dedicated to environmental, healthy, efficient and sustainable programs geared for individuals, families, schools and businesses.
Saturday, April 20 - GreenScape
morning hours, in many locations throughout Annapolis
GreenScape is a volunteer effort that encourages and supports individuals and organizations to plant and maintain native gardens in public areas throughout the city. Volunteers clean up and plant flower and vegetable gardens in public spaces throughout the City. The City provides plant materials, mulch, trash bags and gloves; the community provides volunteers who want to make a difference in Annapolis. Information
Here is a list of GreenScape sites all around Annapolis:
Annapolis Maritime Museum
| Heritage Baptist Church
Horn Point Park
Knighton Garage Island
Lincoln Drive Raingarden
Mt. Moriah AME Church
Mt. Olive AME Church
Mt. Olive Community Life Center
Parole Health Center
Post Office Park
St. Luke's Church
Severn House Condominiums
Truxtun Park tennis courts
Turner Park Playground
Turner Park (R&P)
West Annapolis Elementary
Name the Chesapeake Bay Trust's License Plate Heron Contest
win big prizes
Want a chance to win Southwest airline tickets, a gift card to your favorite store, and other prizes while you name a Chesapeake Bay icon? Then enter the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s first ever “Name our Bird” competition. The Trust, a non-profit grantmaking organization dedicated to helping restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, is looking for creative names to give an identity to the iconic blue heron used on the organization’s official logo and Treasure the Chesapeake license plates. The contest launches April 1 and name submissions can be made through the Trust’s Bay Plate website. The naming submission period will end on April 15. Three names will be chosen as finalists and voted upon by the public from April 19 until April 26. The official winner will be named on April 29 and there are multiple chances to win prizes. Read more.
For the Spirit and the Environment:
Take the 2013 Ecumenical Lenten Plastic Bag Fast Pledge
Lent is right around the corner. Here is one thing people in the Christian faith tradition can do as a spiritual and environmental act: Give us plastic bags for Lent!
The Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (formerly the Chesapeake Covenant Community) has created the Ecumenical Lenten Plastic Bag Fast 2013, from February 13 to March 30. Protecting the environment is our responsibility as stewards of Creation and Lent is a time to repent, reflect, sacrifice, and listen for God. We are conscious of our actions during this time, and this action will serve to remind us of the need for all of us to care for the Earth.
So, put your reusable bags in the car and use them, not only in the grocery store, but for every shopping trip. Million of plastic bags litter our neighborhoods, parks, and streams. They are not just unsightly but unhealthy - to wildlife and to us - and once in the environment, they can take decades to break down, leaving behind tiny bits of plastic for critters to ingest. Learn more.
In Maryland, and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole, private forestland plays a vital role in helping to maintain water quality and overall watershed health.
During the past two decades there has been a rapid increase in the number of forest landowners in the region. Often the only person many new landowners have contact with in terms of understanding the nature of their land purchase is their real estate broker.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Forestry for the Bay program, along with partners, are developing a four hour professional course to educate Maryland realtors on the economic, ecological and social importance of forest ownership while helping them become versed in the various opportunities and incentives that exist for these landowners. Learn more.
AAMC Green Team's E-Waste Day a Triple Win
The Anne Arundel Medical Center Green Team had a big success today, January 12, with its E-Waste event and the benefits go way beyond the Annapolis area. A big truck was filled top to bottom with crates full of computers, TVs, stereos, and more this morning as many people dropped off items that were no longer useful to them. The items will be taken apart, materials separated, and sold to be used again in the manufacture of something else. Here’s the win-win-win side of this:
A sampling of the items collected that will create jobs in Baltimore.
Al Todd, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, donated a big TV.
- People like me cleared our homes of unwanted electronics in an environmentally sound way.
- People who need jobs in our area will benefit. Rather than shipping the items overseas, the collection truck was bound for a reclamation company in Baltimore that has hired local people.
- The environment benefited too – as a great deal of plastic and hazardous waste was reclaimed and kept out of the landfill.
Charlotte Wallace of the hospital’s Green Team said she heard from a lot of people that they learned about the event from Annapolis Green! We’re glad to spread the word.
