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12:07 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Cost-Effective Ways to Cut Stormwater Pollution into Bay

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report says there are cost-effective ways for local governments to reduce stormwater pollution going into the Chesapeake Bay.

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.

The Maryland-based nonprofit Center for Watershed Protection conducted the study for the Richmond-based James River Association.

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11:40 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Agriculture Bill Divides Environmentalists in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland senate committee has approved an agriculture certainty bill that has split support from environmental groups.

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 7-4 to pass the bill Wednesday.

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News
8:54 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Salisbury University to Test GreatGrow Seeds

Dr. Sam Geleta, Department of Biological Sciences, Salisbury University
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GreatGrow Maryland is teaming up with Salisbury University to test whether its soil additive can increase crop yields while reducing nutrients that pollute the Chesapeake Bay.

It has taken ten years to fine tune the ingredients and the company only has been able to supply limited quantities to growers.

The company says its mixture of microbes and other naturally occurring materials can boost yields by as much as 50 percent.

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News
9:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Grant Money to Improve Streams

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Stream Restoration Challenge says it has $6 million in grant money available for organizations seeking to improve the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland state officials say they are accepting applications from local governments, school systems and non-governmental organizations. The grants are for projects to improve water quality, promote environmental literacy and create service learning opportunities for students.

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News
9:06 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Restoring Oysters in Bay Tributaries

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal plan to restore the native oyster to the Chesapeake Bay identifies 24 tributaries in Virginia and Maryland that provide the best potential to bring back a coveted hard-shell that has declined to less than 1 percent of historic highs.

The plan was prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the federally directed effort to restore the environmentally battered estuary, the nation's largest. It concludes that 14 tributaries in Maryland and 10 in Virginia offer the best hope of restoring the bay oyster.

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News
9:28 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Waterkeepers Alliance Won't Appeal Ruling in Hudson Case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A New York-based environmental group that sued Perdue Farms and an Eastern Shore contract grower says it won't appeal a federal judge's ruling in a poultry pollution case.


The Waterkeeper Alliance announced in a statement on Wednesday that while the group believes it presented compelling evidence, it won't appeal U.S. District Jud


ge William Nickerson's ruling, because of the high burden of proof appellate courts impose for reversing a district court's findings.

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News
9:10 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Volunteers Sought for Bay Education Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is seeking volunteers to teach children about the Chesapeake Bay and other state waterways.


The volunteers will be part of the Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland program. More than 1,200 classroom presentations have been given since the program was started in 1998. Students are told about the bay's six-state watershed, oysters, oyster reefs, horseshoe crabs and Chesapeake watermen.

News
8:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Zebra Mussel Warning From MD Officials

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Natural Resources officials are asking boaters to help stop the spread of invasive zebra mussels.


The DNR says department biologists found young zebra mussels on anchor blocks for buoys near Havre de Grace last month. And they say boaters, anglers and others who use the lower Susquehanna River and upper Chesapeake Bay can help stop the spread.

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News
9:16 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Somerset County Concerned About Bay Clean Up Plan

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Somerset County Commissioners say they will look at whether they want to join a coalition to challenge Maryland’s $14.4 billion plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.


Chip MacLeod is an attorney with Funk and Bolton hired by Dorchester County to get other counties to become part of the TMDL Coalition to fight the plan.


He presented their case claiming that many of the bay’s problems result from sediment and spills from the reservoirs behind the Conowingo Dam.


Counties have expressed concerned over the price tag of the plan.

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News
8:38 am
Fri August 24, 2012

$22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal officials plan to announce $22.7 million in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.


Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says the 41 projects will reduce runoff of sediment as well as sewage, fertilizer and other pollution that feeds harmful algae blooms in the bay. The projects are located across the bay's six-state watershed, which runs from Virginia to New York and also includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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News
2:39 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Nutrient Credit Trading in Chesapake Watershed Questioned

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The impact on poor communities of cutting Chesapeake Bay pollution through credit trading is being questioned.   

The nonprofit Center for Progressive Reform said Wednesday that a new report finds that even if trading cuts overall pollution, it might still have a negative impact on low-income and minority communities.

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News
12:24 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

The Dead Zone in Chesapeake Bay Is Down

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The size of the Chesapeake Bay's low oxygen "dead zone" is down and dry weather is getting the credit.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says testing last week found nearly 12 percent of the bay had poor oxygen levels, nearly half of the long-term average for this time of year. The dead zone dropped from about 30 percent of the bay in July, which typically is when the zone peaks each year.

News
9:12 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Red Algae Blooms Threaten Chesapeake Bay

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) - Researchers in Virginia are keeping an eye on red algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay.

