Weather Alert,   Friday March 6th - The Maryland Sierra Club Office College Park Office will be closed today due to severe weather. Interns and volunteers should contact their supervisors.

Howard County Group

The Howard County Group of the Maryland Sierra Club

welcomes your participation in our environmental initiatives. The Sierra Club supports educational programs, conservation efforts, environmental candidates and legislation, and outings. Find more information here on our website, and the latest schedule on the Calendar. See below for the latest news.


District 12 Delegates to the Maryland General Assembly -- Eric Ebersole, Clarence Lam and Terri Hill -- will be hosting two Town Hall forums during the legislative session.
Thursday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Kahler Hall, Harpers Choice Village Center, Columbia

Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Arbutus Library, Arbutus
These are great opportunities to meet our representatives in the state government, learn about what they've been doing, and share our opinions on some of the legislation they're working on in Annapolis. 

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The Howard County Sierra Club was represented by Kathleen Sheedy and Meagan Braganca on the Fueling Station Task Force. After months of meetings and research, the Task Force submitted its recommendations to the County Council. 

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Support Senate Bill 409 / House Bill 449, "Protect our Health and Communities Act", which calls for an 8-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction in Maryland.

Contact the Environment and Transportation Committee, where the bill is currently being considered. Delegate Robert Flanagan, of Howard County's District 9B, serves on the committee. If you live in his district, make sure he knows you support more research into the environmental and health consequences of fracking, and no permission granted to drill for natural gas until the studies are complete. 

The Environment and Transportation Committee Hearing will take place on March 11 at 1:00 pm.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun The Sierra Club and other environmental groups support the moratorium on fracking: read our position statement. You can also sign the petition circulated by Credo Action.

Then be sure to write or call Delegate Flanagan:

Robert L. Flanagan
Republican, District 9B, Howard County
House Office Building, Room 430
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3077, (301) 858-3077
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3077 (toll free)
fax: (410) 841-3349, (301) 858-3349

Prevent Fracking in Maryland!

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Yes, you can garden in the winter -- and avoid mosquitoes, deer ticks, and sunburn! The All-Sensory Garden in the Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park is an ongoing project to clear non-native invasive plants inside the area bounded by the All-Sensory Trail. Native plants will be cultivated in the cleared area as a demonstration project for the public. Volunteers are needed to dig up the invasives and plant the natives -- no experience is necessary.

The next worksession will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from noon to 2:00 pm. Please register online so we have enough tools and plants for everyone, and can tell the Park staff to expect you: volunteers get free admission to the Park. Need more information? Contact

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Plans are being finalized for the removal of the Bloede Dam on the Patapsco River. The demolition of the dam will necessitate closing some of the trails in Patapsco Valley State Park and removing others altogether. The entire process, from clearing the area around the dam to removing the dam itself to revegetating the affected riverbanks, will take several years.

The result will be a safer waterway for recreation and a healthy ecosystem that once again allows fish to swim upstream to spawn. 

More information is available at:

Citizen input is welcome; send comments to

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The Bloede Dam, one of the last remaining dams on the Patapsco River, will be removed to improve the health and safety of the river. 

An open house will be hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and American Rivers. The public is invited to stop by during the day to learn about the plans for the demolition and removal of the dam. 

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm (arrive and leave as you please)
Location: Baltimore County Public Library— Arbutus Branch
855 Sulphur Spring Road
Arbutus, Maryland 21227 

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