Menhaden Limits Recommended
A message from CBF (Friday, Dec. 24, 2012, 3:25 p.m.):
Moments ago, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to adopt a science-based plan to better protect menhaden, a fish vital to the marine ecosystem and to important commercial fisheries. Never before have we had a coastwide cap on the harvesting of menhaden. With this decision, the Commission voted to reduce the catch of menhaden by 20 percent.
CBF applauds this historic action. It is a critical step toward restoring healthy menhaden stocks along the Atlantic coast and in the Chesapeake Bay. This decision will not only benefit the Bay, osprey, striped bass, and bluefish, but will begin to ensure a sustainable fishery for those who depend on menhaden for their livelihood.
It is imperative that East Coast states from Maine to Florida implement the commission's management plan. This is especially important in Virginia, where more than 80 percent of the coastwide menhaden catch is landed.
Thank all of you who supported the protection of this most important fish (the Commission received more than 120,000 comments of which 86 percent supported a strong conservation-minded management plan for menhaden).
Now available, the official National Park Service app for exploring parks and trails in the Chesapeake Bay region – including the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, and national and state parks. | Download from iTunes
Oct. 30, 2012 - The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing for Little Patuxent River and warns against wading and other direct water contact for the river south of MD Route 32. The closing is due to a power outage at Howard County’s Little Patuxent Wastewater Reclamation Plant, which caused a wastewater overflow of more than 2,000,000 gallons on October 29 and 30. The river is closed until further notice. People coming in contact with affected water should wash well with soap and warm, clean water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.
For information on the status of the closing and other recreational waterway closures and advisories, visit the Department’s website or call the Water Quality Line, 410-222-7999.Subscribers to the Department’s Recreational Water Quality E-mail Alert System will receive e-mail notifying them when the waterway is re-opened. To sign up for the free e-alert system, visit Recreational Water Quality E-mail Alert. Alerts can also be received via text messages on cellphones and smartphones by following the Department on Twitter
The Annapolis Maritime Museum, in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, NOAA, Chesapeake Bay Savers and Maryland’s DNR, has launched its innovative 2012-2013 Oyster Environmental Literacy Program for 6th grade students at four area middle schools.
Over the course of the school year, more than 1,000 students will receive 20 hours of instruction. The program examines human interaction with the environment, oyster ecology and industry, measuring and tracking oyster spat and water quality.
Seventy oyster cages are being seeded and set along the finger piers at City Dock through the end of November. In the spring, students will ‘plant’ their oysters in an oyster sanctuary in the Severn River – the largest educational program of the Maryland Grows Oysters Program with Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Oyster Program.
Outgoing, enthusiastic and committed volunteers are needed throughout the school year. Knowledge of oyster ecology is helpful, but not required.
Training will be provided for a specific demonstration. Volunteers are needed from 9 AM to 2 PM and can choose from any number of dates. We’re seeking volunteers who will commit at least 5 days within a 5-week period.
Volunteers will be proud to participate in Maryland’s new, Environmental Literacy Initiative – and you’ll gain knowledge about oysters and the Chesapeake Bay.
The Trust is accepting applications for its 2013 Awards Program to honor students, teachers, individuals, communities and organizations for their work to promote education, improve local communities and help restore the Chesapeake Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is now accepting applications for our 2013 Awards Program. These awards honor students, teachers, individuals, communities and organizations for their work to promote education, improve local communities and help restore the Chesapeake Bay. All nominations and applications are due December 20, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.
2013 Teacher of the Year Award: This award is given to a Maryland educator who has shown outstanding commitment to environmental education. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members. The winner will receive a $2,500 mini grant for environmental education and restoration from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. To nominate a teacher in Maryland for this award, click here.
2013 Student of the Year Scholarship: The Student of the Year award is given to a Maryland high school or college student who has shown an outstanding commitment to environmental stewardship, Chesapeake Bay restoration and community involvement. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members and the winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. To nominate a student in Maryland for this award, click here.
2013 Honorable Arthur Dorman Scholarship: This award recognizes a Maryland high school or college student who demonstrates a commitment to improving the health of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay and who, as a student of color, exhibits exemplary leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in his/her school and broader community. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members and the winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship. To nominate a student in Maryland for this award, click here.
