Eastern Shore

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A deadline is looming for the annual Clean the Bay Day sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The annual shoreline litter cleanup is being held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Wednesday is the final day to volunteer.

The foundation is seeking thousands of volunteers on foot and in boats to help tidy up the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay and its many rivers and streams.

In 2014, more than 6,000 volunteers participated, removing 110,000 pounds of litter and debris along nearly 500 miles of shoreline.

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Today is Earth Day.

It was first celebrated in 1970 and turns 45 years old.

On Delmarva much of the attention of environmentalists has centered around restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

This year began with a new Republican Governor Larry Hogan and some concern by environmentalists about what the future may hold.

Eastern Shore Director Alan Girard with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that he is pleased with the compromises reached with the state's new chief executive.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are targeting phosphorous pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.

A Senate subcommittee heard testimony Tuesday for a bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George's County, that addresses pollution caused by excess fertilizer on Eastern Shore poultry farms.

The bill contains recommendations similar to those proposed by former Gov. Martin O'Malley, which aim to address high levels of phosphorous by requiring farmers to test and monitor their soil nutrient levels and manage excess fertilizer.

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As we whisk our way along the roads of Delmarva trees dot the landscape, popping up here and there and running along the highways that we traverse. For Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill these trees are the symbol of resilience and life.

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WYE MILLS, Md. (AP) - Police say a pregnant woman was behind the wheel of a car that hit a tractor-trailer on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The woman, her unborn child and four other people – all from Accomack County -- were killed in the crash.

State police said Sunday that 30-year-old Zarissa Ayres was driving the car when it hit the tractor-trailer early Saturday morning on Route 50 in Wye Mills.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new report says Chesapeake Bay water quality has improved, but there's been a decline in fisheries.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation released its biennial State of the Bay report Monday. It gave the nation's largest estuary a D-plus grade overall. That's unchanged from 2012.

The report cites improvements in water clarity, oysters and underwater grasses. But declines were seen in scores for blue crabs and rockfish.

CBF President William Baker took special aim at the Eastern Shore where phosphorus levels have actually gone up in some areas.

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It will be the changing of the guard as a much different Eastern Shore Delegation heads to Annapolis this January.

Republican Carl Anderton who ousted 28 year Democratic incumbent Norm Conway in District 38B in the House of Delegates says topping his agenda is the expansion of jobs on the Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, WMDT reports that Republican Mary Beth Carozza who won District 38C says she is interested in pushing tourism and the agriculture industry when she gets to the state’s capital.

Essay: Room to Be

Dec 5, 2014
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In this high information world we live in, there is hardly room to think and breathe. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes we need a place to contemplate and embrace life. For him, that place is the Eastern Shore. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A provision in a defense bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Maryland.

The House approved the measure Thursday. It now heads to the Senate where passage is expected next week.

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says three Eastern Shore counties have failed to file plans with the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up the bay over the next two years.

Those were Caroline, Dorchester and Worcester Counties.

In addition, CBF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition noted that Dorchester had not submitted a milestone progress report.

Meanwhile, the environmental groups said that Wicomico County has secured $700-thousand in county and outside grants…to begin designing and installing clean-up measures.

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On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Hispanic immigrant population has dramatic risen -- sometimes doubling and tripling over the last decade. In part 2 of a 3 part series Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at how these new immigrants are adjusting to their new environment.

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With a state drought warning in effect the Maryland Eastern Shore is just one level below a full blown emergency that would lead to mandatory water restrictions.

Salisbury is 10 inches below normal with the 95 degree temperatures hitting the corn crop hard.

Worcester County Commissioner Virgil Shockley told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believes that half of his country's corn crop is doomed.

The Worcester county farmer says some his corn just hasn’t pollinated because of the heat.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Department of the Environment says a drought warning has been issued for most of the Eastern Shore.

The warning issued Monday covers all of the Eastern Shore except for Cecil County. MDE says during a drought warning local water systems should implement conservation measures and residents and businesses should look to cut non-essential water use. MDE says rainfall has been about 70 percent of normal since the end of January, and it isn't aware of any jurisdictions implementing voluntary or mandatory restrictions.

 

Senator Barbara Mikulski touted the Maryland Broadband Network saying that Wor-Wic Community College will be the first school on the Eastern Shore to go live.

The Maryland Democrat says that as of July the state is expected to have completed 128 miles broad band construction establishing the foundation for wiring the Eastern Shore.

Once the network is in operation the connection will allow Wor-Wic to consolidate Internet services.        

 

     BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Department of the Environment is encouraging residents on most of the Eastern Shore to conserve water because of a lack of rainfall in recent months.

     The department issued a drought watch on Friday for all of the Eastern Shore except for Cecil County. MDE says rainfall in the region for the first three months of the year has been about 60 percent of normal. During a drought watch, the department says it increases monitoring of water supplies as well as encouraging conservation.

 

 

        Governor Martin O'Malley's plan to shift million of dollars in teacher pension fund costs to local counties is drawing strong opposition from Eastern Shore legislators and officials. 

        Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has a look at the opposition and a proposed compromise. 

        Editors Note: Editorial work for Story from Melany Parlaman.

       

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Eastern Shore waterways will get $7.5 million for oyster restoration under Maryland's proposed state budget.

     Harris Creek and the Little Choptank River would receive funding for the placement of oyster shells, limestone, granite or other substrate to create habitat in the waterways, which are home to two of the state's new oyster sanctuaries. The Department of Natural Resources says it believes oysters will survive in the waterways if they have a substrate on which to grow.