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Terrapins view crab pots as playgrounds, not death traps

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2014 - 7:55pm
If it were a reality show, it might have been called “Real Terrapin Behavior in Virginia.” For weeks this spring, biologists filmed and watched the 24/7 exploits of groups of diamondback terrapin turtles that were rotated through one-week stints in an 18-foot water tank. Fortunately,…
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Lawmakers urge Obama administration to act against deceptively labeled crab meat

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2014 - 2:48pm
A bipartisan group of Virginia and Maryland lawmakers is urging the Obama administration to protect the Bay blue crab industry from deceptively labeled seafood. President Obama on June 17 issued a memorandum creating a Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated…
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Figures show continued growth in Virginia oyster production

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2014 - 2:45pm
Preliminary estimates put Virginia’s oyster harvest during the last year at 504,000 bushels, a 25 percent increase over the previous year and the most harvested since the 1987–88 season. Estimates from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission show that harvests on public oyster…
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A cookout for a cause

Bay Journal News - July 25, 2014 - 12:49am
It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re eating a soft-shell crab coated in cornmeal and Old Bay. Or a scoop of fresh lemon ice cream from Prigel Creamery, where the cows roam on the range just outside the Baltimore Beltway. Or fried goat cheese atop a salad of local pears and…
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Despite higher score, Baltimore waterways still get failing grade

Bay Journal News - July 23, 2014 - 1:05am
Baltimore’s harbor and the streams that feed into it again merited a failing grade on their 2013 annual report card, indicating the waters around the metro area suffer from continued loads of nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and garbage. The report card, which is part of the Healthy Harbor…
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Despite higher score, Baltimore waterways still get failing grade

Bay Journal News - July 23, 2014 - 1:05am
Baltimore’s harbor and the streams that feed into it again merited a failing grade on their 2013 annual report card, indicating the waters around the metro area suffer from continued loads of nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and garbage. The report card, which is part of the Healthy Harbor…
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Bay had smallest ‘dead zone’ on record for early July

Bay Journal News - July 22, 2014 - 10:37pm
Hurricane Arthur may have produced a rainy 4th of July for beachgoers, but its winds brought some good news for Chesapeake Bay water quality. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that the oxygen-starved dead zone observed in early July was the smallest for that period seen in…
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Urban Waters grants going to Anacostia, Patapsco watersheds

Bay Journal News - July 22, 2014 - 11:01am
Three projects benefitting the Anacostia Watershed in the District of Columbia and Maryland will benefit from $1.2 million in EPA grants to revitalize urban waterways. A project in Baltimore that benefits the Patapsco Watershed also will benefit from this round of urban-focused grants. In the…
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Dog Days

Bay Journal News - July 21, 2014 - 1:38am
Ever heard the phrase, “the dog days” of summer and wondered what it meant? In the time of the ancient Greek and Romans, dog days referred to the time of the year when the star Sirius (or Dog Star) — the brightest star in the night sky and part of the Canis Major (or Large Dog)…
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Bay Journal News - July 21, 2014 - 1:23am
Once called the Chesapeake Bay ducking dog, today’s Chesapeake Bay retriever has expanded its reputation and is noted for its intelligence and skills in field trials, hunt tests, conformation, obedience, agility and tracking, as well as being a protective family pet. How much do you know…
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Setting the Record Straight on Waters of the US

Bay Journal News - July 21, 2014 - 12:45am
There’s been some confusion about EPA’s proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule under the Clean Water Act, especially in the agriculture community, and we want to make sure you know the facts. We know that we haven’t had the best relationship with the agriculture…
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Map: Chesapeake Bay manure use vs. the rest of the country

Bay Journal News - July 21, 2014 - 12:42am
Compared to the rest of the nation, the Chesapeake Bay region is a heavy user of manure as fertilizer. That’s largely because of the Delmarva Peninsula’s large chicken industry, and because animal agriculture is a staple of both Pennsylvania and Virginia. Because of the mix of animal…
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Map: Chesapeake Bay chicken legacy intact

Bay Journal News - July 21, 2014 - 12:39am
This map shows that a key part of the Chesapeake Bay’s agricultural legacy remains intact: chicken broilers on the Delmarva Peninsula. The map shows one dot for every 2 million broiler chickens in the country left the middle and western parts of the country almost entirely blank and showed…
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Census: Farmland growing in Bay states

Bay Journal News - July 20, 2014 - 9:08pm
After decades of decline, one resource in the Bay watershed is making a comeback — farmland. Figures from the most recent agricultural census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the Bay watershed gained about 125,000 acres of agricultural land between 2007 and 2012,…
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Census: Farmland growing in Bay states

Bay Journal News - July 20, 2014 - 9:08pm
After decades of decline, one resource in the Bay watershed is making a comeback — farmland. Figures from the most recent agricultural census from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the Bay watershed gained about 125,000 acres of agricultural land between 2007 and 2012,…
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DC’s hatchery seeks to restore shad to Anacostia

Bay Journal News - July 17, 2014 - 8:02pm
On a warm afternoon in early May, a group of biologists from the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment could be seen leaning over the side of a boat, tipping the contents of a clear bag into the Anacostia River. The bag was filled with tiny shad larvae, freshly spawned and…
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DC’s hatchery seeks to restore shad to Anacostia

Bay Journal News - July 17, 2014 - 8:02pm
On a warm afternoon in early May, a group of biologists from the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment could be seen leaning over the side of a boat, tipping the contents of a clear bag into the Anacostia River. The bag was filled with tiny shad larvae, freshly spawned and…
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The Chesapeake Bay’s pollution diet, and my own

Bay Journal News - July 16, 2014 - 4:29pm
Tomorrow’s Midday on the Bay show is going to be a little bit different. I’m going to be getting personal with the thousands of people who listen every month. I’ll be talking about how I lost 40 pounds. Twice. What does that have to do with the Chesapeake Bay? For decades, we…
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Halfway house for hikers

Bay Journal News - July 15, 2014 - 10:12pm
The Appalachian Trail was conceived in the 1920s as a getaway that would allow East Coast city dwellers to flee to the trail, and trailside communities, to recover from their stressed lives. Nearly a century later, it appears that’s needed more than ever. Between 2 million to 3 million…
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War of 1812’s ghost battlefields

Bay Journal News - July 15, 2014 - 9:43pm
Everyone lives on the landscape, in one form or another. Some pause long enough to look at it; a few spend their lives looking deeply through its surface to see what others miss. Ed Seufert is in the last category. I met Ed during my latest wanderings on the Star-Spangled Banner National…
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