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Volume 16, Issue 10 - March 6 - 12, 2008

Way Downstream

In Anne Arundel County, no Target will ever encroach on Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary. Maryland’s Board of Public Works has approved $5.75 million in Program Open Space funding to buy the 30-acre, property at Wayson’s Corner. The land was zoned commercial, but last year Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold blocked its development, saying “I heard the clear message from the citizens of South County that they want this land to remain undeveloped.”

Development would have soiled nearby Galloway Creek, which runs through Jug Bay. “This property is a linchpin between the Glendening Nature Preserve at Jug Bay and the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary,” Leopold said.

Since 1969, 322,700 acres have been purchased through Program Open Space, which is funded through a transfer tax on real estate transactions …

In Annapolis, Anne Arundel Medical Center is drafting new fathers for its Boot Camp program. The first class of its kind in Maryland, the New Dad Boot Camp whips its recruits into shape with hands-on lessons that encourage expectant fathers to take up active duty: Dad drill instructors run through the basics of burping, feeding and changing before sending their recruits into the field. The course costs $50. Register at 443-481-4000;

On the Eastern Shore, Talbot County signed on to keep its rural land rural. Talbot became the fifth county to sign the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s regional agreement to protect land on the Eastern Shore.

Some 160,000 new residents will make the Eastern Shore home in the next 25 years, which will add more than 70,000 new houses on 262,000 acres, according to the Maryland Department of Planning. To lessen the blow, the Land Conservancy’s agreement pledges signers to fund land protection, set a maximum annual growth rate, create a plan for workforce housing, direct 80 percent of new growth to villages and towns and more …

Around the U.S., we celebrate National Ground Water Awareness Week from March 9th through the 15th, by protecting our most abundant source of fresh water. Help waterways above and below ground run clean by not dumping hazardous chemicals — like paint, cleaners and fertilizer — into the environment or pouring them down the drain. Instead, store them in secure, sealed containers, and when you’re done with them, take them to Hazardous Drop-off Days (Anne Arundel: the next one is March 8 at the Millersville Landfill; Calvert County: daily at the Appeal Landfill). Well owners should get their water tested at least once a year for bacteria, nitrates and more, advises the National Ground Water Association:

Last but not least, this week’s Creature Feature comes from Bay Weekly, where canine editor-at-very-large Moe (100 pounds) has found a new intern. At 11 weeks and five and a half pounds, Jack Russell Terrier Nipper has already proven himself to be quite the newshound around the office. As he sniffs out new stories around the Bay, Nipper promises to take a bite out of journalism — and maybe a few shoes …

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