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Water, Water, Everywhere

March 18th, 2015

A cou­ple of week­ends ago, my room­mates and I had the plea­sure of a burst pipe in our base­ment. Of course, we ran around like chick­ens with our heads cut off try­ing to find some­body who knew where the water shut-off valve was. But nobody seemed to know until one heroic neigh­bor stepped in. We [more…]

Environmentalism, with a splash of destruction please

November 10th, 2014

Improv­ing our eco-footprint always seems to mean being gen­tler on nat­ural resources and often trans­lates to, “don’t do that,” so it’s a wel­come change when we can be green while using our poten­tial for destruc­tion. We can’t all remove dams to save rivers, but with very lit­tle train­ing any­one can har­ness their destruc­tive force to [more…]

READY for Action

October 24th, 2014

As a part of my intern­ship for the Howard County Executive’s Office, I was for­tu­nate enough to work with the amaz­ing peo­ple in Restor­ing the Envi­ron­ment and Devel­op­ing Youth (READY). When I was first asked to vol­un­teer for the pro­gram at the begin­ning of the sum­mer, I was uncer­tain of what to expect. Dur­ing my [more…]

Shine and Get Solar

September 16th, 2014

Ear­lier this sum­mer, Howard County com­pleted a 217 kW DC Solar PV sys­tem at the Lit­tle Patux­ent Water Recla­ma­tion Plant. The phở­to­voltaic sys­tem com­prises two roof mounts (42.5 kW on the Dis­in­fec­tion Build­ing and 47.2kW on the Admin­is­tra­tion Build­ing) and two car­port struc­tures (127.4 kW). The project is part of the County’s elec­tri­cal pro­tec­tion sys­tem upgrade [more…]

The Roving Radish

August 20th, 2014

What exactly is a Rov­ing Radish you ask? Well, for Howard County, it’s the name of a brand new, very excit­ing pilot project to help bring fresh food to more peo­ple. For some of you, eat­ing fresh foods from nearby farms may seem like sec­ond nature. For oth­ers, this can prove to be quite the [more…]

Backyard Art

August 1st, 2014

A few weeks back I had the good for­tune to visit Ire­land for the first time. What I heard was true, the scenery was spec­tac­u­lar. While I cer­tainly got my fill of rolling coun­try, stone walls, and hill­top cas­tles; being a stream guy, I have to admit I was in awe of the pris­tine, text [more…]

Wastewater Treatment: A Dirty Little Secret

July 24th, 2014

Would you jump in this tank to save your friend if she fell in?” This was one of the ques­tions my tour guide asked me dur­ing my visit to the Lit­tle Patux­ent Water Recla­ma­tion Plant. As I stared at the bub­bling, brown, mucky water, my first instinct told me to say “No, prob­a­bly not.” Prior to this [more…]

Workin’ at the Car Wash

July 15th, 2014

It’s hot, it’s dusty, it’s per­fect weather to get out there and wash your car! But think about this before you suds up your lovely vehi­cle: where does all of the dirt, oil, and soap from your car go after you wash it? ….Are you stumped? It gets dumped down a storm drain. Why does that [more…]

EVerybody is talking about them…

June 10th, 2014

EV Charg­ing Sta­tions Elec­tric vehi­cle (EV) charg­ing sta­tions have always been on the OES* radar, but have recently been in higher and higher demand. The County recently installed four new EV charg­ing sta­tions at the Elli­cott City cam­pus to serve its employ­ees and res­i­dents. In addi­tion to the new sta­tions, there are eight other charg­ing [more…]

Students Branching Out at Glenwood MS

February 28th, 2014

Stu­dents Branch­ing Out is a Howard County project to involve stu­dents in local tree plant­ing projects. The most recent site was at Glen­wood Mid­dle School. This was a new twist on the project because it was the first time that we planted trees on school grounds. That made involv­ing the stu­dents eas­ier, since all we [more…]

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