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Parks & Green Space

Proposed New Park for Cambridge

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and the City of Cambridge have received a grant from DNR to restore the head of Cambridge Creek near Cedar Street in Cambridge.  The city hopes to develop an active use park for the community.

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Sustainable Oyster Harvest Act of 2016

House Bill 1603      Senate Bill 937     Chapter 703

Requires the Department of Natural Resources, in consultation with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to conduct a specified study related to the public oyster fishery; requiring the Department to identify oyster management strategies to promote a sustainable oyster population and fishery; requiring the Department to submit specified reports on the study and specified oyster management strategies to the Governor, the Oyster Advisory Commission, and the General Assembly on or before specified dates.

Effective June 1, 2016

Neonicotinoid Pesticides - Restrictions on Sales and Use (Pollinator Protection Act of 2016)

Senate Bill 0198     House Bill 0211     Chapter 0661

Prohibits a person from selling, on or after January 1, 2018, a neonicotinoid pesticide unless the person also sells a restricted use pesticide; prohibiting a person from using a neonicotinoid pesticide on or after January 1, 2018, unless the person is a certified applicator or a person working under specified circumstances; requiring the Department of Agriculture to incorporate pollinator habitat expansion and enhancement practices into the State's Managed Pollinator Protection Plan; requiring a specified report; etc.

Effective October 1, 2016

House Bill 90    Chapter 93    

This bill expands the authorized uses of the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) Septics Account to include providing financial assistance to low-income homeowners, as defined by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), for up to 50% of the cost of an operation and maintenance (O&M) contract of up to five years for an on-site sewage disposal system that utilizes nitrogen removal technology. Either MDE or a local government must determine an applicant’s eligibility and the level of assistance to be provided based on the average cost of such a contract provided by vendors in the applicant’s area.

Effective June 1, 2016

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Water Quality

How Farms Affect the Chesapeake Bay's Water

NASA Earth Observatory Website - August 2016

Satellite imagery and discussion of how land use practices impact water quality. Summarizes Spring 2016 improvements to water quality and the role agricultural practices play.

Choptank, Little Choptank and Honga Rivers Water Quality and Habitat Assessment

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Tidewater Ecosystem Assessment - 2012

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Climate Change

The Sea Also Rises

Article from the Baltimore Sun on Sea Level Rise and the consequences of climate change.  The focus is on the Chesapeake Bay region and the Eastern Shore.

Dorchester County Sea Level Rise

This slide show on the effects of climate change and sea level rise on Dorchester County was presented in 2007 by Angie Carlisle, Caleb Conn, and Steven Fabijanski.  

Responding to Major Storm Impacts: Ecological Impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Chesapeake and Delmarva Coastal Bays

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 2012

Analysis of the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the natural resources of the Chesapeake and Delmarva Bays with recommendations on how the region might manage other such storms.

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Phosphorous Symposium 2014

Manure Overload on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Environmental Integrity Project Report 2014

This report discusses why phosphorous regulations are needed to reduce poultry pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.

Phosphorous Management Tool

Chesapeake Bay Foundation FAQ on the Phosphorous Management Tool, what it does, why we need it.

Why We Need the Phosphorous Management Tool (PMT)

University of Maryland 2014

Explanation of the Phosphorous Management Tool and its use in calibrating phosphorous applications on agricultural land.

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Dorchester County Maryland - Water Resources Element

Dorchester County, Maryland Comprehensive Plan Water Resources Element Adopted October 6, 2009 (Revised December 9, 2009)

City of Cambridge Maryland, Comprehensive Plan

Adopted by the Cambridge City Countil on March 28, 2011

After more than 30 public meetings and workshops, the plan will help guide future growth and development of Cambridge, and ensure that it happens in an environmentally sustainable manner.

City of Cambridge Maryland, Zoning Ordinance

The City of Cambridge Zoning Ordinance was last updated in August of 2015.  Follow the link below to the City of Cambridge website for a full listing of documents available for download.

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