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Solar Power is getting a grassroots look. The Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods is in Wicomico County to pitch the idea of homeowners forming a cooperative to ge access to discounts and grants for installation. It will holding a meeting Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce in Salisbury.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with environmental activist Mike Pretl who has been organizing for Maryland SUN.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia health officials say that students at the school are seeking out psychological help in record numbers.

Executive Director of Student Health Dr. Chris Holstege tells The Daily Progress that the number of U.Va. students seeking appointments at the university's office of Counseling and Psychological Services, rose 25 percent in the past year.

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The latest environmental report has given the bay a grade of C for the second straight year.

The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science found that the rivers around agricultural areas lost ground last year.

The Choptank River received a C-minus while the upper shore rivers such as the Sassafras Chester and Miles got D’s.

That’s down from the previous year.

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.

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland is seeking volunteers for a coast-to-coast study of trees and climate change.

The university's Center for Environmental Science said Wednesday that the volunteers will monitor seasonal changes in poplar and aspen trees across the northern United States.

The National Science Foundation has given the center's Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg a $1.5 million grant to study climate adaptation in forest trees.



      BALTIMORE (AP) - Heavy rains and a hot summer damged the Chesapeake Bay's environmental record last year.

     The University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science gave the bay a D+ on Tuesday in its latest report card on the state of the bay.

     The grade is the second lowest since assessments began in 1986. The worst year for bay health was 2003.

     The center says heavy spring and fall rains washed pollutions and sediments in to the bay, and a hot dry summer spurred algae blooms that lower oxygen levels.