Maryland Chapter Blog

Date: Nov 20, 2014
By: Joyce Koo

Polluted runoff is a major problem in our communities.  It occurs after a rainstorm, when rainwater runs over dirty roads and parking lots and surges into our rivers and streams, and our homes.  Contaminated with a deadly mixture of dangerous chemicals and substances, including car oil, weed killer, sewage and pet waste, polluted runoff doesn’t just degrade our rivers and streams.  It also floods our roads, homes, and businesses, poisons our seafood, and makes fishing and swimming dangerous or impossible because of the risks to human health and safety.

We have solutions.  Neighborhood greening projects have the power to revitalize our communities by: restoring habitat, cleaning our rivers and streams, enhancing community resilience in the face of climate change, and creating green jobs.

LEARN MORE AT OUR UPCOMING TOWN HALL MTGS, DEC 4th and DEC 9th

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Date: Nov 26, 2014
By: Conservation Outings Intern

Earlier in November, I was lucky enough to spend some time outside of the office, and across the country, where I attended the Association of Outdoor Recreation Education Conference (AORE) in Portland, Oregon. AORE is an annual conference that brings together students and professionals in the outdoor field, and takes a constructive look at where our field is headed, how we can design better programming, and what we can do to improve our relationship with the outdoors. This year, the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Stacy Bare, was invited to be the keynote speaker, and speak on the topic of inclusive and adaptive programming. I found out that Mr. Bare would be speaking shortly after I began my position here at the Maryland Chapter in early September.  I was eager to hear what he had to say, and how I could bring that knowledge and experience back to benefit our program.

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Date: Nov 25, 2014
By: Seth Bush
 
Today the Maryland Fracking Commission issued the Final Report of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Commission. Among the expected recommendations included in the report are: 
 
Requirement of zero methane leakage from wells, limiting damaging climate pollution.
Requirement of the completion of Comprehensive Gas Development Plan (CGDP), and two years monitoring in the area of the proposed drilling site, before full scale drilling commences.  
Disclosure of chemicals used for drilling to MDE and to members of the health professionals who need the information to diagnose or treat a patient.
 
Date: Nov 25, 2014
By: K. Laurel Imlay

Saturday November 22nd Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors (BICO) hosted 17 participants at Southwest Baltimore Charter School for Outdoor Leadership Training 101! This training is designed to help potential leaders learn more about how to plan and assist in leading safe, fun, and inspiring outdoor adventures with youth. 

 

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Date: Nov 25, 2014
By: David Smedick

This post has been submitted by Dan Andrews, Catoctin Group Chair

 

After an 8-10 year struggle, the incredibly expensive 1,500 tons-per-day Frederick and Carroll County regional waste incinerator is finally dead.  Last Thursday (Nov. 20th), the Frederick County Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to terminate the project as well as five approved MDE permits.

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Date: Nov 25, 2014

By: Alexandra Kramer

With the conclusion of the fifth assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), there is no doubt about the urgency posed in the report concerning the reality and emergency of climate change. The reports of the IPCC are written and supported by thousands of experts to educate policymakers and the global community. The most recent publications combine to form the fifth assessment report in a series of scientifically accredited research and analytic studies on climate change that first started in 1990. The final section of the full report was released in November and is very blunt in its analysis; atmoshperic greenhouse gas are at their highest levels in 800,000 years and we must act swiftly and agressively to avoid the most dangerous systemic impacts of climate disruption.

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Date: Nov 25, 2014
By: Joanne Heckman

The Sierra Club campaign "Preserve Patapsco Valley State Park" has addressed the potential environmental impacts of heritage tourism development on state land. Public hearings in Baltimore and Howard County took place in July and September of this year. The third public hearing, announced below, will be the last before the certification comes to a vote by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (an agency of the Maryland Historical Trust). 

The Sierra Club position is that all development projects on state land should be reviewed by the appropriate state agencies, with public involvement. In Patapsco Valley State Park, a new Trail Management Plan is being prepared with public input.

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway's Management Plan is the subject of the public hearing, but none of the proposals in the Management Plan have been approved by the Park Service. 

If you would like to comment on the PHG Management Plan, please contact joanne.heckman@mdsierra.org so we can include your comments in our testimony.

Date: Nov 23, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The Anne Arundel Group’s General Membership Meeting on November 8 discussed the work, and needs, of the group and also received an update on the Maryland Chapter’s Clean Energy campaign.

The Saturday night meeting was at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis.  Only about 35 members attended – a disappointing turnout given the 1,200 Sierrans who live in the county.

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Date: Nov 23, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

Stretch your legs the day after Thanksgiving for an easy 3-mile (+/-) walk on paved trails winding through hardwood forests. 

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Date: Nov 23, 2014
By: Judy Mauriello

The Anne Arundel Sierra Club’s annual birthday celebration has been scheduled for Saturday, January 24.

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