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12/19/09

Stimulus Funding to Help The Chesapeake

The state was awarded $121.6 million in money for environmental projects from the federal stimulus program, which is officially called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  

One of the stimulus-funded projects for the bay trust is a living shoreline and wetlands project along the Chesapeake Bay in Churchton's Franklin Manor community, where the shoreline is eroding rapidly. The Franklin Manor project is big and expensive - $681,800 - and likely wouldn't have been possible without the stimulus money, said Jana Davis, associate executive director of the bay trust.

Read The Capital Article 

 

 

9/30/09

Ernst's New Book on Chesapeake Calls for Tougher Laws, "Dark Green" Dedication

n 2003, Howard Ernst shook up the Chesapeake Bay restoration movement with his scathing book, "Chesapeake Bay Blues."  Now he's back with another book, this one a call to action for people who want to rescue the bay's health once and for all.  " 'Chesapeake Bay Blues' was a kick in the pants" for environmentalists and politicians, Ernst said. "This is a compass for them."  The new book, "Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green Environmental Awakening is Needed to Save the Chesapeake Bay," comes out in mid October.

There's also a local spin to the book, with essays contributed by some well-known local environmentalists: Anne Pearson, the Edgewater-based director of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities; former state senator Gerald Winegrad of Annapolis; and south county activist and SACReD member Mike Shay

Read the articles in The Capital and The Bay Weekly.

Read The Capital Article     Read The Bay Weekly Artice

 

 

8/23/09

Environmental Woes at Center of Riverdale Hearing

Residents and conservationists last week decried the potential environmental effects if Riverdale Baptist Church builds its controversial school campus in deep south county.  The main concern is degradation of Two Run Branch, a prime tributary feeding the prized Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary across the road from the proposed site off Wrighton Road, south of Waysons Corner.

MDE is scheduled to hand down a decision 30 days after the public comment period closes Sept. 2.

Those who wish to comment by letter in the next two weeks can write the Water Management Administration, Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Division, 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 430, Baltimore, MD 21230. Include the permit number, 08-NT-0095/200861109, on your correspondence.

Read The Capital Article     View the map of the parcel

 

 

7/16/09

Chesapeake Bay Town Hall Meeting Aug. 11

President Obama has ordered federal agencies to draft plans by Sept. 9 to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  A diverse group representing business, academic, faith, environmental and other interests will meet with a top official from the EPA to discuss specific steps the Administration must take.

       WHAT:  Chesapeake Bay Town Hall Meeting
   
                 WHEN:  Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:30-8:00pm
                
WHERE: St. Philip's Episcopal Church
                               730 Bestgate Road Annapolis, MD 21401

                               WHO: Lisa Jackson, EPA Adminstrator, invited
                                                        Chuck Fox, EPA Senior Advisor on the Chesapeake Bay
                                                         Dr. Don Boesch, President, University of Maryland Center
                                                                             for Environmental Science, invited
    
                                                   Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, invited
                                                        Tommy Landers, Policy Advocate, Environment Maryland

                                         CONTACT: Tommy Landers, Environment Maryland, 410-467-0439
   
                                                             Terry Cummings, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 410-268-8816

 

 

7/7/09

Bay Pollution Called Human Peril

The same pollution afflicting the Chesapeake Bay's fish and shellfish poses human health risks to people in the region, from bacteria and harmful algae in the water to contaminants in fish and drinking water, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says.

Read The Sun Article

 

 

7/6/09

Candidate Forum to Fill District 7 County Council Seat Wednesday Night

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
7 - 9 pm
 Southern High School - Media Center
 
This is an important opportunity to meet and question prospective candidates to fill the vacancy in  our County Council seat formerly held by Ed Reilly.
 
Major issues will come before the County Council; i.e., Comprehensive Rezoning, revision of the General Development Plan, Ground water safety issues, more South County landfills, Rt 2 safety actions. 
 
Our new Council member will NOT BE ELECTED but will be selected by the six members of the Council.  It is quite probable that this person will become our council member for the NEXT 10 YEARS .
 
Please plan to attend this important meeting.  Alert your friends and neighbors to this opportunity.
 
Prospective candidates should contact Jan Lehman, President, Harwood Civic Association, 410-741-1698 or piedpiper888@comcast.net to be included in the Forum
 
Thank-you
Harwood Civic Assn

 

 

4/25/09

SACReD Annual Meeting Tomorrow Night

The SACReD Annual Meeting will be held tomorrow night, April 26, 2009, from 5 - 6 pm at the Cedarhurst Community House, 5187 Chesapeake Ave, Shady Side, MD.

 

 

3/16/09

South County Dredge Spoils Site Proposed

Part of a 457-acre residential development near Tracys Landing could become a dump site for dredging spoils if the county approves the plan.  The Vineyard, at routes 2 and 258, was subdivided five years ago for a cluster of luxury homes. Now the developers, Land Preserve LLC, controlled by Hamilton Chaney, son of developer and marina owner Steuart Chaney, have proposed turning part of the southernmost lot of the project into a dredge spoils site.

Read The Capital Article

 

 

1/20/09

County General Development Plan Draft Available

The County's draft general development plan is now available at: http://www.aacounty.org/PlanZone/LongRange/GDP.cfm

Public Forums will be held in January and February to solicit public input on the draft plan.

All forums will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Public comments on the draft plan may be submitted in writing or via email between January 20th and February 16th.

Republican Del. Robert A. Costa from Legislative District 33B, Anne Arundel County, will hold three town meetings this week in the district.

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Deale Library, Tuesday at the Edgewater Library, and Thursday at Rolling Knolls Elementary School. Residents can talk one-on-one with Costa about concerns and issues in the district.

 

 

1/4/09

Bob Costa to Hold Town Meeting Tomorrow at Deale Library

Republican Del. Robert A. Costa from Legislative District 33B, Anne Arundel County, will hold three town meetings this week in the district.

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Deale Library, Tuesday at the Edgewater Library, and Thursday at Rolling Knolls Elementary School. Residents can talk one-on-one with Costa about concerns and issues in the district.

Read The Sun Article


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 sustainable Southern Anne Arundel County,
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