The blooms suck oxygen from the water. That makes it difficult for marine life to survive. They are driven by warm water and excessive nutrients, and typically occur in the lower Chesapeake Bay in July or August.

Kim Reece with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science tells WAVY-TV that this summer's blooms are the worst in years.

News
9:03 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Worcester County Says State Environmental Requirements Too Costly

Worcester county officials say the state’s environmental plans to reduce water pollution are just too costly and could require more staffing than the County can provide.

State of Maryland wants more than 570 acres of impervious surfaces like streets or parking to be removed while installing hundreds of acres of filtering strips and forest buffers.

In addition, it would require upgrading nearly 2-thousand septic tanks.

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News
8:36 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Dead Zones in Chesapeake Bay Down

The Chesapeake Bay has seen a good year so far when it comes to – what are called – dead zones.

Because of the mild winter, a dry spring and a hot summer not much rain has been around…to move pollution from farms and city streets into water ways.

As a result the dead zones that usually show up this time of summer…are much smaller.

The nutrient pollution feeds algae blooms that eventually eat up the oxygen in the water.

News
8:59 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Making Progress in Chesapeake Bay Restoration

The restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is on schedule.

That’s the conclusion of federal and state officials as well as environmentalists during a meeting in Virginia of representatives from the Bay States and District of Columbia as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

The assessment is based on a two-year review of the goals in “a pollution diet” for the bay aimed at cutting the flow of farm and urban runoff and water polluted by sewage and storm overflows from entering the bay.

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News
12:06 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Dead Zones Down in Chesapeake Bay

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Chesapeake Bay dead zones are down this June from last spring when heavy rains pushed them to levels not seen in decades.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says samples collected in early June show 12 percent of the bay's main stem had low oxygen levels, down from the same period last spring when a third had levels too low for life. The long-term average is 17 percent.

DNR says warmer, drier conditions this winter, compared to the extremely wet spring last year may be the difference.

News
8:34 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Hearings on New Regulations for Striped Bass and Black Drum

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is holding two hearings in Delaware on proposed management plans for Atlantic striped bass and black drum.

The striped bass hearing will be held Thursday night, followed by the black drum hearing next Tuesday.

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News
8:11 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Nutrient Trading System Could Save Billions in Chesapeake Bay Clean Up Costs

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The costs of restoring the Chesapeake Bay could be cut as much as 80 percent through trading of pollution credits, according to a new study.

The study was presented Thursday in Washington to the Chesapeake Bay Commission, which advises state legislators in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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News
12:18 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Blue Crab Population is Up in the Chesapeake Bay

 

     The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is at its highest level in nearly two decades.

     That’s accord to a wintertime survey which found 764 million blue crabs in the bay --  nearly 66 percent more than last year and the best estimate since 1993.

     And juvenile crabs are at the highest level ever, at 587 million.

     This is the second year in a row for major growth in the blue crab population.

News
8:45 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Gets a D+ on its Environmental Report Card

 

  

      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.

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News
8:31 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Questions Arise Over Modeling Used For EPA's Chesapeake Bay Clean Up Plan

 

     STAUNTON, Va. (AP) - Modeling used by the Environmental Protection Agency to craft the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay has been a point of contention.

     A new study is raising that issue anew, this time when it comes to forested areas.

     The News Leaderof Staunton reports thestudy by the United States Geological Survey concludes thatforested areas account for 2 percent of sediment entering waterwaysin the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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News
8:56 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Mixed Bag for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Under President's Budget Plan

 

            The President’s fiscal 2013 budget unveiled this week would increase spending on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

            Under the spending plan the Environmental Protection Agency would see a $15 million increase in funding to assist watershed states in carrying out their plans to cut nutrients and sediments from farms, urban runoff and wastewater by 2025.

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News
8:47 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Oysters Population Up in Chesapeake Bay

 

        ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

says oysters are surviving at the highest rate since 1985.

     The department says results of its fall oyster survey show 92

percent of oysters were found alive in samples taken baywide. The

two-month survey sampled 263 oyster bars throughout the bay.

     While heavy rains last year caused high mortality in some areas,

the department says lower salt levels throughout the bay helped cut

diseases that have devastated oyster populations. DNR says the high

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Delmarva Today
3:08 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Delmarva Today 10-14-2011 Watershed Implementation Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered that the Chesapeake Bay go on what's called a "pollution diet".  

 

Maryland counties have been charged with developing a Water Implementation Plan . They have until November 18th to submit a draft of their plans to the Maryland Dept. of the Environment.

 

Meanwhile, the EPA's plans have also drawn opposition with a lawsuit filled by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

 

Guests:

Alan Girard- Senior Land Use Policy Manager at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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