2013 Ellen Fraites Wagner Award: The Ellen Fraites Wagner award is given to an individual who has shown exceptional commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and exhibits leadership in the Bay community. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members. To nominate an individual for this award, click here.
2013 Melanie Teems Award: This award recognizes an exemplary project funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust that engages Maryland students or citizens in Bay education or restoration work. Applicants for this award can be self-nominated or nominated by anyone except family members. To nominate a project for this award, click here.
Report finds that few pollution cases are prosecuted in criminal court
State and federal authorities are filing few criminal cases involving water pollution violations, according to a report by the Center for Progressive Reform. The organizatino analyzed several years of information about state and federal environmental crimes and found that civil lawsuits and administrative penalties are filed more often than criminal cases. Read more.
The report concludes that Maryland’s oysters had the lowest level of disease last year since state biologists began testing for it in 1990. The state’s fall oyster survey from 2011 also indicated that the low disease level also low levels of oyster deaths.
A Picture Tells the Story of Future Coastal Flooding
Researchers explore new tools to raise public awareness, discussion
Seeing -- and listening -- really does equal believing when it comes to public understanding of the sea-level rise that threatens communities along the Chesapeake Bay. That’s the finding of a recent experiment that tested an interactive, online map and other new ways of showing Marylanders who live by the Bay just how real may be the threat of increased coastal flooding from rising seas. A research team led by George Mason University developed new educational tools that they hope may help Marylanders to understand and prepare for the flooding threat. And earlier this year, they tested these tools with residents of Anne Arundel County. The results showed promise. Read more.
See micorparks created in parking spaces downtown
Friday, September 21
PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event where citizens and organizations collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places.
The Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (Maryland ASLA) is participating in the celebration. Maryland ASLA and Ciminellis Landscape Services will transform three parking spaces on Dock Street along Ego Alley and will feature activities throughout the entire day for children and adults, including live music by musician Doug Segree at lunchtime and The Audissey playing at 5:30 p.m.
There will be other parks located throughout Annapolis including:
-Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects and Homestead Gardens will create a life-size chess board at the bottom of Main Street in front of Zacharys Jewelers to celebrate the Chess-apeake.
-Richard Sweeney Landscape Architects will partner with E-Landscape Specialty Solutions to focus on Chesapeake Bay friendly products and options in front of Tsunami at 51 West Street.
-Garden Girls Landscaping will showcase tips and tools for harvesting rainwater in front of 49 West Coffeehouse.
-Gay Crowther Landscape Architects will team with Eden Contracting at 75 Maryland Avenue in front of Annebeths.
PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat
at least until the meter runs out. For more details, please visit www.parkingday.org.
Punk's Backyard Grill and Davis' Pub:
Two Sustainable Restaurants Featured on Television
Davis' Pub was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives on the Food Network. Punk's was named one the "Top 10 Cheap Eats in the United States" by Fox News/Gayot. Both establishments offer sustainable, organic food and practice environmentally friendly operations. Congratulations to both!
We had a blast. Read all about it!
Galway Bay is Maryland's First Green Travel Restaurant Partner
Galway Bay Irish Pub has been approved as a Maryland Green Travel Partner ... the very first restaurant in the state to obtain that designation. Galway Bay and the other restaurants in the Irish Restaurant Company group have some of the greenest practices in town ... and now state! They are not only Irish Green but Sustainable Green. Read their "Live Green Eat Irish" mission statement and practices. Congratulations to Fenton and Michael Galway and Anthony Clarke for the Maryland Green Travel designation! You'll be able to sample that sustainable Irish fare at our Green Drinks event in May.
Read about us in Capital Style -- it seems our Green Drinkers are fashionistas!
True Blue Crabs
Soon you'll be able to tell if the crab soup, cake, or dip you order in a restaurant is made of real Maryland crab, and not from imported crab, just by looking for the True Blue logo. Read the story in the Capital.
