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January 23, 2015

The Year Ahead in Energy and the Environment: Stories to Watch in 2015

For the third year in a row, the Society of Environmental Journalists will hold a public discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. The event will run from 3:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a reception. SEJ Board President Jeff Burnside will introduce leading reporters and editors, who will offer their predictions on the critical energy and environmental stories that will shape 2015. The event will also be webcast live at www.wilsoncenter.org

USGS Study: Chesapeake Tributaries Are Warming, Pollution May Increase

"A slight increase in air temperature over the past half-century has caused waters to warm more than two degrees in tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay, a change that could reduce the expected benefits of the multibillion-dollar bay cleanup plan and eventually alter the behaviors of marine animals, a new study says."

Source: Wash Post, 12/11/2014

Chesapeake Bay: New Md GOP Gov. Vows To Fight Farm Pollution Rules

"Gov.-elect Larry Hogan promised Maryland farmers Monday that his 'first fight' in office would be against costly new farm pollution regulations, even as environmental groups released new data showing many Eastern Shore chicken farms could be fouling the Chesapeake Bay."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 12/09/2014

Maryland Attorney General Eyes Lawsuit Over Well Contamination by MTBE

"Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, encouraged by whopping awards and settlements in other states, could join what one analyst calls a 'nationwide cascade' of litigation against the oil industry for its use years ago of a gasoline additive that has contaminated groundwater across the state."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 12/08/2014

"O'Malley Administration Sets Out Path To Fracking in Maryland"

"Capping more than three years of study, the O'Malley administration declared Tuesday that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas can be done safely in Western Maryland, but only after regulations are tightened to reduce air and water pollution and protect residents from well contamination, noise and other disruptions associated with an anticipated drilling boom."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 11/26/2014

Maryland: "Counties' Ambitious Stream Restoration Projects Stir Debate"

"Whitemarsh Run looks a mess, more a construction site than a stream. With its flow temporarily dammed and diverted, a track hoe is carving out a new, more sinuous channel for the badly degraded waterway running through a built-up patch of northeastern Baltimore County. New banks are being built, armored in places with granite boulders — all part of a $13 million makeover that's intended to help clean up the nearby Bird River and the Chesapeake Bay."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 11/17/2014
November 20, 2014

USFS Discussion Forum on Proposed Filming/Photography Directive

Following on the heels of a similar event in DC on Nov 18th, the U.S. Forest Service has arranged a second "open house" Thursday, Nov. 20 about its proposed directive on commercial filming and photography in federal wilderness areas that it manages. The session will be held at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, OR, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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