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Foodways & Waterways at the Smithsonian

Bay Journal News - August 22, 2014 - 2:12am
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in September will host its second series on the history and culture of food — and I highly recommend you attend. This year’s Food in the Garden series kicks off September 4 and takes place over four Thursday evenings at the museum.…
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Chefs hope to get area hooked on local fish, sustainability

Bay Journal News - August 22, 2014 - 1:50am
After 15 years of restaurant ownership in the District of Columbia area, all the while harboring a particular passion for seafood, chef Robert Wiedmaier decided the best way to get onto the water more often was to buy a boat (or two) and a historic estate along the Chesapeake Bay. “This is…
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Virginia announces new Oyster Trail — wine included

Bay Journal News - August 20, 2014 - 1:22pm
If Virginia wasn’t already synonymous with the oyster that bears its name, state officials hope it will be soon. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week the creation of a Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism initiative that aims to connect travelers in the state to its fast growing…
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Successful sign-ups for stream fencing leave Virginia looking for funds

Bay Journal News - August 18, 2014 - 12:25am
The focus among conservationists in Virginia is shifting from getting the word out about the full funding that’s available for two years to fence livestock out of streams to ensuring that money is availabe to follow through on the promise. Jack Frye, Virginia director of the Chesapeake Bay…
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Successful sign-ups for stream fencing leave Virginia looking for funds

Bay Journal News - August 18, 2014 - 12:25am
The focus among conservationists in Virginia is shifting from getting the word out about the full funding that’s available for two years to fence livestock out of streams to ensuring that money is availabe to follow through on the promise. Jack Frye, Virginia director of the Chesapeake Bay…
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Virginia’s Caledon State Park opens canoe-in campground on the Potomac River

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2014 - 10:45pm
Virginia’s Caledon State Park, 23 miles east of Fredericksburg on the Potomac River has added six campsites that will be open to recreational paddlers following a dedication ceremony 9 a.m. Friday. The campsites will add critical public access to the river, and will be another resource for…
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Virginia agencies agree to share oversight of natural gas development in coastal plain

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2014 - 3:54pm
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced that two agencies – each under a different cabinet secretary – have signed a memorandum of agreement to ensure a coordinated review of applications for permits to drill for natural gas and oil in Virginia’s coastal plain. The…
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Shark Week provides opportunity to rethink past experiences with sharks

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2014 - 1:36pm
National Shark Week just concluded — an annual week-long shark programming bonanza initiated by Discovery Channel in 1989 and still going strong. Though much of the footage is sensational, with dramatic narration and spine-tingling musical background, some segments highlight important…
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VA natural resource professionals ponder increasing minority participation in natural resource field

Bay Journal News - August 13, 2014 - 1:48pm
In the middle of last night, my husband woke me so that I could hear the sounds of screech owl in the woods behind our house. The owl’s trilling call was answered, I thought, by another – farther away. It was worth waking up for. After 17 years in another home in Charlottesville,…
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2014 shad run varied widely across the region

Bay Journal News - August 12, 2014 - 11:27pm
American shad showed up in Virginia tributaries in their strongest numbers in years this spring, but their struggles on the Susquehanna River continued as biologists reported the lowest-ever shad count at the Conowingo Dam. In between, biologists on the Potomac and Nanticoke rivers reported…
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2014 shad run varied widely across the region

Bay Journal News - August 12, 2014 - 11:27pm
American shad showed up in Virginia tributaries in their strongest numbers in years this spring, but their struggles on the Susquehanna River continued as biologists reported the lowest-ever shad count at the Conowingo Dam. In between, biologists on the Potomac and Nanticoke rivers reported…
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Algae problems in the Shenandoah River may bring suit by Riverkeeper

Bay Journal News - August 11, 2014 - 2:10pm
The Shenandoah Riverkeeper has filed notice of intent  to sue the EPA for failure to address problems caused by algae in the Shenandoah River. The Riverkeeper's letter came at the same time as news reports about Toledo, Ohio having to shut off its water system due to pollution from an…
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Balloons are no cause for celebration if you are a marine animal

Bay Journal News - August 11, 2014 - 1:35am
Christina Trapani pulled a metallic-coated balloon, ribbon still attached, from the sandy beach on Fisherman’s Island — one of 22 that eventually were recovered from a quarter-mile of beach she and her team survey for Virginia’s marine debris program. Trapani, from the Virginia…
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Balloons are no cause for celebration if you are a marine animal

Bay Journal News - August 11, 2014 - 1:35am
Christina Trapani pulled a metallic-coated balloon, ribbon still attached, from the sandy beach on Fisherman’s Island — one of 22 that eventually were recovered from a quarter-mile of beach she and her team survey for Virginia’s marine debris program. Trapani, from the Virginia…
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D.C. simplifies stormwater fee discount for green infrastructure

Bay Journal News - August 8, 2014 - 5:44pm
The District Department of the Environment is working to simplify its process for providing discounts on stormwater fees to smaller property owners who are implementing green infrastructure. Projects that manage less than 2,000 square feet of impervious area with green infrastructure to help…
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VA’s marine debris program strives to change trashy behavior

Bay Journal News - August 7, 2014 - 1:25am
At low tide on Fisherman’s Island, ghost crabs scurried in and out of holes on a beach still wet from the receding tide, their travels periodically interrupted by a small group of people walking slowly and peering intently at the sand. The people were a team of marine debris surveyors…
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Community responds quickly to Anacostia fish kill

Bay Journal News - August 5, 2014 - 1:23am
Jorge Bogantes was one of the first officials to come across the sight while on a bike ride near his home in Hyattsville, MD, over Memorial Day weekend — hundreds of fish floating belly-up in a pool of water near the Northeast branch of the Anacostia River. After a week of heavy rains,…
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Community responds quickly to Anacostia fish kill

Bay Journal News - August 5, 2014 - 1:23am
Jorge Bogantes was one of the first officials to come across the sight while on a bike ride near his home in Hyattsville, MD, over Memorial Day weekend — hundreds of fish floating belly-up in a pool of water near the Northeast branch of the Anacostia River. After a week of heavy rains,…
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Pennsylvania fish agency calls for stepped up efforts to control agricultural phosphorus runoff

Bay Journal News - August 4, 2014 - 12:51am
The head of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission last week called for the EPA to crack down on phosphorus, particularly from agriculture, which is producing algae blooms that he said are harming fish populations in the the Susquehanna River. In a July 28 letter to EPA Regional Administrator…
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Too much algae means no water — or coffee — in Toledo

Bay Journal News - August 4, 2014 - 12:44am
After a visit to Michigan last week, I stopped in a convenience store outside Toledo Sunday morning to purchase a cup of coffee for the drive home. But a sign on the coffee counter warned: “Due to water issues, no coffee will be sold until water advisory is lifted.” It turns out…
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