Connect with Maryland’s Public & Private School Communities
in Environmental Education
The Youth Summit's purpose is to introduce school populations to organizations and programs available for environmental education, to showcase actions that schools have taken to reduce their environmental footprint, and to celebrate schools that achieve Maryland Green School Certification in 2012. In a nod to this year's summer Olympics, this year's theme is: Green, Greener, Greenest Maryland Schools, Go for the Green! Attendance of 5000 students, teachers, principals, parents from all over Maryland is expected. For details, click here.
What's New With Maryland Green Travel?
Maryland Green Travel has spent the past nine months redesigning the online, self-certification application making it more user friendly. The new comprehensive, all-inclusive self-certification application for Accommodations, Restaurants and Attractions should be live on the Maryland Green Travel website by the end of March with an official announcement/launch in April.
During the redesign process, Maryland Green Travel continued to welcome new lodging partners and now has 36 Lodging Partners who are all doing wonderful things. Visit the website at www.visitmaryland.org/green/Pages/LodgingPartners.aspx to see the full list of Maryland Green Travel Lodging Partners.
In addition, Maryland Green Travel launched a partnership with DNR’s Clean Marina Program to welcome Clean Marina members as Maryland Green Travel Partners. There are currently 45 Maryland Clean Marinas recognized on the VisitMaryland.org website. Visit the website at www.visitmaryland.org/green/Pages/DNRCleanMarinas.aspx to see the full list of Maryland Green Travel Clean Marina Partners.
Maryland Green Travel also welcomed 19 destination marketing organizations and other associations as Supporting Partners of the Maryland Green Travel program. Supporting Partners pledge to support and promote the ideals of the Maryland Green Travel program, help to recruit new members and attempt to hold green meetings, conferences and events.
Maryland Green Travel also launched its Green Event guidance and provides a great checklist of ideas to green your next meeting, conference or event. The checklist can be downloaded from the website at www.visitmaryland.org/green/Pages/GreenEvents.aspx.
Police Explorers Collecting Empty Toner and Ink Cartridges
The Annapolis Police Explorers Post 199 are collecting empty toner and ink cartridges to recycle and raise money to benefit the Explorer program. The brands accepted are Apple, Brother, Canon, Compaq, Dell, Hewlett Packard, and Lexmark. Please put the used toner and ink cartridges in a Ziploc bag and bring them to the Annapolis Police Department. The toner cartridges should be given to Officer Card or Patty Norris.
Severn Watershed News
On Jan. 18, 2012, the Severn River Association unveiled its new, proactive program to help fight stormwater pollution that threatens the Severn River watershed. The SRA Watershed Audit program will document widespread stormwater pollution violations and seek amiable and quick resolutions to the runoff problems. SRA President Duane Wilding and Richard Klein of Community & Environmental Defense Services explained SRA's goals to enlist and train citizen volunteers to help educate the public on proper maintenance of stormwater control techniques. Information about CEDS recently completed Severn River Preliminary Watershed Audit which does not bode well for efforts to restore the Severn River. Read more.
Report: Water Works - Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, Greening the Environment
A 57-page report released in October 2011 says that spending $188 billion on green infrastructure would generate billions more in economic activity and create almost two million jobs nationwide. The report, produced by Green For All, in partnership with American Rivers, Pacific Institute, and the Economic Policy Institute, sets out the problem facing cities throughout the United States: Aging infrastructure surrounding drinking water, waste water and stormwater. Read the report.
As part of the RainScaping Campaign, Quiet Waters Park, the Chesapeake Ecology Center, and the South River Federation pooled resources for the installation of a RainScaping Education Station and Rain Garden at the 340-acre Quiet Waters Park. The project was completed in early December.
Academy helps communities 'take ownership of their stormwater'
Master watershed stewards serve as an example and offer guidance to local homeowners
Sail Aid to Haiti
Our boat show partners, TransMarine Pro, who founded Sailors Without Borders, have a new video online about their sailing aid project for the children of Haiti. Have a look at this moving video, open your heart and donate to this great cause.
Maryland Smart Green & Growing
The new Smart, Green & Growing website at www.green.maryland.gov. will help citizens, businesses and local governments more easily find their way to an increasing number of sustainable programs, services and ideas. Consider becoming a partner.
