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Arboretum offers triple treat for those willing to brave the cold

Bay Journal News - January 27, 2015 - 4:28pm
Yes, it’s cold outside, and the signs are clear — wildlife moves south and people move indoors. But Julianna Pax keeps heading for the woods. Pax has been leading hikes at Adkins Arboretum near Ridgely, Md., since 2005. Cold air and snowflakes won’t slow her down. To Pax, a…
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Washington reporters outline environmental stories they expect

Bay Journal News - January 27, 2015 - 4:12pm
On Friday, the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program hosted a panel titled The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy at the Center’s Washington, D.C., headquarters., The panel featured some of D.C.’s top…
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May an unforgettable book like this never have to be written again

Bay Journal News - January 26, 2015 - 2:58pm
“Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation” By Dan Fagin Bantam Books, New York. 2013. Every few years, a science or environmental book comes along that’s so well-written that it not only reaches a broad audience, but nabs nearly every major award on its way to becoming a…
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Lack of clear goal, information hampers effort to control blue catfish

Bay Journal News - January 26, 2015 - 2:32pm
Efforts to rein in the region’s escalating blue catfish population through an expanded fishery and other measures could face numerous obstacles, the greatest of which is a lack of basic information about the voracious predators, a new report says. Nonnative blue and flathead catfish were…
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Tom Horton receives ‘Admiral of the Chesapeake’ award

Bay Journal News - January 25, 2015 - 10:24pm
Bay Journal columnist Tom Horton was among more than a dozen Marylanders recognized as an “Admiral of the Chesapeake” by Gov. Marin O’Malley during his final days in office. Horton has been writing about the Bay since March 1972, spending 33 years as a reporter and columnist…
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Living shorelines rising up to offset effects of higher sea levels

Bay Journal News - January 23, 2015 - 12:09am
Most of the shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay’s tidal reaches is composed of highly erodible soils — and it’s also mostly privately owned. The question of what to do about the effects of sea level rise hits many waterfront property owners right in their own backyards as…
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Living shorelines rising up to offset effects of higher sea levels

Bay Journal News - January 23, 2015 - 12:09am
Most of the shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay’s tidal reaches is composed of highly erodible soils — and it’s also mostly privately owned. The question of what to do about the effects of sea level rise hits many waterfront property owners right in their own backyards as…
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From black liquor to phosphorus to transparency, issues confront Assembly

Bay Journal News - January 23, 2015 - 12:06am
The Maryland General Assembly is seated. Maryland Lawmakers returned to Annapolis last week to meet as the General Assembly, with a full agenda and some different faces. Perhaps the most noticeable one will be Larry Hogan, the state’s new governor, and only the third Republican in the last…
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Newly minted Maryland governor pulls stronger phosphorus regs at last moment

Bay Journal News - January 22, 2015 - 1:04am
Hours after being sworn in as Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan reportedly made good on one of his most contentious campaign promises: to repeal the phosphorus management tool, a new regulation that would limit the amount of chicken manure that farmers could spread on their fields. The…
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Chesapeake Bay projects to get $19 million federal funding boost

Bay Journal News - January 21, 2015 - 1:48pm
Bay-focused organizations made a flurry of announcements last week as they learned how much federal funding is headed to the region — $19 million in total — from a new Farm Bill program for conservation projects that are key to meeting their states’ cleanup goals. None of the…
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Chesapeake Bay projects to get $19 million federal funding boost

Bay Journal News - January 21, 2015 - 1:48pm
Bay-focused organizations made a flurry of announcements last week as they learned how much federal funding is headed to the region — $19 million in total — from a new Farm Bill program for conservation projects that are key to meeting their states’ cleanup goals. None of the…
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Biodiversity needs human diversity among those who protect it

Bay Journal News - January 20, 2015 - 2:52pm
I read with great interest the Bay Journal’s recent article, “The ‘green ceiling’: Environmental organizations lack diversity” (November 2014). As an African American woman fish and wildlife biologist, there were not many faces that looked like mine as I climbed the…
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Does the land belong to the people, or the people to the land?

Bay Journal News - January 20, 2015 - 2:36pm
“Listening to the Land: Stories from the Cacapon and Lost River Valley” By Jamie S. Ross. Photographs by Tom Cogill. West Virginia University Press, 2013. “Not for sale.” These strong, simple words resonate throughout a gentle, funny and provoking book that documents…
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Phosphorus management tool: the right thing to do – right now

Bay Journal News - January 20, 2015 - 2:27pm
It isn’t ideology. It isn’t hyperbole. It isn’t an attack on the family farmer or rural Maryland. It is, simply, common sense. Science says we have far too much manure-based phosphorus being applied to land on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. You might call it a manure crisis.…
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Achieving stewardship goal is essential to Chesapeake cleanup

Bay Journal News - January 20, 2015 - 2:14pm
I have written in the past about my personal belief in the power of citizen action. This is a core element of the Alliance mission and brings strength to our many partnerships, and efforts are under way to create a regional strategy that could help to bring greater attention to the value of…
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Prince George’s churches embrace alternatives to stormwater fee

Bay Journal News - January 20, 2015 - 1:58pm
A program that kicked off this fall with a group of officials and church leaders smiling broadly as they plunged symbolic golden shovels into the soil did not begin with such good spirits. It began last winter with a roomful of pastors from churches in Maryland’s Prince George’s…
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Living shorelines rising up to offset effects of higher sea levels

Bay Journal News - January 20, 2015 - 1:22pm
Most of the shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay’s tidal reaches is composed of highly erodible soils — and it’s also mostly privately owned. The question of what to do about the effects of sea level rise hits many waterfront property owners right in their own backyards as…
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Wolf names leaders for Pennsylvania environmental agencies

Bay Journal News - January 19, 2015 - 11:48pm
Tom Wolf, who will be sworn in as the new Pennsylvania governor on Tuesday, last week named several veterans from previous administrations to head the state’s environmental and agricultural agencies. He also named two former environmental officials as top advisers on his staff. The…
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Every little bit counts: Microplastics plague Chesapeake waters

Bay Journal News - January 19, 2015 - 1:49pm
Julie Lawson, director of the Trash Free Maryland Alliance, has a new weapon in her fight against waterborne plastic pollution. It’s a glass jar filled with brown water from the Chesapeake Bay, and she takes it everywhere she goes. She takes her jar to community events and meetings with…
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Every little bit counts: Microplastics plague Chesapeake waters

Bay Journal News - January 19, 2015 - 1:49pm
Julie Lawson, director of the Trash Free Maryland Alliance, has a new weapon in her fight against waterborne plastic pollution. It’s a glass jar filled with brown water from the Chesapeake Bay, and she takes it everywhere she goes. She takes her jar to community events and meetings with…
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