Happy Friday. Here is the weekly update of news and events.Read More
We usually think of water as a renewable source, but this isn’t technically true – all water that exists today, is the same water that has always existed, and it is the only water that will ever be available (view this video from EPA to get a better idea about how water moves through the hydrologic cycle on earth. There are no new sources of water, but how we use water can change. As climate changes and population grows, we are increasingly stressing our water sources, especially our groundwater (for more basic information on groundwater visit: What is Groundwater). Groundwater is the largest source of irrigation water in Maryland’s coastal plain, and it is also the slowest water source to recharge, or replenish itself. It can take from weeks to up to 10,000 years for water from the surface to reach the water table below the surface and refill the groundwater that has been used.Read More
The State of Maryland will soon have a pilot food donation program creating a state income tax credit for qualified farms donating food to authorized organizations, assuming the law is signed by the Governor. The pilot program, which would go into effect July 1, 2017, will be limited to farmers in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties.Read More
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Many of you may have neighbors with trees or bushes growing near the property line. Branches might be impacting equipment you use in fields, growing into property line fences, or dropping branches on your property after storms. The question is often asked, “Can I trim my neighbor’s tree?” The answer, at least in Delaware and Maryland, is that a neighboring property owner has the right to trim tree limbs, bushes, or other vegetation growing over the property line back to the property line. The neighboring property owner cannot trespass to do so, and may only trim from his/her property.Read More
Here is the weekly round up of news and events from the past week. Happy Friday!Read More
For years, the legal specialists at ALEI have blogged about the twists and turns in the legal saga of the Clean Water Act (CWA) “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. For a quick review on the WOTUS rule, check out this past post, and for more information, type WOTUS into the search feature of this blog. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the WOTUS rule to clear up confusion over the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act. Opponents say the WOTUS rule is a regulatory overreach, unconstitutional, and inconsistent with legal precedent.Read More
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On February 13, 2017, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced that new invasive plants classified as Tier 1 and Tier 2. In 2016, MDA updated the invasive plant species regulations to define what is considered a Tier 1 and Tier 2 invasive plant and when to grow invasive plant species in Maryland. The updated regulations also provided guidance on listing new plant species as either Tier 1 or Tier 2 and the procedure for delisting an invasive plant species from Tier 1 or Tier 2.Read More