Tag: environment

Baltimore County launches online tool to crowdsource data on environmental problems, projects

The new Environmental Reporter online tool allows people to record rain barrels and tree plantings and report midge issues throughout Baltimore County. Image courtesy of Baltimore County Government.

A new online tool will allow Baltimore County residents to have a hand in tracking environmental data by reporting environmental problem areas throughout the county as well as projects aimed at mitigating some of those issues.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., announced the “Environmental Reporter” tool Tuesday as a way to increase public engagement, make county environmental data easier to access, and improve quality of life for community members.

Trump’s EPA reverses decision to strip years’ worth of funding for Bay Journal

Photo by Farragutful, via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed course on a decision to rescind years’ worth of future funding for a nonprofit publication that’s covered the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort for nearly three decades.

Greenlaurel: Baltimore’s Industrial ‘Yuck’ is Seeping into Our Waterways (and Possibly Our People)

Scrap metal left out in the elements can leach toxic metals that flow in rain runoff to waterways. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A share of Maryland’s stormwater pollution problem comes from unchecked, sky-high amounts of toxic yuck washed away from Baltimore’s industrial junkyards, landfills and businesses, according to some new investigative research from two nonprofit groups.

Greenlaurel: Baltimore To Consider ‘No Oil Bomb Train’ Legislation

The “no oil train” coalition protested during Artscape 2017 – a venue right in the potential oil blast zone.

A dedicated group of Baltimore’s faith leaders, communities and environmentalists have been working hard to put the kibosh on highly flammable “oil bomb trains” entering Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Council will soon consider a creative local zoning law designed to seriously limit dangerous oil trains’ terminal expansion. Here’s why you should care and also some simple actions you can take to make your voice heard.

Rally Planned Outside State House to Tell Hogan to Protect Bay Funding, Join Climate Alliance

Photo by Kevin Galens – Flickr

Tomorrow afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan will sit down with other Chesapeake Bay region governors and environmental officials to discuss how to protect the bay moving forward. Right outside, Maryland leaders and environmentalists are planning to rally to demand that Hogan push back against the president’s agenda that could harm the endangered estuary.

Nonprofit Baltimore Tree Trust to Plant 75 Trees Outside Camden Yards

Photo via Baltimore Tree Trust

Birdland will be getting a bit greener this Saturday.

‘The Food Desert is Real’: Legislators, Community Advocates Discuss Food Access, Environmental Health in Annapolis

Del. Cheryl Glenn, D-Baltimore City, speaks at an event on food access and environmental health in the House of Delegates.

For Rodette Jones and her neighbors in Curtis Bay, a simple trip to the grocery store isn’t so simple. For anyone without a car, the errand can require hopping on two buses to the nearest supermarket two miles away, shopping and then hauling the groceries back home on the bus.

Baltimore County State Senator Introduces Fracking Ban in Annapolis

Photo by Thomas Meyer, via Food and Water Watch Maryland/Facebook

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin today kicked off a widely anticipated legislative battle in the Maryland General Assembly over the issue of fracking.

Fish Kill Claims 10,000 in Baltimore County Rivers


When word spreads about a fish kill, it’s easy to assume pollution is to blame. In the case of a recent incident in Baltimore County, however, the toxins came from a much smaller living thing.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Second Chance Cruise the Inner Harbor Together

A little fishy told us this was a first-time oyster sighting!

It’s pretty cool when two groups that both focus on making our planet better come together for fun and education.