- Nearly 300 pollution violations in Maryland await action by the state attorney general’s office. Most of these violations involve water pollution.
- The Maryland Department of Agriculture will delay the release of its new farm fertilizer management regulations. These new rules were scheduled to publish on December 2, but officials now say they will spend the next two months consulting stakeholder groups. No new deadline has been set.
- The EPA will give states some flexibility in meeting the Bay-wide ‘pollution limit,’ known legally as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Instead of strict adherence to number of pounds reduced, states may use narratives to describe local action taken to reduce pollution.
- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation published new footage showing invisible air pollution coming from hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ operations.
- An alley repaving in Lancaster, PA is just one example of how this city will invest in ‘green infrastructure’ that limits stormwater running into local streams.
- On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Delegate Lynwood Lewis is sponsoring a forum on the Total Maximum Daily Load, or ‘pollution limit’ on December 7.
Upcoming Volunteer and Education Opportunities
- In Lancaster, PA there is still space at the 2011 Turning a New Leaf sustainable landscaping conference. For more information, visit www.chesapeakelandscape.org/2011leaf.htm.
- Join CBF for an update on Chesapeake fisheries. The two hour discussion will start at 10 am at the Philip Merrill Center in Annapolis, MD. To join, please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-268-8816)
- CBF will host a street sweep from 10 am to 12 pm in Richmond, VA to help clean up trash before it enters the James River and eventually the bay. All volunteers receive a free cup of coffee!
- The American Council on Renewable Energy will sponsor a forum on renewable energy in the United States. The forum will take place in the US House of Representatives Cannon Caucus Room. For more information, please visit http://www.acorephaseii.com/
- In Richmond, VA the CBF Book Club will meet at the Urban Farmhouse Market and Café from 6:30 to 7:30 to discuss the book of the month.
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