The SGG team has put together great green programs from multiple state agencies in one place where you can access some really useful stuff that can save you money, get you statewide recognition for the green things you are doing and give you the upper hand in keeping up with innovations from Maryland's businesses.
- Sign up to be a Smart, Green & Growing Partner on the website. The initiative is also actively recruiting new Smart, Green & Growing partners, that, by sharing their own green successes and initiatives, can gain a reputation for being environmentally responsible and inspiring others to take action.
- Send SGG your success stories so they can highlight them statewide. Each week they will feature a new story from three partners that will show how they are making a difference.
- Add the Smart, Green & Growing link to your website and give your customers and employees easy access to great state programs, information and resources.
- Deposit a green idea into the Smart, Green & Growing Idea Bank. The more user-friendly and interactive format also encourages regular input from the public. The Idea Bank is a new, ongoing forum in which local governments, businesses and citizens can share green ideas.
Governor O'Malley launched the Smart, Green and Growing Initiative in 2008 to engage every Marylander in the State's efforts to create a more sustainable future - one that recognizes the inherent connection between our quality of life, our economy and our environment.
SGG brings together state agencies, local governments, businesses and citizens to create more livable communities, improve transportation options, reduce the state's carbon footprint, support resource based industry, invest in green technologies, preserve valuable resource lands and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay. It is by working together to make these choices that we are creating a stronger economy, a healthier environment and a greener, more sustainable future for all Maryland families.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has a new executie director, Albert H. Todd. A veteran Bay policy maker, Todd begins his new job in September. Read more.
MARC Green Workforce Study and Green Jobs Portal Marry Research With Real-Time Technology to Support Green Economy
A dozen regional, statewide and local Chesapeake Bay advocacy groups wrote to Governor O'Malley in March asking that an independent panel of leading Bay scientists be convened to determine if high voltage transmission lines could be safely buried beneath the Chesapeake Bay. "We are concerned that a proposal to place two extra-high voltage transmission cables beneath 39 miles of the Chesapeake Bay and Choptank River may impede restoration effects." Read the letter. | More information
Exposed Soil = Pollution: a new approach for substantially improving construction site erosion control compliance
From Richard Klein of Community & Environmental Defense Services: The goal of this approach is to create a widespread public perception that exposed soil on a construction is not only illegal but means that a nearby waterway will be polluted come the next rain. I’m deeply concerned that unless we can find a way to improve compliance, the Chesapeake Bay sediment TMDL will not be met, at least in the developing portions of the Bay watershed. Who knows; maybe we can even make exposed construction site soil as politically incorrect as junk cars on the lawn, burning leaves, and cell phone use in public places. The approach could also dramatically increase the number of people actively participating in the effort to reduce sediment pollution. Unlike past citizen sediment control monitoring efforts, ES=P requires very little time, no training, no trespass, and no contractor-enforcement agency confrontations. Instead, participants simply use an online form to report exposed soil when they find it on a construction site. Legitimate reports are then forwarded to the appropriate enforcement agency. It is my hope that online reporting will allow us to compile a database for use in identifying those areas where compliance is poor and greater public support is needed so enforcement agencies can get the resources essential to improved compliance. If this approach does take off then I’d be delighted to forward reports from whatever part of Maryland you wish. In the meantime, I’d deeply appreciate any thoughts you have on how ES=P can be improved.
The recently completed Gott's Court surface parking lot has attracted the national attention of landscape architects.
An article in the American Society of Landscape Architects (LAND) publication highlights this one-of-a-kind environmentally sustainable project created to handle heavy rainfall.
The Gott's project was designed to fit in with the character of the Historic District while providing parking for cars, bikes and scooters. It includes solar power pay and display as well as unique landscaping and engineering to handle heavy rainfall.
The project's sustainable elements also include on-site stormwater management, 10,000 square feet of permeable brick pavers six rain gardens, native plants, recycled glass, refurbished street lights, solar bollards and recycled corrugated flexible rain pipes.
The article references the lot's ability to drain runoff from a historic storm that dropped more than 9 inches of rain on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. To read LAND's article, go to http://bit.ly/eJKK07.
