Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Mar 27, 2015
By: Seth Bush

Baltimore City, Prince George’s and Montgomery County Councils Unite in Call for Clean Air Action
Local Governments Tell Hogan its Time to Unblock Key Protections
 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore City Council joined the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Councils this week by passing a resolution supporting clean air action for Maryland, specifically by cleaning up the state’s coal plants. The unanimous vote by the city council comes in response to controversial actions by Gov. Hogan to block clean air protections that had been finalized by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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Date: Mar 25, 2015
By: Seth Bush
 
Maryland's rapidly growing wind energy industry is under attack during this legislative session in Annapolis.  Your help is urgently needed to combat this misguided and blatant attack on renewable energy.
Date: Mar 24, 2015
By: Seth Bush

The past few months have seen a flurry of movement on clean energy legislation in the MD General Assembly, both exciting and potentially troublesome. Read on for an update on our priority energy bills and how you can help us win major victories for clean energy this spring. Then, mark your calendar for the next Energy Committee meeting on April 8th in Baltimore to where we'll be planning our final push! [Follow the link for more details.]

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Date: Mar 24, 2015
By: K. Laurel Imlay

After years of advocating for new rules to stem the tide of manure fertilizer flowing into our waterways and the Bay, Sierra Club is pleased the Hogan Administration has agreed to close a loophole in its proposed manure management regulations that could have allowed for delay after delay. Getting rid of this loophole is a major accomplishment. By Dan Furmansky

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Date: Mar 24, 2015
By: Seth Bush

Update 3/30 @ 5pm: Since this post was originally published, three major stakeholders have announced that they will be terminating their contracts with Energy Answers to purchase electricity from the proposed incinerator in Curtis Bay. Baltimore City, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Baltimore County Public Schools initiated a domino effect that will likely drive the other 19 stakeholders to back out of the contract. Stay tuned for more updates on our campaign to bring fair development to Curtis Bay!


People living in the South Baltimore community of Curtis Bay are no strangers to heavy industrialization and failed development, but an organization called Free Your Voice--a student-led human rights committee of United Workers--is organizing to bring fair development to Curtis Bay instead. Join Free Your Voice in celebrating recent victories and building their movment at The Concert for Fair Development on April 25th at 3pm in Curtis Bay!

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Date: Mar 21, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

Saturday, April 25, 2015; 8:45 am - 1:00 pm  
Belmont Manor, Patapsco Valley State Park: 6553 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge, 21075
Parking will be off of Belmont Woods Road.  Follow posted signs to event.

Learn to recognize wavyleaf basketgrass, a rapidly-spreading invasive non-native plant. Then join us for a short walk near the Belmont Manor in PVSP and help us map the location of any wavygrass we see. Volunteers can use the smartphone application developed by the Wavyleaf Mapping Project at Towson University, or can use a handheld GPS and submit their observations by email. Once trained, citizen scientists are encouraged to report sightings of the plant anywhere they notice it. 

The Wavyleaf Mapping Project, in partnership with the Patapsco Valley State Park volunteer coordinator, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc., and the Sierra Club, has the goal of mapping the wavyleaf basketgrass distribution throughout the entire Park in 2015. This is the first step to eradicating the plant and saving the native biodiversity of the Park. To register, go to http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org/eventcal.html   

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Date: Mar 21, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

Tuesday April 28, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Belmont Manor, Patapsco Valley State Park: 6553 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge, MD 21075
Free. Meet in the Belmont Carriage House Conference Room.

Dr. Marc Imlay, Chair of the Sierra Club Biodiversity and Habitat Stewardship Committee, will speak about invasive plants in the area and what we can do to combat them. Learn about other local groups fighting the spread of these 'villains of the valley', including Tree Savers of Catonsville (removing English Ivy from trees) and Towson State University (tracking the location of wavyleaf basketgrass through GPS technology). 

To register, go to http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org/EventRegister.html

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Date: Mar 21, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

The Howard County Sierra Club is a sponsor of this year's GreenFest. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Howard Community College, Burrill Galleria
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

Free admission.
Theme: Living with Wildlife

Description: Check out the more than 100 exhibits. Workshops and children’s activities all day. Recycling events for Howard County residents include electronics recycling. Collections for all visitors include a Goodwill truck for clothing and household goods, Habitat for Humanity for building materials, bicycles for "Bikes for the World", blue jeans to make insulation, cell phones and eye glasses. Outdoor activities include a watershed walk and Garlic Mustard Pull. There will also be native plant sales on the Quad from 10 - 4!

Vendors and non-profit displays will provide practical information about steps to take both at home and at work to promote environmental responsibility. Be sure to collect your favorite great green giveaways throughout the festival! Lunch will be available for purchase. For further information, visit http://hcgreenfest.org .

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Date: Mar 20, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

Clean Creeks in Howard through the Stream Mapper Smart Phone Application

Saturday, April 11, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Robinson Nature Center (free admission to the center for program attendees)
6692 Cedar Ln, Columbia, MD 21044

Citizen scientists are needed to monitor the health of our waterways. Rachel Beebe, of the Howard County Office of Community Sustainability, will demonstrate how to use the "Stream mAPPer" smart phone application to provide stream evaluations to the county government for assessment. 

The app brings together nature and technology, and is a great way to get outdoors and help officials monitor local streams.

Find the app for Iphone by searching “the stream mapper” in the itunes store, and for Android by searching “stream mapper” in the Google Play Store. See what people have already discovered with the application at www.streammapper.org

The demonstration of the smart phone app will be followed by a survey of the Middle Patuxent (or one of its tributaries). For more information, contact Sue Muller at  smuller@howardcountymd.gov.

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Date: Mar 20, 2015
By: Joanne Heckman

This year Marc Imlay received the National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) Award for his volunteer work in the Terrestrial category.  

The NISAW Awards recognize the leadership and accomplishments of important partners, and increase awareness and understanding by the media and public about invasive species issues. The NISAW Awards Program features three award categories which include an aquatic and terrestrial component.  

The winners were presented with their awards during the week of NISAW, February 22 – 28, 2015 in Washington, DC.  

The awards are offered jointly by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF), the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW).

Dr. Imlay, Conservation Biologist M-NCPPC (left of the potted plant in this photo), is the Chair of the Biodiversity and Habitat Stewardship Committee of the Maryland Sierra Club, and a member of the Chapter Executive Committee. In addition, he serves on the Boards of Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council and the Maryland Native Plant Society. Congratulations, Marc!

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