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EPA public hearing, MARA, and other Maryland green events

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The Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is holding a biocontrol workshop at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center in Washington, D.C. It will be held on July 28 and 29. The workshop will cover methods of controlling aquatic and terrestrial invasive plants. There will be a field trip to the Rock Creek Park Golf Course on July 28 and presentations and panel discussions on July 29. For more information, contact Damien Ossi at damien.oss@dc.gov or (202) 741-0840.

The Maryland Naturalist Center is holding a plant identification lab on July 28. The hours are 7 - 9 p.m. Participants will use plant keys, microscopes, reference collections and hand lenses while working with the plants. The plants being studied will include trees, shrubs, grasses, and herbaceous plants. Admission costs $10.00. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearings for the proposed Clean Power Plan on July 29 and 30. It will be held at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, in Washington, D.C. Events surrounding the hearing will begin at 8 a.m. on July 29 and end at 9 p.m. on July 30. They will include a video testimony and a rally. The Clean Power Plan will be the first -ever federal standard limiting carbon emissions from power plants. The Sierra Club will helping to coordinate free transportation. For more information, contact David Smedick at David.Smedick@sierraclub.org or (301) 277-7111.

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy is offering a free Information Session on their Watershed Steward Certification Course on July 29. It will be held at the Severn Branch Library 6 - 7:30 p.m. A Master Watershed Steward identifies pollutants in local creeks and streams and crafts strategies to reduce such pollution. They also educate members of their community about the worst environmental problems in their area and also teach people how to control polluted runoff by installing rain gardens, making rain barrels, or using other techniques. For more information, contact Suzanne Etgen at setgen@aacps.org or (443) 871-0700.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is offering a talk on The Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas (MARA) on July 29. It will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center and it will start at 7:30 p.m. MARA was a survey that began in 2010 and will end this coming December. Sue Muller, a coordinator of the project, will describe MARA's goals and how the animals' distributions are being mapped. She will also describe the 20+ non-native species the surveyors found. To learn more, e-mail info@MDFlora.org.

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