Students are encouraged to show what Marylanders can do to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Students in kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to participate in the first Earth Day poster contest by the Maryland Department of the Environment. The theme is "Reclaim the Bay." MDE encourages students to submit an entry depicting what Marylanders can do to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. MDE hopes the contest will help raise awareness about Maryland's bay watershed restoration efforts and to let Marylanders know things they can do to help restore the bay. The deadline for entering is April 8. Since this is the first year of the competition, organizers don't know how many entries to expect; so they will determine the number of winners based on the submissions they receive, said Adrienne Diaczok, spokeswoman for MDE. The …
Fish are dying across Maryland because of low levels of oxygen, which are an indicator of water quality.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
By Clara Vaughn, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS - In April 2011, more than 3,000 fish died in a pond in Upper Marlboro. High demand for oxygen triggered a lethal drop in oxygen levels in the pond, investigators from the Maryland Department of the Environment found. Three months later, 1,500 fish died in a storm water management pond in Charles County, also the result of lethally low levels of dissolved oxygen. Over the last three decades, low dissolved oxygen has been the likely culprit behind more fish kills reported to the Maryland Department of the Environment than any other cause, including disease, toxins and discards from commercial and recreational fishing. Low-oxygen conditions accounted for 519 of 1,770 lethal …