Maryland Department of the Environment

A new report says that the Conowingo Dam is not a major threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The $1.4 million multiagency study looked at the movement of sediment and materials such as phosphorus that damages the bay.

The agencies involved ranged from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey to state agencies like the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

The full report is to be released later today.

Don Rush

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - State and local officials in Maryland are gathering to discuss an initiative to help Eastern Shore municipalities reduce energy consumption.

The ShorePower Project is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

Robert Summers, the secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, is scheduled to attend. Abigail Hopper, the director of the Maryland Emergency Administration, also is scheduled to attend the event.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers is taking Frederick County to task for setting a token fee of 1 cent per residential or business property to help fight storm-water pollution.

The Frederick News-Post reported Monday that Summers told the county in a letter the fee isn't enough to cover cleanup efforts required by a state-enforced permit.

The fee would raise $487 annually. A draft of the county's next storm-water permit lists expenditures averaging $22 million annually over for the next five years.


The Maryland Department of the Environment Wicomico County residents at a meeting last night that some groundwater has probably been contaminated with an industrial solvent for several years.

At Parkside High School they said they did not know where who contaminated the Morris Mill and Colbourne Woods subdivision or sections of Anthony Lane with trichloroethene.

Art O’Connell with the Maryland Department of the Environment said that the contamination appeared to be concentrated within a group of houses.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland legislative panel is weighing regulations proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to require the use of the best available technology in septic systems to remove nitrogen in new construction in most of the state.

Two Sides Clash

Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment Robert Summers told the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review that combined with regulations there would be a dramatic cut in the nitrogen produced by around 31-thousand households.

Ocean Pines residents will not see their sewer bills go up after all.

The Maryland Department of the Environment reversed an earlier decision that would have hiked sewer bills by $15 next month.

Jennifer Savage, Worcester County enterprise fund controller, told the Salisbury Daily Times that officials were surprised.

This spring state officials told the County that the Ocean Pines Sanitary Service area would not be exempt from Maryland’s annual Bay Restoration Fee as it has been in the past.  


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is not meeting federal ozone standards and isn't likely to do so without federal policies to address pollution blowing in from other states.

That's the word from a new clean-air report issued Monday by the Maryland Department of the Environment.