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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.
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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
CEDS has uploaded three narrated presentations to YouTube that would allow both volunteers and watershed organization staff to quickly learn how to: Reduce the Impact of the Big Six Pollution Sources in Your Watershed; Ensure Stormwater BMPs Provide Maximum Pollution Reduction; … Continue reading
THE PROBLEM: There may be 100,000 stormwater ponds and other Best Management Practices (BMPs) throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. While no one knows for certain, lack of maintenance may have caused a substantial portion to fail. If this is true then … Continue reading
Though no Maryland home is more than a 15-minute walk from the nearest waterway, the waters closest to 70% of us are unfit for our use due to stormwater pollution and related impacts. The stormwater fee could restore many of these … Continue reading
This month marks the 100th anniversary since the first modern gas station opened in the USA. Today there’s nearly 153,000 stations nationwide, but they’re closing at the alarming rate of 2500 per year! A substantial number of the closures are due … Continue reading
In late 2010, Community & Environmental Defense Services (CEDS) conducted a survey of local stormwater review officials to learn how well Environmental Site Design (ESD) was working and how it could be improved. We just repeated the survey with some … Continue reading
Environmental Site Design (ESD) offers the possibility of gaining the benefits of growth with little or no aquatic resource impact. However, since ESD was adopted in Maryland in 2007 there appears to have been minimal oversight to ensure full compliance. Therefore, … Continue reading