Chesapeake Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Possible Flood Gates for Chesapeake Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/possible-flood-gates-chesapeake-bay <p>NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Scientists are studying what would happen if a series of floodgates are built across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1st5EKV">Virginian-Pilot</a> reports a team led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are trying to find out the consequences of a potential 24-mile-long network of barriers between Virginia Beach and the southern tip of the Eastern Shore.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:57:56 +0000 Don Rush 57983 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Possible Flood Gates for Chesapeake Bay EPA Says Delaware Is Not Meeting Bay Cleanup Goals http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/epa-says-delaware-not-meeting-bay-cleanup-goals <p>The Environmental Protection Agency says that Delaware failed to meet its own targets for reducing pollution from nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment through last year.</p><p>That stands in contrast to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia which reached all three goals.</p><p>The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued its own report earlier this month that came to the same conclusion.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that nonetheless every jurisdiction fell short in carrying out some of the regulations and monitoring efforts.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:56:36 +0000 Don Rush 56791 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net EPA Says Delaware Is Not Meeting Bay Cleanup Goals Virginia Considers Reduction in Female Blue Crab Harvest http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-considers-reduction-female-blue-crab-harvest <p>NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Marine officials in Virginia are weighing plans to reduce the harvest of female blue crabs.</p><p>The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will take public comment Tuesday on a proposal to reduce the harvest of female blue crabs by 10 percent over the next year beginning July 5.</p><p>Officials say the move would help increase spawning potential and help reverse the depleted condition of female blue crabs.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:30:02 +0000 Don Rush 56567 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Considers Reduction in Female Blue Crab Harvest Region's Governors Meet on Cleaning Up the Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/regions-governors-meet-cleaning-bay <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is hosting the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council.</p><p>The council is meeting Monday in Annapolis. The council is scheduled to sign an agreement to update a 14-year-old plan to guide restoration and conservation in the bay's six-state watershed.</p><p>Among the issues the plan covers is how the states and the federal government will address the impact of climate change on the nation's largest estuary.</p><p>A meeting is scheduled in the statehouse. That will be followed by a news conference at the Annapolis City Dock.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:07:20 +0000 Don Rush 56099 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Region's Governors Meet on Cleaning Up the Bay MD Environmental Report Gives Eastern Shore Rivers Low Grades http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-environmental-report-gives-eastern-shore-rivers-low-grades <p>The latest environmental report has given the bay a grade of C for the second straight year.</p><p>The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science found that the rivers around agricultural areas lost ground last year.</p><p>The Choptank River received a C-minus while the upper shore rivers such as the Sassafras Chester and Miles got D’s.</p><p>That’s down from the previous year.</p><p>The researchers said that much of the problem involved the 50 inches of rain on Delmarva which brought fertilizer and animal waste from the fields into the rivers.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:20:03 +0000 Don Rush 55081 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Environmental Report Gives Eastern Shore Rivers Low Grades Chesapeake Bay Conservation Designation Opens Way for Federal Funds http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chesapeake-bay-conservation-designation-opens-way-federal-funds <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay watershed is among eight areas in the nation being designated critical conservation areas.</p><p>Virginia U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine said Tuesday that designation ensures federal funding to help implement a variety of conservation projects.</p><p>With the designation, the bay is eligible to receive a portion of more than $100 million in annual funding. It would be used to help implement a variety of conservation projects and increase the sustainability of regional water, soil, wildlife and natural resources.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:23:02 +0000 Don Rush 55002 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chesapeake Bay Conservation Designation Opens Way for Federal Funds MD Senator Ties Conowingo Dam to Bay Restoration http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-senator-ties-conowingo-dam-bay-restoration <p>CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) - Officials say concerns about the sediment-filtering capacity of a dam on the lower Susquehanna River in northeast Maryland must be addressed in the broader context of trying to improve water quality efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.