Leading in protection of natural resources

I recently had the honor of swearing in Colonel G. Adrian Baker as the new Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Colonel Baker has an impressive track record and a wealth of relevant experience – both of which will serve the department and Maryland well. The Natural Resources Police unit has an important and […]

Town Square, Oct. 9, 2019

Town Square is an opinion column to which readers can submit their views. As a true community newspaper, we’re always looking for ways to include local thought and pertinent viewpoints. This column is a way to share those thoughts. Civility and fair comment will always prevail. Fire at Hyatt TRAGEDY: I’m so sad this happened, […]

Franchot: Delay Bay Bridge work

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling for the suspension of work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for the fall and winter months, citing extensive backups and poor planning. Mr. Franchot’s full comment, released Monday, is below. “I think we’ve seen enough. The whole point of government is to ensure the safety, security […]

Oyster management plan begins in state

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has issued season limits for the 2019-2020 oyster harvesting season. Effective immediately, the 2019-20 season will begin Oct. 1, 2019 with no commercial harvesting on Wednesdays, and temporary closures to wild harvesting in certain areas where there is a low abundance of oysters, low natural spat set […]

DNR gets funds for sturgeon research

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been awarded more than $700,000 in federal funding to study and monitor the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. The money will be used over three years to continue the department’s tagging and tracking of fall spawning Atlantic sturgeon in the Nanticoke River and Marshyhope Creek. Until recently, Maryland’s […]

Pesticide container recycling program begins

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s pesticide container recycling program will open its 27th year of operation in June for farmers, pesticide applicators, and others who wish to dispose of pesticide containers properly. A total of 28 collection days are scheduled from June through September at seven locations throughout the state. Those participating are […]

Banned pesticide implicated in 2016 bald eagle poisoning

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are working together to address the continued illegal use of carbofuran — a banned pesticide that has been implicated in recent poisoning events in Kent and Talbot counties that have killed at least seven bald eagles and one horned owl. […]

State leads fight against rockfish ‘dead discards’

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologists are carefully tagging adult striped bass during the annual spring spawning survey. Following deliberations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) on the status of the striped bass population along the Atlantic Coast, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources continued its ongoing leadership in striped bass […]

Senator Addie Eckardt, District 37 reports

ANNAPOLIS — Senator Adelaide C. (Addie) Eckardt (R), District 37, representing Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot and Wicomico counties, sends this dispatch from her Annapolis office: The Maryland General Assembly adjourned on April 8, 2019 in memory and honor of House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch, who passed away the day prior to Sine Die; Mike Busch […]

General Assembly raises the minimum wage

ANNAPOLIS — Last week, the Maryland legislature took a major step to help working families across Maryland by voting to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $15 by Jan. 1, 2025. Small businesses with 14 or fewer employees will be permitted to wait until July 1, 2026 to establish the full $15 wage. “The […]