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Calvert County keeps citizens in the know

Calvert County is taking the lead in helping citizens and developers figure out how they’re affected by Maryland’s new law restricting residential development served by septic systems.     For the Chesapeake watershed, the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 helps reduce pollution and meet federal Clean Water Act limits on pollutants reaching waterways.     Closer to home, it means the geography in the watershed controls where development goes by way of what sewerage system is legal.

Anne Arundel leaders need your tutoring to up their environmental grades

If you live in Anne Arundel County you’ve got a job to do.     Unless you want our quality of life, and environmental future, to go down the tubes.     On the latest green report card, Anne Arundel County leaders — the guys you voted into office in 2012 — got very bad grades.

Be relentless and constant, Bernie Fowler counsels

Forty-two years in, and your life’s work earns an F.     That’s how long it’s been since Bernie Fowler took on the establishment to stand up for the Patuxent River, suing the state of Maryland and the federal government to “do what they ought to be doing: put a plan together to upgrade our river.”     You and I might find that grade on the NOAA-University of Maryland 2011 report card discouraging. Not Bernie Fowler. He’s in for the long haul.

Naptown barBAYq hands out more than $40K

The smell of barbecue rising from the grills of 41 competing Kansas City Barbecue Society teams drew 12,000 people to Annapolis for Parole Rotary Club’s second annual Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival.

The Skinny on TMDL

Are you still paying attention to TMDL? Or have acronyms driven you to distraction?     We’re here to tell you there’s good news about Total Maximum Daily Loads: The big top-down plan to get every state in the Bay watershed working hard on restoration is on track and now well into Phase II.

Trash pickup in Anne Arundel goes weekly starting June 4

The day of reckoning is here. Starting Monday, June 4, Anne Arundel County cuts one of your twice-weekly trash pickup days. Your new one-day-only pick-ups for trash, recycling and yard debris will be the day that you usually put your recycling on the curb. So, if Monday’s your tri-refusa day and Thursday your uni-trash day, Monday it will stay.     Make sure it’s to the curb by 6am. Forget or come out too late, and your stuff will belong to the dogs and crows until next week rolls along.

A 40-year-old treaty stands in the way of local LNG export

The biggest news in Chesapeake Country is hidden in plain sight at a bump on Calvert County’s long, otherwise smooth Bay shoreline.     Travel by water in the vicinity of 38 degrees 23 minutes north latitude and 76 degrees 23 minutes west longitude and, right off of Cove Point, you’ll see the tip of the iceberg. A mile and a quarter from shore is an enormous loading platform, mostly waiting nowadays for any 800-plus-foot tanker’s load of 30 million gallons of liquefied natural gas.

2000 dyslexic students relay-read for World Record

A couple of thousand students from 30 schools — including The Summit School in Edgewater — join in a historic celebration of literacy on May 10. From Baltimore to Honolulu to Cairo, they’ll be relay-reading a single book for pleasure, honor and conviction.     The book, The Sword of Darrow, is a fantasy novel that begins, beneath the image of a spooky spider, with these words: Evil: Within this simple word lies a vast collection of deeds.

Maryland’s most famous crustacean has been rebounding

Maryland politicians and Department of Natural Resources officials are patting themselves on the back (and deservedly so) for the resurgence of the blue crab population this year, with a predicted abundance of juvenile crabs greater than has been seen in almost 20 years. Due to the restrictions placed on the harvest of female crabs beginning in 2008, the population of Maryland’s most famous crustacean has been rebounding smartly every year since.
The Parole Rotary is preparing the finishing touches to this year’s second annual ­Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival.     Taking place at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, the volunteer-driven event features more than two dozen barbecue competitors and even more live music acts. Add to the mix a well-balanced group of food vendors and merchants and a special Kiddie Korral, and you’ve got something for everyone.