March 6, 2020
Counties Combat Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus is spreading at alarming rates and with the recent confirmation of 3 cases in Maryland, state and local government officials are in overdrive working to prepare and inform Maryland residents about next steps. Interagency cooperation with government, health, and nonprofit agencies alike will be crucial in combating the spread of this dangerous disease. Counties are launching informational campaigns, holding press conferences, and stockpiling supplies – Conduit Street has your coverage.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss the latest news and notes on the Kirwan Blueprint legislation - which received its public hearing on February 17, and in the last several days has sprung to life, with House action appearing imminent.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode:
Counties In Action
Exec. Olszewski Encourages Youth Environmental Stewardship for Read Across America Month
Exec. Ball Presents Grant to Climate of Hope Program to Promote Ag Conservation
KCPS Superintendent Dr. Couch
Speaks to Chestertown Spy on Kirwan Blueprint

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner BGE , utilizes the power of crowd-sourcing to identify osprey nests build on electric equipment. The program helps BGE find and relocate nests that pose a risk to the birds and potential power outages.

From BGE 's website:

In early spring each year, Maryland welcomes back ospreys returning to settle in breeding areas around the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, one favorite osprey nesting spot—the top of utility poles—poses a danger to birds while raising the risk of disruptions to electric service.

BGE encourages the community to lend a hand through Osprey Watch , a crowd-sourcing initiative to identify the location of nests built on electric equipment. Customers have reported 100 osprey nests since the program’s inception in 2016, and BGE is catching potential outage issues sooner as a result of the Osprey Watch program and seasonal inspections of equipment frequented by osprey.

Here’s how the program works: anyone who sees an osprey nest on BGE equipment may report it by emailing the following information to :

  • The pole number, located on a placard near eye level on the pole (**Only if the pole is easily accessible**)
  • The nearest address to the pole, and photos of the pole taken from different perspectives (**If the pole is not easily accessible**)

Alternatively, osprey nest location information may be shared over the phone with BGE’s customer service team at 1-800-685-0123.

Crews follow all federal and local wildlife regulations in the process.

More information about BGE’s other environmental work is available at .

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