The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is committed to enhancing the natural resources stewardship ethic of all Maryland citizens. A variety of services for K-12 students, teachers, and other Maryland residents are offered designed to provide
- Professional development opportunities for teachers equipping them with cutting-edge scientific information and teacher-tested lesson plans.
- Educator materials and services free or low-cost
- Educational literature and workshops for adults help all Maryland citizens improve the environment in which they live.
- Summer camps and special events that teach youth about the environment and what they can do to protect it.
The Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s greatest economic and environmental treasure. Since the 1950s, the Bay has experienced a decline in water quality due to over enrichment of unwanted nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen. The major contributors to nutrient discharge in the bay are wastewater effluent, urban and agricultural runoff, and air deposition. By enacting the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act and the Maryland Healthy Air Act, Maryland is now a national leader in air and water quality improvements.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture works closely with soil conservation districts (SCDs) to educate youngsters on the benefits of clean water, productive soil and a healthy food supply.
Dedicated to advancing the application of economically sound and environmentally sensitive building and site-design techniques, the Environmental Design Program provides the business community, local governments and interested citizens with the information and on-site technical assistance they need to identify, implement and evaluate actions to enhance and restore natural resources in and around developed environments.
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Stormwater a growing threat - Capital Gazette - 1/20/14
- Agencies Partner to Accelerate Green Stormwater Controls - MDE 1/10/14
- High Nitrogen Levels Still A Problem for the Bay - WBAL - 1/9/14
- Chesapeake Bay Makes Progress, But Still Hindered By Illegal Discharge - Water Online - 1/9/14
- Board of Public Works Approves Funding For Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay - MDE - 1/8/14
- Maryland needs to be a leader in Bay's restoration - Southern Cecil Daily - 12/13/13
- From Annapolis to Rio: A bay-to-bay visit - Bay Journal - 12/7/13
- Volunteers Needed to Educate Students on the Chesapeake Bay and its Natural Resources - DNR - 12/6/13
- Governor O'Malley, Rio de Janeiro Governor Cabral Sign Bay to Bay Agreement - Governor's Office - 12/5/13
- DNR Announces Winter Ice Breaking Operations - DNR - 12/3/13