Governor Martin O’Malley Named Chair
of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council
Governor Martin O’Malley was elected Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council at the Council’s December meeting. As Chair, Governor O’Malley’s first order of business will be “to get the new agreement signed, sealed and delivered to the 18 million residents who call this magnificent watershed home.” Read more…
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan
In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020. In October 2013, the O’Malley-Brown Administration released the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan summarizing Maryland’s 150+ programs and initiatives to drive down greenhouse gas emissions. Read the plan and learn what you can do to slow climate change.
Reclaim the Chesapeake
Bay Public Awareness Campaign
All of us who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are linked to the Bay by many pathways. Whether we live right on the water or miles from the Chesapeake, our actions have a profound effect on the Bay. Learn more...
Maryland’s 2-Year Milestones Accomplishments
In 2008 the Chesapeake Executive Council charged the seven jurisdictions in the Bay watershed to develop a two-year milestone process for reducing their respective nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment contributions to the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland exceeded our first 2-year milestones (2010-2011) and is on track to meet our second 2-year milestones (2012-2013). Maryland’s 2012-2013 milestone commitments will reduce nitrogen by 790,549 pounds and phosphorus by 161,611 pounds and decrease sediment by 904,079 pounds by the end of the milestone period, compared to the 2009 baseline. Read more…
Proposed Changes to Maryland's Nutrient Management Regulations
The Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) is used to identify areas where excess phosphorus is present in the soil and where a high potential for phosphorus loss exists. Maryland’s PMT reflects the most current research by University of Maryland scientists in collaboration with regional and national experts. The PMT allows users to evaluate management options that can reduce the risk of phosphorus losses from agricultural fields to nearby waterways. The proposed PMT regulations are currently under review by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and expected to be resubmitted in 2014.
What is BayStat?
- Baystat is a collaborative performance managment system for Bay restoration.
- BayStat is a team, led by Governor O’Malley, that includes the Secretaries of Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, and Planning, scientists from the University of Maryland and other key staff.
- BayStat is a process through which Maryland State agencies develop restoration goals and strategies, and assess their effectiveness and adjust actions as necessary.
- BayStat is a tool that allows Marylanders to track — and most importantly — participate in — Bay restoration.
- Chesapeake Bay vulnerable to climate change - Daily Press - 4/4/14
- New wastewater treatment technologies create clean water in Chesapeake Bay - Chesapeake Bay Program - 4/2/14
- Local Actions Better Watersheds - Bay Journal - 3/31/14
- Oyster Documentary Video MyEasternShoreMD.com - 3/31/14
- Efforts planned for Project Clean Stream - Star Democrat - 3/11/14
- Groups, individuals leave thousands of comments on Watershed Agreement - Chesapeake Bay Program - 3/26/14
- How the EPA is getting the Chesapeake Bay in shape - WMAR - 3/26/14
- Oyster leases proliferating in St. Mary’s waters - SoMdNews - 3/26/14
- Research Reveals True Value of Cover Crops to Farmers, Environment - Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 3/25/14
As our friends at the Maryland Department of Agriculture say, "Manure Happens." In fact, manure is a necessary component of the food production system.
These days, farmers use the latest scientific techniques and environmental practices for manure management to prevent it from washing into streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.
To help Marylanders better understand current farming practices, together with MDA, we have launched a new web portal, which centralizes information, as part of the manure resources public outreach campaign.