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News From The Frontlines
Following are summaries of projects folks have recently contacted CEDS about.
Northeast, PA organizations are seeking to protect 25,000 acres of forest, which includes a nationally renown hiking trail, from gas drilling impacts.
Odenton, MD historic preservation advocates have appealed a decision by the County to approve a housing project despite significant unresolved impacts.
Smith Mountain Lake, VA residents are struggling to halt sedimentation robbing them of open water in front of their homes.
Moyock, NC residents are concerned about flooding and other impacts from a residential development project proposed for the Outer Banks.
New Haven, MI residents are threatened by a proposed municipal waste landfill.
Buckeye, AZ residents are concerned about the impact of annexation on desert mountains and farmland.
Columbia, MD: Giant Food was denied a conditional use permit to add a gasoline bar in one of their existing shopping centers in Howard County. Their proposal was defeated due to a number of pedestrian and vehicular safety issues.
Tennesseans Against Forced Annexation is seeking to change laws in their state to provide citizens with the right to protect their quality of life from the impact of poorly conceived annexations.
Highmount, NY residents are concerned about a golf course and resort proposed for a steep mountainside in the Catskills.
Author Archives: Richard Klein
The Old, Wrong Way Here’s the all too common scenario. Citizens learn a development project is proposed for their watershed. It looks like the project may cause harm, but there’s only two weeks before the big hearing. This leaves little time to understand the … Continue reading
Since releasing the results of the Greater Baltimore Exposed Soil = Pollution Survey last week, I’ve received a number of messages from folks who do not understand why citizen involvement is essential to achieving a high level of compliance with … Continue reading
In June and July, 2014, 105 construction sites in the Greater Baltimore region were surveyed for erosion control quality by 33 staff and volunteers from 22 local, statewide or national organizations. We found that up to 89% of disturbed, construction … Continue reading
NOVEMBER 2014 UPDATE In September Baltimore County finally directed the owner of the Nottingham Ridge site to halt erosion, but is unclear whether this applied to a couple of acres or all 23 acres of exposed soil on the site. … Continue reading
After 8 Months It’s Finally Restored The following article was posted last March. A few weeks ago the 4th Street Rain Garden was finally restored, thanks to the City of Annapolis. So, one BMP restored; several tens of thousands in … Continue reading
In the 1970s I had the honor of serving on the Baltimore County Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors. I was the “urban” supervisor. My four fellow Board members were farm owners. At first our relationship was strained to say … Continue reading
A few years ago CEDS helped organize a 40-member coalition of local, state and national organizations who had a number of very serious questions about a $1.2 billion, multistate transmission line project known as MAPP (Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway). This project … Continue reading