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Stormy Monday: The new “Rain Tax” rules are out; read ‘em and weep

July 15, 2013
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Stormy Monday: The new “Rain Tax” rules are out; read ‘em and weep

The Rain Tax rules are out, and some of them are strange. Starting this fall, Baltimore homeowners and/or renters (whoever pays the water bill) are going to have to pay up to $120 per year extra on their water bills to cover new pollution control strategies for the Chesapeake Bay. The federally-mandated remediation of...
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Catherine Pancake On the Impact of Black Diamonds, Her 2006 Film About Mountaintop Removal

February 23, 2010
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The devastation wrought by mountaintop-removal mining was brought into tight focus by Catherine Pancake of Baltimore (a native West Virginian), with the 2006 release of her documentary Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice, to which CP devoted a cover story that year. The film went on to win numerous awards,...
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Portion of Maidens Choice Run Restored in West Baltimore

December 4, 2009
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Portion of Maidens Choice Run Restored in West Baltimore

The restored area of Maidens Choice Run behind Beechfield Elementary. | Image by CP Digicam Mayor Sheila Dixon addresses the crowd at the dedication of the restored watershed area. | Image by CP Digicam In 2005, the Maidens Choice Run streambed behind Beechfield Elementary School in West Baltimore was a dumping ground—it was overgrown,...
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Baltimore: A Top 10 Sustainable City

October 22, 2008
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Baltimore has made another Top 10 list–this time, though, it’s not a list of the most murderous, drug-addled, or crime-ridden cities. Sustain Lane, an online “people-powered guide to sustainable living,” has ranked Baltimore as the 10th most sustainable metropolitan city in the country, ranked right up there with Portland, Ore. (No. 1), Seattle (No....
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