</p><p>Construction of the Conowingo Dam in the late 1920s created a detainment area for some of the sediments and nutrients flowing down the Susquehanna toward the bay.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:59:21 +0000 Don Rush 53765 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Senator Ties Conowingo Dam to Bay Restoration Hearing on Conowingo Dam Pollution Issue by MD Senator http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/hearing-conowingo-dam-pollution-issue-md-senator <p>CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a hearing regarding environmental challenges involving the Conowingo Dam in northeast Maryland.</p><p>Construction of the dam in the late 1920s created a detainment area for some of the sediments and nutrients flowing down the Susquehanna River toward the Chesapeake Bay.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:51:42 +0000 Don Rush 53695 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Hearing on Conowingo Dam Pollution Issue by MD Senator MD Joins Legal Support of Federal Bay Clean Up Plan http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-joins-legal-support-federal-bay-clean-plan <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland is joining three other jurisdictions in supporting the Obama administration's plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It's seeking to counter an election-year legal challenge by farmers and 21 attorneys general.</p><p>The case before a federal court in Philadelphia asks whether the EPA went too far in negotiating a 2010 agreement that sets pollution limits on the nation's largest estuary.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:42:17 +0000 Don Rush 53368 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Joins Legal Support of Federal Bay Clean Up Plan More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/more-court-briefs-backing-epa-bay-restoration-plan <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.</p><p>The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.</p><p>This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:57:06 +0000 Don Rush 53028 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan Bay Grasses Making Come Back http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bay-grasses-making-come-back <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Scientists say an indicator of the Chesapeake Bay's health - underwater grasses - has reversed a three-year downward trend.</p><p>The Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual report on underwater grasses on Monday. The program says the abundance of underwater grasses increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013.</p><p>Underwater grasses are considered critical to the bay ecosystem because they offer food to small invertebrates and migratory birds and shelter for young fish and blue crabs.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:08:58 +0000 Don Rush 52972 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bay Grasses Making Come Back Earth Day: Environmental Progress on Delmarva http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/earth-day-environmental-progress-delmarva <p>With the nation marking Earth Day, Alan&nbsp; Girard, Eastern Shore director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says much progress has been made in cleaning up the bay and dealing with population growth on Delmarva.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:59:41 +0000 Don Rush 52970 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Earth Day: Environmental Progress on Delmarva Chesapeake Bay Restoration Pits Agriculture Against the VA State Attorney General http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chesapeake-bay-restoration-pits-agriculture-against-va-state-attorney-general <p>HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia is defending the federal and state plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday the state has filed a friend-of-the court brief in support of pollution limits to restore the bay after decades of neglect. The filing is with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.</p><p>Farm industry groups are appealing a federal judge's decision last September to uphold the federal pollution limits.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:20:36 +0000 Don Rush 52332 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chesapeake Bay Restoration Pits Agriculture Against the VA State Attorney General Wicomico Joins Effort to Modify EPA Chesapeake Cleanup Plan http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-joins-effort-modify-epa-chesapeake-cleanup-plan <p>The Wicomico County Council has joined The Clean Chesapeake Coalition and has paid $25-thousand to become a member along with other counties such as Dorchester, Kent and Caroline.</p><p>The coalition was formed a little more than a year ago after the state developed a Watershed Implementation Plan that is enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>The standards for the plans would limit the amount of nutrients and sediment that runs into the Chesapeake Bay.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:17:15 +0000 Don Rush 49812 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wicomico Joins Effort to Modify EPA Chesapeake Cleanup Plan MD Tour to Reduce Stormwater Runoff http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-tour-reduce-stormwater-runoff <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland environmental official is starting a tour around the state to talk about efforts to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.</p><p>Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers is scheduled to begin the tour on Wednesday at an urban farm in Baltimore.