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Flurry of bills take aim at plastics that persist in local waters

Bay Journal News - March 26, 2015 - 10:56pm
Beads, bags, balloons and polystyrene — each made of plastic and each the subject of recent legislation in Chesapeake Bay states — could become less common in local waters if the number of bills banning or attaching fees to them continues to grow and gain favor in the legislatures.…
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Potomac Conservancy crowd-funding to save WV landscape

Bay Journal News - March 25, 2015 - 11:56pm
Save White Horse Mountain: Indiegogo Campaign Film from Potomac Conservancy on Vimeo. The Potomac Conservancy is entering into uncharted territory. The nonprofit focused on the Potomac watershed has never purchased land before — and certainly not $3 million worth of land in West…
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VA legislature keeps conservation funding mostly intact

Bay Journal News - March 25, 2015 - 11:07pm
Chesapeake Bay issues generally fared well during the 2015 Virginia General Assembly, whose short, six-week session adjourned on time for the first time in 15 years. The legislature passed bills to protect water quality; address impacts of climate change; promote clean and alternative energies;…
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Shenandoah salamander, a rare find, becoming even more scarce

Bay Journal News - March 24, 2015 - 1:50pm
Springtime in the Northeast usually means plenty of rain and the re-emergence of temporary pools — known as vernal pools — that form as water fills shallow depressions in forests, floodplains and meadows. Vernal pools come to life as frogs, toads and salamanders converge on them to…
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Public comments needed to create best possible management strategies for Bay

Bay Journal News - March 24, 2015 - 1:43pm
On March 16, the Chesapeake Bay Program partners publicly released our collaborative plans for meeting the outcomes and goals under the “next generation” Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed last summer by the governors of the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the mayor of the…
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VA legislature keeps conservation funding mostly intact

Bay Journal News - March 24, 2015 - 1:29pm
Chesapeake Bay issues generally fared well during the 2015 Virginia General Assembly, whose short, six-week session adjourned on time for the first time in 15 years. The legislature passed bills to protect water quality; address impacts of climate change; promote clean and alternative energies;…
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Flurry of bills take aim at plastics that persist in local waters

Bay Journal News - March 24, 2015 - 1:16pm
Beads, bags, balloons and polystyrene — each made of plastic and each the subject of recent legislation in Chesapeake Bay states — could become less common in local waters if the number of bills banning or attaching fees to them continues to grow and gain favor in the legislatures.…
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Reports: PA, VA must add to, strengthen animal agriculture programs

Bay Journal News - March 24, 2015 - 1:02pm
Pennsylvania and Virginia will likely need to beef up regulatory and voluntary programs designed to control runoff from animal farming operations if they are to meet Bay nutrient reduction goals, according to recent reports from the EPA. The reports found the states had a variety of programs…
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Reports: PA, VA must add to, strengthen animal agriculture programs

Bay Journal News - March 24, 2015 - 1:02pm
Pennsylvania and Virginia will likely need to beef up regulatory and voluntary programs designed to control runoff from animal farming operations if they are to meet Bay nutrient reduction goals, according to recent reports from the EPA. The reports found the states had a variety of programs…
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Bay Program releases plans to achieve restoration goals

Bay Journal News - March 23, 2015 - 10:12pm
Bay cleanup partners now have a clear idea of what it will take to meet their goals to improve stream health, increase black duck populations, expand urban tree cover and achieve more than two dozen other Bay restoration objectives. In many cases it will take better, and clearer policies, along…
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Dominion Virginia Power sued over coal ash waste pits

Bay Journal News - March 23, 2015 - 11:25am
The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, filed suit on March 19, 2015, against Dominion Virginia Power for violations of the Clean Water Act due to leaking coal ash pits from the Chesapeake Energy Center in Chesapeake, Virginia.  The suit,…
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Black communities’ struggle for share of restoration funding

Bay Journal News - March 22, 2015 - 10:49pm
Exclusivity defines the Maryland shoreline: large homes with gazebos and private beaches, quaint towns chockablock with designer handbags and chic dresses, restaurants serving $25 crab cake dinners. Less likely to be seen are the tight-knit African-American communities that have endured since…
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Partnership turning McElderry Park into one of city’s garden spots

Bay Journal News - March 20, 2015 - 12:39am
There is no park in McElderry Park. But the East Baltimore neighborhood will soon be one of the greenest urban communities in the region. Over the next year, the National Wildlife Federation will spend $200,000 to turn McElderry Park into a “deep green community,” complete with…
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MD reaches compromise on phosphorus management tool

Bay Journal News - March 18, 2015 - 11:05pm
Maryland lawmakers have hashed out a compromise to reduce phosphorus on its part of the Delmarva Peninsula, a move that could lead other states to do the same and slowly clean up the rivers flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday night, environmentalists and government officials announced…
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MD reaches compromise on phosphorus management tool

Bay Journal News - March 18, 2015 - 11:05pm
Maryland lawmakers have hashed out a compromise to reduce phosphorus on its part of the Delmarva Peninsula, a move that could lead other states to do the same and slowly clean up the rivers flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Wednesday night, environmentalists and government officials announced…
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Manure hour graces Midday on the Bay

Bay Journal News - March 17, 2015 - 4:57pm
This Thursday, Midday on the Bay returns to the airwaves with something I like to call the Manure Hour. We will devote the entire hour to talking about phosphorus, the management tools for it, the way other states are controlling it and… What’s that? I’ve lost you? You mean…
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Poll finds Marylanders confused over ‘rain tax’

Bay Journal News - March 16, 2015 - 2:02pm
Half of all Marylanders polled in a recent survey believe that the required stormwater management fees mean that they will be taxed every time it rains. When told that the so called “rain tax” had nothing to do with taxing the rain and was a charge to curb and treat polluted runoff,…
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Once is not enough — visitors always want to return

Bay Journal News - March 16, 2015 - 1:54pm
In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island stands defiant. Its community remains strong and proud while all the other island towns in Maryland have faded away, their populations fleeing for the mainland. Smith Island clings to a way of life that is centuries old: hard work on the water…
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Once is not enough — visitors always want to return

Bay Journal News - March 16, 2015 - 1:54pm
In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island stands defiant. Its community remains strong and proud while all the other island towns in Maryland have faded away, their populations fleeing for the mainland. Smith Island clings to a way of life that is centuries old: hard work on the water…
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Bicycling in Bay country can be wheely fun, just remember to play it safe!

Bay Journal News - March 16, 2015 - 1:17pm
What better way to take in the landscapes of the Chesapeake watershed than from a bicycle? And not just the sights — the sounds, scents and symphony of nature await those who choose to tour at the bicycle’s more leisurely pace. Plus, bicycling is healthy for the environment as it…
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