The Irish Restaurant Company is greener than just the green of an Irish Shamrock.
Anthony Clarke, Partner and CFO, announces, “We are challenging ourselves to go 40 shades of green in all of our three locations in Anne Arundel County, Md.” And yes, you guessed it, spinning off Johnny Cash’s hit song 40 Shades of Green written about his visit to Ireland. “We believe this green endeavor will not only continue to protect and enhance our bottom line but it is also the right thing to do.”
“With the love and respect for our home country of Ireland and growing up with its beautiful 40 shades of green we all agreed, as responsible business owners in the communities in which our families live, work and play, that it is important to become environmental stewards by reducing our carbon footprint in each of our three locations,” says Clarke. Galway Bay, Annapolis, MD; Brian Boru, Severna Park, Md.; and Killarney House, Davidsonville, Md.; are all making strides to reduce their carbon footprint through, recycling, rain barrels, Earth friendly serving products, re-using materials for renovation work, turning used fry oil into bio-fuels, eliminating plastic, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, minimizing water usage, encouraging environmentally friendly transportation with by partnering with e-cruisers, and promoting environmental organizations and community events. | read more
Free Trees for the Free State
You can help raise funds for tree planting in Maryland Parks -- it will take about two minutes and is free to you.
Click on the image. That will take you to the Odwalla Maryland website.
Questions: Contact Gene Deems at DNR.
Got an iPhone? You can carry the Chesapeake's critters with you!
Created by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, this interactive field guide includes all the wild animals and plants of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Read more at the iTunes store.
PlanetGreen.com recommends seven mobile phone apps to aid you in living the Green life. Click here.
See the City's Community Action Plan for sustainability and its 2010 Scorecard. There are lots of ideas in both documents on how you can live a sustainable life too.
Spa Creek Stewardship Program Partners with Annapolis Hyundai and Rich Morton Lincoln Mercury Automobile Dealerships to Reduce Stormwater Runoff
The Spa Creek Stewardship Program, Annapolis Hyundai and Rich Morton Lincoln Mercury automobile dealerships have joined forces to reduce stormwater runoff and improve the health of Spa Creek. Annapolis Hyundai and Rich Morton Lincoln Mercury are located adjacent to one another on West Street in Annapolis. This major initiative represents over $175,000 in materials and labor, and is funded by grants awarded to the Spa Creek Conservancy by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The dealerships are also providing cash match to the grants.
Spa Creek Conservancy launched the Spa Creek Stewardship Program in 2009 with funding support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and in partnership with the Center for Watershed Protection. The program is for businesses and organizations to positively influence the water quality of Spa Creek and College Creek and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Read more...
This is why it's important: The Bay TMDL will set binding limits on nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution throughout the 64,000-square-mile watershed to meet clean water standards for the Bay and its tidal tributaries and help restore local rivers and streams.
The Phase I Plan documents are available for review at www.epa.gov/chesapeakebaytmdl/
Watershed states are Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and New York, and the District of Columbia. See map at right.
Wanted: Oyster Gardeners in the Magothy and the South Rivers
The Magothy River Association and the South River Federation, in conjunction with the state sponsored "Marylanders Grow Oysters" program, is recruiting oyster gardeners for the 2010-2011 season. If you have access to a pier on the Magothy or South Rivers, and can spare a few minutes every week or so, you can do this. The MGO program is free to all participants. Magothy Info | South River Information
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking interested adults to become TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) volunteers. The volunteers’ mission is to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland environmental issues. Volunteers should have an out-going personality and a strong desire to protect the Chesapeake Bay. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Currently, TEAM offers schools-free classroom programs on the following topics: Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Streams, Oyster Reefs, Horseshoe Crabs, and Chesapeake Watermen. For information contact Amy Henry at410-260-8828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr.
Commercial Recycling Program Begins in Annapolis
The long-awaited program is underway. Read all about it.
Researchers have found that the invasive species spreads in several different ways. Read more.
