NEW DATA:Environmental Indictors, Prime Farmland and New Special
Project - Assessing Maryland's Cattle Slaughter Capacity!


Data Layer Updates:

We have updated our map site to include Environmental Indicator data. Beginning last summer our Data Specialist, Julia Simons, began compiling data on the state of our environmental resources here in Maryland. Julia found a huge collection of indicators -- everything from nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay to brownfield environmental cleanup sites. The information shows impacts from the food system (such as agricultural runoff), and general environmental indicators such as watershed health. We are still in the process of compiling much of this data, but wanted to share the layers that are ready for display in the Maryland Food System map. Here's what you'll find in the Environmental Indicators category:

  • Nutrients:
    • Nitrogen, Delivered and Incremental Yield from Agriculture (from the US Geological Survey)
    • Phosphorous, Delivered and Incremental Yield from Agriculture (from the US Geological Survey)
  • Biodiversity:
    • According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, this data identifies and prioritizes ecologically important lands to conserve.
  • Water Quality:
    • Watershed Health- watersheds across the state have been coded as good, fair or poor as part of the Maryland Biological Stream Survey
    • Quality Assessments- measures from the Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality that assess Bacteria, Biological, Nutrient and Sediment information, required by the federal Clean Water Act
  • Environmental Clean-up Areas:
    • Land Restoration Program - properties identified by the Maryland Department of the Environment for Voluntary Cleanup Program, the Brownfields Initiative, and State Remediation.
    • Landfill Methane Outreach Program - voluntary assistance program through the US Environmental Protection Agency that reduces methane emissions by encouraging the creative use of landfill gas as an energy resource

We will add more environmental information to our website as soon as we can.

We have also added a layer called "Prime Farmland," showing land that is best suited to "food, feed, forage, fiber, and oilseed crops" compiled by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  This data layer is located in the Agriculture category on the map.

We have also added "State Parks" under Points of Interest.

New Special Project:

We worked recently with Tufts University graduate student Eliza Davenport Whiteman to conduct an analysis of cattle slaughtering capacity in Maryland. This project is featured on our Special Projects page.

Maryland Food System Map in the News:

Finally, we thought we'd share a recent Johns Hopkins Magazine article, "From farm to plate to policy," about the Center's work, which includes the Maryland Food System Mapping Project. 

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