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Inside this Issue Conservation Landscaping in Action SOS, SOS! Septic Owner Stewardship Clinics Stormwater Remediation comes to Maryland The Twins have Arrived! Watershed Assistance Collaborative What the Bay means to me…and a few million other...More info

The EPA and Corps of Engineers Propose an Expansive Definition of "Waters of the US"

Photo by Edwin Remsberg
On April 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposed a rule to define the term “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. In short, the proposed definition would broaden the current jurisdictional scope of “waters of the...

Melting Ice Safely (FS707)

Each winter, people apply tons of ice-melting materials to sidewalks, driveways, and steps, often without regard to proper application procedures or to what the deicing substance contains. Careless use of deicing products can damage both the home and the environment: Overuse of some deicers can...

Wildlife Management: Diving Ducks

Canvasback ducks
Diving Ducks, also called bay ducks or sea ducks, use the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and the coastal waters of Maryland's Eastern Shore primarily during the winter. They all dive for their food and, in taking wing, do not spring directly upward but must patter for some...

Chesapeake Bay

Water flowing from your landscape after rain or during irrigation can pick up sediments, fertilizers and other chemicals that pollute streams, rivers and lakes, and the Chesapeake Bay. The yard care practices you follow can lead to healthier plants and create a landscape that traps pollutants...

Saving Your Soil and the Chesapeake Bay

Green Heron (NOAA photo)
The topsoil on your property is a valuable resource and the foundation for a healthy landscape. Loss of soil through erosion can mean trouble, not only for your landscape, but for local streams and rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. If you are losing soil from your property, there are several things...


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