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May 17, 2010
As the result of a water main break, water service will be interrupted Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. in the Mount Aetna water service area, Washington County Department of Water Quality personnel said Monday. Service will be restored as soon as possible, the county said in an e-mailed release. The affected area includes Mt. Aetna Road from Highpoint Drive to Crystal Falls Drive, Highland View Academy, and Crystal Falls Drive from White Oak Road to the Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Co. station, said Kim Bowers, superintendent of Water and Wastewater Operations at the Washington County Department of Water Quality.
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By HEATHER KEELS | April 29, 2010
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County officials will hold a public hearing Tuesday before voting on a proposed stormwater management, grading, soil erosion and sediment control ordinance that incorporates new state-mandated regulations. The new requirements will increase costs for developers and home builders, but they are designed to improve flood control and promote water quality through downstream erosion control, officials have said. The regulatory overhaul was set in motion by Maryland's Stormwater Management Act of 2007, which requires the use of a stormwater management approach known as "environmental site design.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 19, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- All it took for Julie Pippel to set her sights on an environmental career was an ecology camp she attended when she was a student at Williamsport High School. Now the director of the Washington County Division of Environmental Management, Pippel said she has achieved her aim to be a part of providing a good environment for future generations. "In this job, I can make a difference in the water quality in Washington County," Pippel said from her office on Elliott Parkway near Williamsport.
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By MARLO BARNHART | August 19, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- An Antietam Creek Water Trail gathering Wednesday became more than just academic. Landowners and representatives from state and local environmental groups, the National Park Service and several governmental bodies met at the Washington County Department of Water Quality on Elliott Parkway. "We're looking at the Upper Potomac tributaries such as the Antietam a little more closely," said David Biser, vice president of the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance based in Hagerstown.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 9, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- "If we can stop erosion, the rest of this," Ed Merrifield said gesturing to his lengthy PowerPoint presentation on sediment control, "is irrelevant. " Rivers, streams and creeks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed suffer from sediment pollution that, due to soil erosion and runoff, is compromising water quality, said Merrifield, executive director of Potomac Riverkeeper Inc. Addressing the Antietam Watershed Association (AWA) on Wednesday, Merrifield encouraged the 20 people present to do their part to stop excessive sediment pollution.
NEWS
June 26, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced this week it is seeking information from Eastern Panhandle residents to improve water quality in the Tuscarora Creek watershed. Workshops will be held Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in Martinsburg to help the DEP prioritize pollution reduction projects, the agency said in a press release. The first session will be in the Dunn Building cafeteria, Room 200, at 400 W. Stephen St., and the second session will be in the boardroom at the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District offices off Edwin Miller Boulevard behind The Daily Grind.
NEWS
May 25, 2008
Sheriff Doug Mullendore and former County Administrator Rod Shoop were among more than 100 county employees honored for service to the citizens of Washington County at the annual Employee Service/Retirement Awards Breakfast recently at Next Dimensions restaurant in Funkstown. Nine retirees were honored, including Maj. Bob Hafer of the Sheriff's Judicial Department, who served the county for 35 years. William Crilly and Mullendore each served for 25 years and Shoop for 15 years.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 14, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Washington County's former deputy water quality director pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to a felony count of extortion by a public official. James Ernest Bishop, 62, received probation before judgment from Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell. Bishop, who has no prior criminal record, must serve 15 months of unsupervised probation. Bishop, who retired from the county after more than 20 years of service, was charged in connection with two incidents dating to 2004.
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By ERIN JULIUS | December 13, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Washington County's former deputy water quality director pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to a felony count of extortion by a public official. James Ernest Bishop, 62, received probation before judgment from Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell. Bishop, who has no prior criminal record, must serve 15 months of unsupervised probation. Bishop, who retired from the county after more than 20 years of service, was charged in connection with two incidents dating to 2004.
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By ERIN JULIUS | July 24, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Two former Washington County employees were indicted last week on charges of extortion by a public official, Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said Monday morning during a press conference at the Washington County Sheriff's Department. A conviction on extortion charges carries a penalty of 10 years in prison. Both employees were released from their jobs with the Washington County Department of Water Quality earlier this year, Michael said. The indictments allege that James Ernest Bishop Jr., 61, of Williamsport, the county's former water quality deputy director, convinced two companies performing work locally to give him laser survey levels worth more than $500 each in 2004.
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