Governor's bid to curb septic development stirs debate

Proposes ban on large rural housing projects to aid bay, limit sprawl

Gov. Martin O'Malley stunned environmentalists and builders alike Thursday by calling for a crackdown on housing developments that use septic systems — a bid to curb suburban sprawl and help restore the Chesapeake Bay. His proposal, part of the annual State of the State address, set the stage for a fierce debate in Annapolis, as developers warned it could stifle growth and cost jobs in a real estate industry still struggling to climb from the recession. ... Full Story »

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Howard Libit
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by Howard Libit - Feb. 3, 2011

The reporter covered every angle on this daily article, and provided in-depth explanation of a key part of the governor's State of the State address.

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Lawrence Lanahan
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by Lawrence Lanahan - Feb. 4, 2011

Note: I'm a producer at Maryland Morning, which participates in NewsTrust. This is a balanced, well-reported, well-written piece. All the necessary voices are there (indeed, a wide range, from all over the state). The lede was tight, informative, and well-chosen from among several angles the story could have taken. The full story contains all the context needed to rope in readers new to the issue (Smart Growth, how the Bay gets dead zones, earlier attempts at similar legislation, etc.), but there's enough detail to appeal to stakeholders, to be relevant to the General Assembly session. The article takes a claim from a public official (the gov: "O'Malley said that pollution from homes being built with septic systems is ... More »

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Megen Donovan
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by Megen Donovan - Feb. 13, 2011

The author did a good job getting different sides of the stories. I think he brought it closer to home by bringing in the septic worker and showing the negative effects of a positive ban. The article shows the reader both pros and cons of a bill being proposed and potentially passed to ban septic systems in order to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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