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River Birch

Citizens concerned with water quality, your drinking water, land use and the environment are sharing trees. Please donate to our  Healthy Streams Frederick County campaign!   Learn about the trees and what environmental conditions they like. River Birch Fact Sheet and Planting Guide Redosier Dogwood Fact Sheet and Planting Guide           Silky Dogwood Eastern Red Bud […]

FNP: New Partners in County Stream Improvement

New partners in county stream improvement New partners in county stream improvement For The Frederick News-Post | Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:00 am John Smucker recently partnered with the Potomac Conservancy as part of a project to remove a fish barrier, an outmoded dam and control bank erosion in Tuscarora Creek. He planted 55 […]

1/24/13 Frederick County has…”essentially violated the state’s new law aimed at limiting growth on septic systems…

State says three counties flouting septic growth law Planning secretary says O’Malley administration “weighing options” Tim Wheeler 7:00 AM EST, January 24, 2013 Three Maryland counties have essentially violated the state’s new law aimed at limiting growth on septic systems, a top O’Malley administration aide said Wednesday, adding that state officials are “weighing our options,” […]

Governor O’Malley asks Commissioner Young to support clean water efforts                                                              

New construction site sediment pollution regulations in effect

FoFC received this notice from Community & Environmental Defense Services: Construction site sediment pollution regulations  Protect All Exposed Soils 7 Days After Clearance Among the most important new requirements is that all exposed construction site soils must be protected from erosive forces within seven days of initial clearance.  For most of a site, this means all disturbed […]

EIP report: Frederick County discharges 111,158 pounds of nitrogen/year over permitted level

Last week the Environmental Integrity Project released its report The Clean Water Act and the Chesapeake: Enforcement’s Critical Role in Restoring the Bay (December 2012)  Appendix A in that report shows the Ballenger McKinney Waste Water Treatment Plant discharging  111,158 pounds of nitrogen each year over the permitted level.  It is the worst offender in the entire […]

Lancaster Mayor speaks out: County leaders are using the Susquehanna issue to divert attention from their responsibility to protect the Chesapeake

The Young Board of County Commissioners gave $25K of taxpayer money to support the Funk and Bolton lawsuit, a suit that essentially says the pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is the fault of the Conowingo Dam, and not our problem to fix at all! Conowingo Dam is not the problem County leaders are using the […]

Fair share for clean water

  Fair share for clean water   Fair share for clean water Originally published October 14, 2012 An editorial by The Frederick News-Post (“Cost of the bay,” Sept. 7) raised a good point regarding the need for all neighboring states to share the responsibility of controlling pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay. The Pew Environment Group agrees that […]

Revisiting the county’s cost of bay cleanup: Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources takes a look

Originally published September 09, 2012 Would you rather have a clean Chesapeake Bay or a healthy economy? That question presents a false choice. The field of sustainability has a triple bottom line: environment, economy and society.In the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources for Frederick County government, we search for ways to give the public […]

Bay cleanup worth it: letter from Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Executive Director for Maryland

Originally published September 16, 2012 The Frederick News-Post stated in a reasonable editorial (“Cost of the bay,” Sept. 7) that farmers and developers need to hear stronger and more compelling economic arguments for saving the Chesapeake Bay. Clean water is a common good, so any economic argument should consider benefits to farmers and builders, but […]