After 20 years, Baltimore Ecosystem Study federal funding ramps down

For two decades, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study has collected, analyzed and provided long-term data on surface water and groundwater in the Baltimore region, measuring variables ranging from temperature to the amount of sediment or salt in a stream. The long-term study, based out of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, enables scientists to monitor and understand years-long climate and other ecological trends. But the program’s federal funding is being phased out and UMBC may be looking for private funding to continue the work. (Balt. Sun)

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To slow a deadly epidemic, naloxone training is offered in Baltimore

It was a rainy night in southwest Baltimore, but about 40 people turned out for a free class on how to save someone from an opioid overdose using the rescue drug, naloxone. Their rapt attention and sharp questions suggested many had seen – or expected to confront – someone in danger of dying before their eyes from an overdose. “The blue-gray coloration, can you talk about to what extent that applies to people who aren’t white,” asked a woman toward the back of the room. The question was fielded by Harriet Smith, of the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition, who was leading the discussion. (Brew)

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EPA waiting to clear abandoned Baltimore warehouses of chemicals deemed 'a seven-alarm fire' risk

Hundreds of barrels of toxic chemicals — enough to cause a seven-alarm blaze if they ignited, a fire official told regulators — remain in two abandoned and dilapidated warehouses in East Baltimore as the Environmental Protection Agency waits for permission to access a site that has been considered an environmental hazard since May. The buildings on Quad Avenue, along a stream near the Baltimore County line, are overgrown and open to the elements, according to an EPA inspection report. (Balt. Sun)

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New Anne Arundel council takes office, names Pruski chairman

The new Anne Arundel County Council took office Monday with a swearing-in ceremony and its first meeting only a few hours later. The seven council members were sworn in at a short ceremony at 3 p.m. The first meeting followed at 7 p.m. and included public interviews of potential Board of Appeals members and the election of the council’s new chair and vice-chair. (Capital)

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Commissioner-elect Bouchat settles tax lien, prepares to tackle Carroll's opioid epidemic

Eric Bouchat, commissioner-elect for District 4, will be sworn in as part of Carroll County’s 61st Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and will be free from his 2014 tax lien. Bouchat received confirmation on Nov. 26, via a letter from the IRS, that the $42,526 he owed in back taxes was resolved. And he told the Times that was courtesy of a story written by the newspaper, “which forced the IRS to finally settle” for a payment of about $13,000. “I’m glad I could finally get it resolved,” the commissioner-elect said Monday. (Carr. Co. Times)

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December 3 // Are tax hikes on the table in Baltimore County? New executive Olszewski inherits a sobering financial forecast

When Johnny Olszewski Jr. takes the oath of office Monday as the new Baltimore County executive, he’ll inherit a financial forecast for the county that could force him to consider raising taxes. A new advisory report on county finances warns that Baltimore County cannot sustain its current rate of borrowing money for infrastructure projects. Without significant changes — such as scaling back borrowing, raising taxes or forgoing pay raises for county employees — the county government risks having its credit rating downgraded, the report warns. (Balt. Sun)

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Freshman lawmaker wants more state aid for Ellicott City flood-control projects

Plans for sustained state funding that could help advance flood-control projects for historic Ellicott City will be proposed by a freshman delegate from Howard County. Delegate-elect Courtney Watson, a Democrat who represents the historic town, said she wants to reboot the Comprehensive Flood Management Grant Program to provide long-term state funding to mitigate flooding in the town. The Democrat is drafting a bill that might draw program funds from the state’s capital budget. (Ho. Co. Times)

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As climate change predictions raise alarm, proposals target Baltimore trash incinerator

Proposals to crack down on a Southwest Baltimore trash incinerator — both the city's main garbage receptacle and its largest single source of air pollution — are gaining momentum with support from a majority of the City Council and the Maryland General Assembly. A city ordinance would demand that Wheelabrator Baltimore dramatically reduce emissions of harmful pollutants linked to asthma and heart disease, and could effectively close a facility that burns hundreds of thousands of tons of household waste from across the region each year. (Balt. Sun)

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