Town of Easton secures $950K grant for stream restoration

 

The Town of Easton recently secured a $950,466 grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund for stream restoration efforts. The trust fund accelerates Bay restoration by supporting pollution-reduction projects that have a rippling impact, engage numerous partners and require community collaboration leading to improved water quality and raised awareness on a host of levels, according to Kristin Junkin, ShoreRivers director of operations and finance. (Star Dem.)

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Staff shortage at Kent Co. disabilities center blamed on low wages and stress

As Maryland’s minimum wage rises to $15 by 2025 so do concerns that direct support staff serving Maryland’s developmentally disabled will make a career change to McDonald’s, where working the drive-thru pays almost the same. “Support staff wear many hats” and the work is stressful, said Kent Center’s Executive Director Karine Ireland at a legislative breakfast on June 28 to commemorate nearly 50 years of serving clients in Kent County. “The staff needs increased training and increased pay.” (Md. Reporter)

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'That’s where the problem starts — home': People march in West Baltimore for family restoration

For Joe Jones, the founder of Center for Urban Families, the march held along Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore was personal. As Jones walked with his staff, promoting the ALL in for Opportunity campaign, he couldn’t help but remember the life he used to live, one full of drugs and crime. Jones started using heroin when he was 13 years old and not long after, became incarcerated. (Balt. Sun)

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'Not again': Motter Avenue residents face flood-related damage for third time

How to care for flooded basements. Dry out basements and other flood-affected areas of homes as quickly as possible. That is the No. 1 piece of advice the Frederick County Health Department has for those affected by water or sewage damage. To dry out the space, Environmental Health Director Barry Glotfelty said to first get standing water out of the area. Then open windows, use dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the space. (News-Post)

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Prosecutors drop criminal charge against Maryland farmer brought by Norge animal sanctuary

Almost two months after James City County and Maryland police searched a Norge animal sanctuary to recover an allegedly stolen cow, James City County’s top prosecutor has dropped a charge brought by the animal sanctuary against the owner of the farm the cow was allegedly stolen from. Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth's Attorney Nate Green declined to extradite and prosecute Maryland farmer Scott Braglio, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams. (Balt. Sun)

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Tons of pollutants trapped by Conowingo Dam could mean 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay, experts say

 

When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt before it could flow miles downstream and pollute the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary. The old hydroelectric dam spanning the lower Susquehanna River is still producing power, but its days of effectively trapping sediment in a 14-mile (22.5-kilometer) long reservoir behind its walls are over. Behind the 94-foot (29-meter) high barrier lies a massive inventory of coal-black muck — some 200 million tons (181 million metric tons) of pollutants picked up over decades from farmlands, industrial zones and towns. (Delmarva)

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Authorities: ‘Special police officer’ accused of raping teen

A man authorities are referring to as a “special police officer” has been indicted in Washington, D.C., on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl he was previously accused of groping. The U.S. attorney’s office told news outlets Wednesday the 21-year-old Oxon Hill, Maryland, man kidnapped the girl in December after she returned home from school. A news release says he forced the child into his car, handcuffed her, drove to an abandoned District house and raped her. (Daily Record)

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Hundreds of geese euthanized in Salisbury, meat goes to local shelters

 

Some leave constellations of droppings along the river, others down fairways, while others are watched happily as they graze. But hundreds fewer geese are going to be seen waddling around Salisbury for the time being.  Kevin Sullivan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services confirmed his team humanely euthanized 362 resident Canada geese two weeks ago, brought in by request of the city of Salisbury to manage "an excessive population."" The city of Salisbury reached out to USDA Wildlife Services to see how they might manage an over-population of Canada geese throughout the city, leaving droppings and over-grazing, habitat damage (and) polluting waters," said Sullivan, director for Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C. (Delmarva)

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