</p><p>The tour will highlight stormwater remediation efforts of government, communities and citizens.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:59:21 +0000 Don Rush 44999 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Tour to Reduce Stormwater Runoff Maryland Sued Over Menhaden Quota Reductions http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-sued-over-menhaden-quota-reductions <p>Watermen and farmers have filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to over turn new regulations that reduce the Menhaden quota.</p><p>Captain Robert Newberry, a spokesman for the group, told WBOC that he believes the Chesapeake Bay should not be regulated like the Atlantic Ocean.</p><p>The cut in the quota is the result of the state seeking federal grant money.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Maryland Attorney General issued a statement last yesterday saying that the new rules are lawful.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:06:52 +0000 Don Rush 43340 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Sued Over Menhaden Quota Reductions Farm Groups Pledge to Appeal EPA Ruling http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/farm-groups-pledge-appeal-epa-ruling <p>HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Farm groups are appealing a judge&#39;s decision to uphold U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pollution limits that are designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association said Tuesday that they are appealing the Sept. 13 decision.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:47:55 +0000 Don Rush 42628 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Farm Groups Pledge to Appeal EPA Ruling State Grants for Sewage Treatment in Salisbury And Fruitland http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/state-grants-sewage-treatment-salisbury-and-fruitland <p>The Maryland Board of Public Works has authorized $1.2 million for wastewater treatment plant upgrades for the towns of Salisbury and Fruitland.</p><p>The funding is part of the 2000 Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed by five states including Maryland to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries such as the Wicomico River.</p><p>Salisbury got $1 million for designing improvements to fix an earlier upgrade that did not meet pollution control standards.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:31:22 +0000 Don Rush 38553 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net State Grants for Sewage Treatment in Salisbury And Fruitland International Conservation Conference, Cleaning Up the Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/international-conservation-conference-cleaning-bay <p>More than 1,500 scientists gathered this week in Baltimore for the 26 th annual the International Congress for Conservation Biology. Event organizers Autumn-Lynn Harrison, scientist and research associate at Clemson University talks about efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:49:19 +0000 Don Rush 38294 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net International Conservation Conference, Cleaning Up the Bay New Agreement in October to Clean Up Chesapeake Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-agreement-october-clean-chesapeake-bay <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working to have a new cleanup agreement ready by October.</p><p>The Capital reports a new agreement is in the works with clearer goals and greater flexibility and transparency.</p><p>It would be the fourth Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in 30 years intended to spur improvements. The last agreement was signed in 2000.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:59:32 +0000 Don Rush 37711 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Agreement in October to Clean Up Chesapeake Bay Andy Harris: On Congress and the Supreme Court http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/andy-harris-congress-and-supreme-court <p>The end of June saw big votes on Capitol Hill and big decisions by the United States Supreme&nbsp; Court. Delmarva Public Radio's Don&nbsp; Rush caught up with Eastern Shore Congressman Andy Harris (R-First District)&nbsp; on his reaction to these events.</p><p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:10:57 +0000 Don Rush 37070 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Andy Harris: On Congress and the Supreme Court Crisfield Man Pleads Guilty to Polluting Bay With Abandoned Boat http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/crisfield-man-pleads-guilty-polluting-bay-abandoned-boat <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A Crisfield man has been convicted of polluting state waters by abandoning a dilapidated and sinking boat in a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>State prosecutors say 56-year-old Gregory Sterling pleaded guilty to the charge in Somerset County District Court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:09:16 +0000 Don Rush 36406 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Crisfield Man Pleads Guilty to Polluting Bay With Abandoned Boat Virginia Revamps Oyster Tax http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-revamps-oyster-tax <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is shedding its late 19th century oyster tax for an annual user fee.</p><p>The new system will spare watermen mounds of paperwork and return the proceeds of the user fee back to the Chesapeake Bay to replenish public oyster stocks. The new system begins July 1.</p><p>It will replace a system that required monthly reports and taxes on each bushel of oysters. The user fees apply to commercial oyster operations, not for individuals who grow oysters off their docks for their own eating enjoyment.