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August 22, 2009

Oyster reef in Severn River wins ecosystem award

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The Federal Highway Administration has awarded its Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative Award to the Maryland Transportation Authority, the Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other partners for creating the Asquith Creek Oyster Reef in the Severn River last fall. The 3-acre reef provides a sanctuary for 4 million juvenile oysters and was made from demolished concrete from the Bay Bridge Preservation Project. Its purpose is improving the Chesapeake Bay water quality and was done as part of the state's sustainable growth program, Smart, Green & Growing, created by Gov. Martin O'Malley last year.

- Meredith Cohn

Maryland colleges receive $777,000 in NEA grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded about $777,000 in grants to Maryland colleges, including a $400,000 grant to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to help fund a project about media images and the civil rights movement. The project is a traveling exhibit titled "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights," which will use a catalog, Web site and presentations to the public and schools to show how media images were used to influence attitudes toward racial equality during the civil rights movement. Loyola College, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and the University of Maryland, College Park were the other colleges to receive grant money. The Electronic Literature Organization in College Park and the Maryland Humanities Council also received awards that totaled $171,000.

FOR THE RECORD - A headline on a brief in Saturday's editions incorrectly named the agency that awarded $777,000 in grants to state colleges. The agency is the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

- Sarah Fisher

Food bank gets donation of refrigerated truck

The Maryland Food Bank now owns a $64,000 refrigerated truck that it can use to deliver perishable food donations to its local partners. The 2009 Ford 14-foot refrigerated box truck is a donation from the Partnership for Hunger Relief that includes contributions from the Ford Motor Co., Newman's Own Inc. and Feeding America. With demand for food increasing daily, the truck will help the organization deliver fresh products to the state's hungry, Food Bank officials said. The food bank distributed more than 16.7 million pounds of food in 2008, a 28 percent increase over the previous year, they said. The donated truck is at the bank's Halethorpe distribution center but will eventually be in operation at the Salisbury branch.

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