Recycle your Ink Cartridges
Office Depot will give you $3 in Rewards per recycled cartridge if you are a member of its Worklife Rewards program. Information
Herrington on the Bay Eco-Lifestyle Events is now the first Chesapeake Bay Caterer in Maryland to achieve Green Certification as awarded by the nation's Green Restaurant Association.
The Green Restaurant Association of the United States has been certifying restaurants and caterers in their operations and business practices since 1990. This first level of certification sets a milestone for Herrington on the Bay. But, Anna Chaney Willman, Herrington on the Bay's founder and operator is not stopping here!
A leader in environmentally sensitive business practices, Herrington on the Bay sets the standard for caterers in Maryland. In 2009, Herrington on the Bay signed a five year contract with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). This allows the GRA to monitor and require Herrington's continuous advancement in green and sustainable operations. Herrington on the Bay's next goal is to achieve the second level of certification with the GRA by 2014. By 2020, Herrington on the Bay expects to attain the highest level of certification, the Four Star Green Certification.
Kara Sergeant of the Green Restaurant Association noted that Herrington on the Bay has done exceptionally well in the Energy and Chemical Reduction categories. To attain certification, an entity must earn points in a variety of categories totaling a minimum of 100 points. Then, for each level thereafter, additional points must be earned with the top level requiring 300+ points. Ms. Sergeant commented that Herrington's 2003 investment in a tankless water heater 2002 investment in energy efficient ice makers, motion sensored lights, and aerated water faucets are just some of Herrington's more aggressive initiatives. She also noted that Herrington is dedicated to using re-manufactured ink cartridges, Bay Safe Cleaners, 100% post consumer recycled paper supplies, and promotes their recycling program to their clients as well as their staff.
To learn more about Herrington on the Bay and the Green Restaurant Association's certification requirements, go to DineGreen.org and search keyword "herrington."
Who are Sustainable Annapolis' Certified Environmental Stewards?
The categories are auto, lodging, office/retail, and restaurants.
Scholarships at Anne Arundel Community College
The Magothy River Association has endowed two scholarship funds at Anne Arundel Community College. They are for residents of the County who are students in good standing in an environmental science program. The scholarships are available to all qualified students, including incoming first year students. Applications are available during September and January of each year. For more information contact the Science Division at AACC (410) 777-2260 or email@example.com.
Anne Arundel County Facilities to Stop Using High-Phosphate Fertilizer
Move will decrease harmful nutrients washing into waterways
Annapolis (October 13, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that County agencies will no longer use high-phosphorus fertilizer in an effort to decrease the amount of nutrients entering waterways.
Phosphates are a source of pollution in creeks, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, County Executive Leopold said. We must do everything we can to reduce our use of this nutrient and also set an example to our residents that we need to change our behavior in order to fix our broken waterways.
High-phosphorus fertilizer is normally used as a starter fertilizer to grow grass. In 2008 over a six-month period, for example, the Department of Recreation and Parks purchased 95,000 pounds of fertilizer with a phosphorous content of 19 percent. All future purchases will contain less than five percent phosphorous. The County's move to low-phosphorous products is consistent with the goals in the state's Chesapeake Bay Phosphorus Reduction Act of 2009, which bans sales of high-phosphorus products for certain uses as of April 2011.
Equally important with this issue is the proper application of fertilizer to reduce runoff, County Executive Leopold said. The lawn should be lightly watered after application, and any fertilizer spilled on impervious surfaces should be promptly cleaned up. We can all make a difference in the health of our waterways.
More information: David Abrams,
Anne Arundel County Office of Public Information, 410 222-1288, 410 693-0672
A number of Annapolis' restaurants, wine bars and package stores will participate in the recycling effort by collecting corks from wine sold or served to their customers. Boatyard Bar & Grill, the Breeze Restaurant in Loews Hotel, Café Normandie, Galway Bay, Lewnes Steakhouse and The Rockfish will all take part in the recycling effort.
Residents can recycle too by collecting corks from their homes, or making it a community effort and collect corks from the neighborhood.
Just drop off the corks in the wooden wine barrel available in the lobby of City Hall or at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, B. B. Bistro, Eastport Liquors, Leeward Market or Mills Fine Wine. The corks will be collected for recycling through the end of October.
