Environment

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8:30 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Delaware Is Looking for Young Environmentalists

Wetlands
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environment officials in Delaware are looking for the state's best young environmentalists.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is accepting nominations for the state's Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. The department is accepting applications until June 20.

The state's young environmentalist programs honors students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of the state's natural resources. The department will choose an elementary school, middle school and high school winner.

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9:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Anthony Brown Gets Endorsement from Key Environmental Group

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (right) and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (left)
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor.

The environmental group announced the endorsement Wednesday in Baltimore.

Karla Raettig, the executive director of the organization, says the group is confident Brown will build on the environmental record of Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The group also noted Brown's running mate, Ken Ulman, for environmental initiatives he supported as county executive of Howard County.

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Local News
8:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues

David Craig and Jeannie Haddaway
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Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig took a tour through Wicomico County yesterday, and Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to focus on some local issues ranging from the wind farm in Somerset County and environmental issues to economic development in the region.

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7:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Delaware Environmental Secretary Is Moving On

Delaware Environmental Secretary Collin O'Mara
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary, Collin O'Mara, is resigning to become director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Officials with Gov. Jack Markell's administration confirmed Thursday that O'Mara will leave the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in July to lead the Reston, Virginia-based group.

The 35-year-old O'Mara was tapped by Markell to lead Delaware's environmental agency in 2009, making him the youngest state cabinet official in the nation at the time.

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Local News
7:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan

Credit Bob Quinn / Chesapeake Bay Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.

The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.

This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.

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1:20 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Pits Agriculture Against the VA State Attorney General

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D)
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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia is defending the federal and state plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday the state has filed a friend-of-the court brief in support of pollution limits to restore the bay after decades of neglect. The filing is with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Farm industry groups are appealing a federal judge's decision last September to uphold the federal pollution limits.

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9:53 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Four Seasons Development Delayed

Four Seasons Development
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works has postponed a decision on whether to grant permits for a Kent Island housing development in an environmentally sensitive area near the Chesapeake Bay.

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday he believes the board needs greater assurance that a proposed 131-acre park in the proposal will not be developed in the future.

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8:53 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Hearing on Four Seasons Development on Kent Island

Four Seasons Development
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works is scheduled to take up a tidal wetlands license application for a Kent Island housing development.

The board is set to consider the proposal at its Wednesday meeting.

It's the second time the matter has come before the board, which previously rejected the proposal due to environmental concerns.

The Maryland Court of Appeals concluded the board based its decision on factors outside the scope of its authority and sent the matter back to the board.

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11:54 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Audit: Step Up Enforcement of Maryland Pollution Laws

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his annual environmental audit has found the need for enhanced enforcement of pollution laws.

Gansler says pollution related to urban and residential growth is also a concern and the audit highlighted the benefits of increasing public awareness of environmental issues.

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9:27 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Delaware to Study Wetlands in Private Property

Great Blew Heron, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state officials say they are contacting property owners for permission to study wetlands on their property.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it will be continuing a wetlands study this summer in the Leipsic and Little Creek watersheds. The study is designed to confirm maps of the wetlands and determine their health.

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8:34 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Delaware and Maryland Schools Get Delmarva Power Grants

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Sixteen schools in Maryland and Delaware will receive energy related mini-grants.

A total of $10-thousand in grants was awarded to teachers during a ceremony last night in recognition of proposed projects that involve energy and the environment.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports a total of 22 grants will be handed out with the winners receiving up to $500.

John Allen, Delmarva Power regional vice president, praised the teachers for providing new academic challenges for their students.

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11:13 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Essay: Birds Ponder the Automobile

Credit Birds - George Merrill

The Holiday season is when one often sees Delmarva's bird population migrate to the south.

But, Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill wonders, what they must think of all those cars they pass by below.

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