A national conservation group is touting the restoration of a western Maryland trout stream polluted by acid mine drainage.
Maryland natural resources officials say trout stocking has begun in streams and lakes across the state.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says Superstorm Sandy killed more than 7,000 trout at a western Maryland trout hatchery in October.
After four months of feeding, caring for and tending to 175 tiny rainbow trout living in a 55-gallon fish tank, a group of Middletown High School students turned the fish loose to fend for themselves.
Maryland fisheries officials say mild winter weather has allowed them to get an early start stocking trout streams.
Maryland fisheries officials say trout stocking is underway statewide.
A Maryland fisheries official says a vendor who supplied trout infected with whirling disease had filed the proper paperwork.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says whirling disease has been found in a delivery of 8,000 trout stocked in several western Maryland streams.
Maryland is engaged in a full-time fight against non-native species invading the state, everything from stink bugs to mute swans. One of the biggest challenges is a foreign type of algae and the battleground is footwear.
As an algae with a gross nickname invades pristine trout streams across the U.S., Maryland is about to become the first state to enforce a ban on a type of footgear the organism uses to hitchhike from stream to stream: felt-soled fishing boots.