The corks will be recycled by TerraCycle, an eco-friendly innovator who will be "upcycling" the used corks, both natural and synthetic, into bulletin boards. It is estimated that 15 billion wine corks are thrown out each year in the United States, enough to circle the earth 16 times. Last year Annapolitans collected an estimated 15,000 corks. For additional information please contact Maria Broadbent, Environmental Coordinator at 410-263-7946.
Annapolis architect Scott L. Rand and his client have achieved a platinum LEED rating on a corporate headquarters building at 217 International Circle, in Hunt Valley. More info: 410 263-5860.
Volunteers are needed to confirm and track sightings of Dark False Mussels. These are the mysterious small animals that cleared up Magothy River water a few years ago. The Magothy River Association is seeking help in placing "spat plates" to which these critters (and oysters) can attach. To participate or for more information contact Magothy River Association president Paul Spadaro. To learn more about the Dark False Mussels in the Magothy River check out MRA’s Community Science Dark False Mussel survey at this link. This eight-minute video was produced by MRA Dive Coordinator Dick Carey.
Our friend Julie Winters was featured in a story in The Capital recently about her project to install pet waste stations to make it easier for dog owners to pickup and dispose of "doggie poop" in a safe way so it doesn't make its way into our waterways. Read the story about Julie and her project. Photo courtesy Joshua McKerrow, The Capital
Waypoint Signs Point Residents to Environmental Locations
Annapolis launched new educational signage highlighting various educational environmental locations. The waypoints are sets of coordinates, enabling anyone to enter the data in their GPS and get the directions to the environmental location by car, motor scooter, or bicycle. The Waypoint Signs include a Main Sign located at Annapolis' City Dock on the Harbor Master building. Smaller remote signs are at each featured location. The Main Sign shows the individual sites, GPS coordinates for each location, a brief description of the technologies highlighted, and a legend listing the technologies. The technologies refer to environmental "best practices" such as green roofs, pervious surfaces, rain barrels, LEED buildings, etc in use at each location. An educational brochure on the Waypoint Sign Initiative is available at the Annapolis Visitors kiosk at City Dock, the Visitors Center on West Street, at City Hall, and available on the City's website at www.annapolis.gov.
Wind Energy at Greenbury Point
State Delegate Ron George (R, District 30, Annapolis) proposed last year that Greenbury Point, where the radio towers are in Annapolis Harbor, be the site of a wind energy farm. Since that time he has been working with Navy officials to move this idea along. Read his update.
Support Local Watermen
Steamed hard crabs by the dozen or bushel, crab cake sandwiches, steamed shrimp and more is available in the Maritime Republic of Eastport, Annapolis at Wild Country Seafood, 124 Bay Shore Drive (just off Second Street, near Back Creek). Support this local family, running the last workboat out of Back Creek.
Lynne & Elvia Meet Ed Begley, Jr.
Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., introduced as a "star of the planet" spoke at an event hosted by the Historic Annapolis Foundation on April 6, 2009, sharing his insights on environmentally responsible living. He characterized his talk as one of hope for the future. An entertaining speaker, Ed (he is such a nice and unassuming guy, you just have to call him Ed) he cited the many environmental problems we face, from air and water pollution to the ozone hole, to the loss of amphibians and fish, but he said that we can all make a difference and turn things around. He spoke of the changes he began to make in his own life on the first Earth Day back in the 1970s and stressed that living sustainably is a good economic decision. Ed advised people to go Green as they can afford it. He stressed recycling and reusing. "We can't just throw things away anymore," he said, discussing how landfills are filling up. "Where is away?" he asked. "If you're not buying recycled, then you're not really recycling." To learn more about Ed's environmental work, his book and TV show, Living with Ed, visit his website.
Photo: Lynne and Elvia with Ed Begley, Jr. He's a lot taller than we are
City of Annapolis Begins Year-Round ECycling - Beginning in October 2008, City of Annapolis residents and businesses may safely dispose of these items at a drop-off location for E-cycling. The Public Works Operations Center (935 Spa Road) will be accepting items (free of charge) Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. All electronic items (excluding TVs) will be accepted. Read more | City of Annapolis Recycling Information