Training

Mark Hicks Enhances Heavy Equipment Training for MES Employees

Mark Hicks was hired as a Maintenance Mechanic II in January of 2013 by the MES Environmental Monitoring Division to help support work efforts with the Maryland Aviation Administration, primarily at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. With over 30 years of experience as a heavy equipment operator, Mark came to MES with an extensive background in…

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Farm Tire Drop-off Month: “The tires are just pouring in.”

“The tires are just pouring in” at Saturday’s Farm Tire Drop-off Day in Frederick County, reported Susie Knapp from her Walkersville farm in Frederick County. Susie and James Ramsburg volunteered their farm as a collection site for agricultural tires during Free Farm Tire Drop-Off month. Her report: “There are just thousands of tires coming in.…

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Restore Rock Creek in Pasadena

Get outside and celebrate spring at the headwaters of Rock Creek in Pasadena on Saturday, April 5. The Baltimore Port Alliance Environmental Committee is partnering with the Restore Rock Creek organization and local community associations for this watershed cleanup event. Volunteers will help improve the headwaters of Rock Creek by removing trash and debris. This…

Used Obsolete Tractor Tire Lying On Pile Of Debris

March is Free Farm Tire Drop-off Month

Tires are tricky to get rid of. Maryland Landfills are prohibited from burying tires under state law. Burning them releases toxic oils and fumes (and it’s illegal.) It’s even tougher for farmers. The big tires on their equipment are critical to their operations. When those enormous tires wear out, disposal is complicated and expensive. March…

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Historic Oyster Shell Donated to Oyster Recovery Partnership’s Shell Recycling Alliance

This winter, the Maryland State Highway Administrations Cultural Resources Section donated approximately 250 pounds of broken oyster shell to the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s Shell Recycling Alliance. Archaeologists recovered the shell during an investigation on the shore of the Patuxent River near Benedict in Charles County, Maryland. The site is a mid 17th through early 18th…

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MES Forms Strategic Industry Partnership with Charles County, MCET and MRWA, Awarded EARN Grant from State

While scientists and environmental activists make the news headlines, water and wastewater operators are the unsung heroes of the Chesapeake Bay. A perfectly designed treatment plant will fail without trained operators. Yet young people pass up the opportunity for this challenging and rewarding career; there’s that “Ed Norton” perception of the water/wastewater operator. But those…

Oyster Restoration Project

Fossilized Oyster Shells From Florida to Become Home to Maryland Oysters

From Maryland Department of the Natural Resources: Governor Martin O’Malley was joined by more than 100 partners and stakeholders at the Port of Baltimore on Friday morning for a first-hand look at approximately 2,750 tons of fossilized oyster shell en route to Harris Creek in the Chesapeake Bay. The barge load was the first shipment…

Baltimore County Single-Stream Recycling Material Recovery Facility Ribbon Cutting

Baltimore County, MES Cut Ribbon On New Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Transfer Station

Yesterday, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz cut the ribbon on the County’s new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and transfer station in Cockeysville. The new single stream facility will process 35 tons of recyclables per hour, with the capacity to sort more than 70,000 tons of recyclables per year. The highly automated new MRF contains 86…

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MES Headquarters Building Awarded LEED Gold Certification from USGBC

For the second time, the Maryland Environmental Service Headquarters Building achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Under USGBC’s rating system, MES HQ scored 75 points out of a maximum 79 points under the Gold Level category. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that measures the…