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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - A nonprofit advocacy group says efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are paying off.

The Baltimore Sun reports that fewer water samples are showing the presence of so-called "dead zones" in the bay that can't support aquatic life.

Scientists recently reported that 13 percent of the bay's waters on average showed dangerously low levels of oxygen. In 1985, the average was nearly 19 percent.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation credits the decline in dead zones to federal regulations that limit the amount of pollution that can flow into the bay.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - About 600 concrete balls will be placed into the Lafayette River this summer to help restore the oyster population.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said in statement that it used a crane last week to lower 100 of the balls into the water in Norfolk.

The Lafayette is a tributary of the Elizabeth River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The nearly 5-acre (2-hectare) reef is being constructed at the mouth of the Lafayette.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Oyster restoration efforts are almost complete on one river in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. But officials warn that federal funding could be cut before the work is all done.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said in a press release that environmental groups and two congressmen will meet Friday to highlight progress along the Lafayette River in Norfolk. They also plan to talk about the need for funding to complete the job.

The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating Chesapeake Bay cleanup dollars.

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TANGIER, Va. (AP) - An unusual crab has been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay.

The blue crab has two oysters growing on either side of her head near her eyes. The crab is estimated to be about 2 years old and was found in a crab pot that belonged to the mayor of Tangier Island. The oysters are about six months old.

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A proposed budget by the Trump administration would slash funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration by 93 percent. But environmentalists a confident that the proposal by the Office of Management and Budget will not stand. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Kim Coble, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, about the the push back against such a spending cut. 

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Plans by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources would give watermen more room to harvest oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the agency has plans to reduce the sanctuary acreage by 11 percent or around 1-thousand acres.

For the Lower Shore around 100 acres would be opened up in the Tangier Sound while the 17-thousand sanctuary acres on the Nanticoke River would be expanded by over 800 acres.

The paper reports that the Manokin and Nanticoke rivers could be two of eight potential sites for oyster reef restoration.   

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new report finds water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay is the best it's been in decades, and native rockfish, oyster and blue crab populations are rebounding as the overall health of the nation's largest estuary improves.
 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's biennial State of the Bay report gave the estuary a C-minus grade, an improvement from a D-plus two years ago. It's the highest score since the first report in 1998.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Maryland's governor plans to honor a waterman for rescuing 23 people, including a group of schoolchildren on a field trip, from a boat that sank in the Chesapeake Bay.
    
Matthew A. Clark, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan, said Thursday the governor plans to honor the "life-saving" actions of Jeremy Shockley of Toddville with a citation.
    

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Over 200 watermen crammed into the committee room in Annapolis yesterday.

They were there to oppose legislation that would have the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science lay out biological guidelines for harvesting oysters.

Waterman Jordan Coffman told WBOC that the turnout clearly demonstrated strong opposition to the measure.

Doug Myers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation told the television station that the study would reveal the specific impact of harvesting on the oyster population.

He adds the information is not available now.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Organizers of the annual "Clean the Bay Day" are seeking Virginia volunteers to tidy up the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay.

The annual event is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This year's edition is scheduled for June 4.

Thousands of volunteers are needed to pick up litter and debris along the shore of the bay, as well as the many rivers and streams within the estuary. Volunteers can work from shore or on the water in a boat.

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