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Conservation & Environment Case Studies

Since 2000, crude oil has been extracted from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota through a process called hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  Bakken crude oil, which is shipped by rail to port cities around the country for transport, is highly explosive.  Communities along rail lines around... Read More
Air quality in and around the Port of Baltimore is poor.  The Baltimore area is designated a “nonattainment” area for ozone and leads the nation in asthma mortality; the American Lung Association gave Baltimore mostly failing grades in its latest “State of the Air” report card.  Mobile source... Read More
Maryland’s poultry industry produces more than 300 million chickens a year which generate roughly 650 million pounds (0.3 million tons) of poultry litter annually.  Most of the chicken waste is applied as fertilizer onto farm fields, but there is more of it than the fields can absorb.  Excess... Read More
As part of the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore City is required -- by federal mandate -- to restore 20 percent of the city’s impervious surface area within its five watersheds.  Increasing adoption of green infrastructure practices (“greening”) in residential neighborhoods is... Read More
In Maryland, a low-income household typically spends an average of 9 percent of its annual income on electricity, whereas the average-income household in Maryland spends 2.5 percent of its annual income on electricity.   In Baltimore City, where 25.2 percent of residents live below the poverty line... Read More