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:15:59 +0000 Don Rush 35374 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Revamps Oyster Tax Cost Effectiveness of Bay Cleanup Be Assessed by OMB http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cost-effectiveness-bay-cleanup-be-assessed-omb <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Sen. Mark R. Warner says he's introduced legislation that would better track the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>The Virginia Democrat says the legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget to compare costs and the performance of restoration activities by various federal agencies involved in the massive environmental endeavor.</p><p>The multi-year effort to clean up the bay involves at least 10 federal agencies, Virginia, West Virginia, four other states, the District of Columbia and more than 1,000 local governments.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 16:19:28 +0000 Don Rush 34614 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Cost Effectiveness of Bay Cleanup Be Assessed by OMB Pollution from Poultry Manure Overestimated http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pollution-poultry-manure-overestimated <p>NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A University of Delaware-led study has found that decades-old federal standards overestimate current poultry industry contributions to water pollution.</p><p>The<a href="http://delonline.us/100IFow"> News Journal of Wilmington</a> reports that researchers found that nitrogen levels in poultry house manure are 55 percent lower than the Environmental Protection Agency's standards. Efforts to eliminate waterway dead zones and algal blooms nationwide have focused on pollution from manure.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 16:05:32 +0000 Don Rush 34207 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pollution from Poultry Manure Overestimated Chesapeake Bay Makes Headway in Cutting Pollution http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chesapeake-bay-makes-headway-cutting-pollution <p></p><p>BALTIMORE (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Program says states in the bay watershed are about one quarter to one third of the way toward meeting goals for cutting the bay's three main pollutants by 2025.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 13:50:09 +0000 Don Rush 33401 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chesapeake Bay Makes Headway in Cutting Pollution Maryland Seeking Proposals to Restore Streams http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-seeking-proposals-restore-streams <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State officials say they are seeking proposals for Maryland's Stream Restoration Challenge.</p><p>The program started last summer seeks to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers by 2015. The buffers help keep stormwater runoff and sediment from entering waterways and eventually the Chesapeake Bay, where they can cause oxygen-robbing algae blooms and harm plant life and other bay species.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:07:43 +0000 Don Rush 32926 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Seeking Proposals to Restore Streams Bay Grasses Take a Hit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bay-grasses-take-hit <p></p><p>BALTIMORE (AP) - An annual aerial survey of Chesapeake Bay grasses has found they continued to decline last year, and researchers are again blaming a pair of 2011 storms.</p><p>Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee dumped mud and debris into the bay, and surveyors said Thursday that is the mostly likely cause for the 24 percent drop. A more than 20 percent decline the previous year was blamed on the same storms and summer heat.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:35:46 +0000 Don Rush 32697 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bay Grasses Take a Hit MD Legislature Wraps Up Session Today http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-legislature-wraps-session-today <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Medical marijuana and a measure addressing legal responsibilities related to dog bites are some of the remaining issues before Maryland lawmakers on the last day of the legislative session.</p><p>The session is scheduled to end at midnight Monday. Most major bills have already been passed, including: one relating to gun control; a gas tax increase; a Baltimore schools funding plan; and a repeal of the death penalty.</p><p>The medical marijuana bill will put Maryland on track to have a program at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:10:16 +0000 Don Rush 32080 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Legislature Wraps Up Session Today Cost-Effective Ways to Cut Stormwater Pollution into Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cost-effective-ways-cut-stormwater-pollution-bay <p></p><p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report says there are cost-effective ways for local governments to reduce stormwater pollution going into the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>The report says local governments could possibly reduce their costs by 50 percent to 85 percent by choosing the most-effective measures. These measures include restoring urban streams instead of building detention ponds and repairing sewer lines.</p><p>The Maryland-based nonprofit Center for Watershed Protection conducted the study for the Richmond-based James River Association.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:07:28 +0000 Don Rush 31530 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Cost-Effective Ways to Cut Stormwater Pollution into Bay