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Friday, November 7, 2014

NASA presents our local changing landscape seen from space tomorrow at HCC

    We all know that the ecosystem that exists in our area has an impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay. It seems every year the crab harvest gets smaller than what we would like. How to restore the health of the Bay is a debate that has many opinions and little political consensus. The controversial storm water tax recently implemented in some counties in Maryland was one attempt to raise revenue to address some of the efforts to minimize the impact of storm water runoff on the Bay.  Tomorrow at the Howard Community College you can see the changing landscape of our area and the Bay from NASA photos.  Here is the info from the College on this session:
      "Transition Howard County ( and the Earth Forum ( in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Howard Community College will conduct a forum on, “Changing Landscape: Observations from Space.” The Forum is an educational event for the general community and will focus on changes in the urban, agricultural, forests landscapes, and the Chesapeake watershed resulting from development and climate change. Scientists from NASA, other government agencies, and the University of Maryland who specialize in space observations of land use change will discuss their data, results, and interpretation.  This session, for the general public, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8th and will consist of three lectures followed by a panel discussion to include the scientists, representatives from the Union of Concerned Scientist, the Maryland Department of Planning, and a staff member from Senator Cardin's office with policy expertise in the environment and land use. The panel will comment on the lectures, further discuss the implications of land use change, review the status of policy actions, and answer questions submitted by the community.

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Health Sciences Building (HSB 150)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Registration is at 8:30 am
    Howard Community College
    Rouse Company Foundation
    Student Hall (RCF 400)
    NASA and Environmental
    Organization exhibits
    begin at 8:30am with Coffee and Refreshments."

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