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Get the steamer ready!

Bay Journal News - May 4, 2015 - 5:44pm
I got a call yesterday from a friend on Smith Island. He wanted to tell me that crabs are looking good. We already sort of knew that - the winter dredge survey results have come out, as the Bay Journal reported. As you can see from this news story, the news was pretty good. Given that crabs…
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All aboard! Travel down the James’ history

Bay Journal News - May 4, 2015 - 2:26pm
As river trail maps and smartphone apps continue to pop up around the Chesapeake, the river atlases produced by the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society at first glance seem anachronistic. But what makes these atlases special is their devotion to the era when the craft of choice to move…
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Enacting rules for poultry litter has been as easy as pulling hen’s teeth

Bay Journal News - May 4, 2015 - 2:14pm
The Bay just got an important “win,” with Maryland’s agreement to end the spreading of poultry manure across sections of its Eastern Shore. Everyone should be happy about that. Controlling farm runoff in many Eastern Shore rivers and streams is critical because they deliver a…
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Magnolia warbler kindles spark of life in visit to ancient cemetery

Bay Journal News - May 4, 2015 - 2:07pm
Cemeteries often make great local birding hotspots. Migrating birds, in particular, like these relatively undisturbed areas. To a tired flier, the big swath of open space amid a concrete landscape can be a godsend. We were up on the eastern side of the ageless Allegheny Mountains, where tiny…
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Potomac Conservancy crowd-funds to preserve WV’s White Horse Mountain

Bay Journal News - May 4, 2015 - 1:58pm
This spring, the Potomac Conservancy entered into uncharted territory — and not just because it’s buying land in West Virginia. The nonprofit, focused on the health of the Potomac watershed, has never purchased land before, and certainly not $3 million worth of a forested mountain.…
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Ownership, sharing of data raises issues

Bay Journal News - May 4, 2015 - 1:49pm
Acoustic technology has allowed scientists along the Atlantic Coast to work together to track the movements of thousands of fish in ways unimaginable only a decade ago. But it has also created some sticky questions: Who “owns” the data — the researcher who inserted the tag in…
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Follow that fish!

Bay Journal News - May 4, 2015 - 1:32pm
It took more than two years — and endless hours of frustration — before biologists found their first sturgeon on Marshyhope Creek. Week after week, they went to the river and placed 100-yard gill nets, only to pull them out empty. Then, last fall they finally caught eight adult…
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Little-known Kingman Island draws big bluegrass crowds

Bay Journal News - May 3, 2015 - 11:36pm
There's very little not to like about the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival — even with a lot of people in attendance. In its sixth year, the festival perched on a manmade island along the Anacostia River drew 10,000 people outdoors April 25 despite overcast weather that eventully turned…
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Company suspends plans for wind farm on MD’s Eastern Shore

Bay Journal News - April 30, 2015 - 11:02pm
The company behind an Eastern Shore wind farm that has been in development for nearly five years has decided to pull the plug. Adam Cohen, president of Pioneer Green Energy, wrote a letter to Somerset County’s commissioners to inform them that plans for the wind farm have been suspended.…
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Mid-Atlantic offshore drilling moving forward despite opposition

Bay Journal News - April 29, 2015 - 10:14pm
The Obama administration’s proposal to open parts of the Atlantic Coast and other areas to offshore oil drilling has drawn more than 50,000 public comments that show, among other things, a split among Bay state leaders over the idea. The Interior Department in January proposed a five-year…
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Region not on track to make nitrogen reduction goals

Bay Journal News - April 28, 2015 - 10:31pm
An analysis When the Bay region went on a pollution diet in 2010, it was touted as a game changer. After repeatedly missing past deadlines, the new, more enforceable diet was intended to ensure that pollution reduction goals would not only be met, but progress would be accelerated. Instead,…
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Region not on track to make nitrogen reduction goals

Bay Journal News - April 28, 2015 - 10:31pm
An analysis When the Bay region went on a pollution diet in 2010, it was touted as a game changer. After repeatedly missing past deadlines, the new, more enforceable diet was intended to ensure that pollution reduction goals would not only be met, but progress would be accelerated. Instead,…
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Blue crab population up thanks to nature, management

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 3:55pm
The Chesapeake Bay’s overall population of blue crabs increased 38 percent over last year, with high numbers of juvenile crabs that will likely be ready to harvest by late summer, according to the annual Winter Dredge Survey. Maryland and Virginia use the survey to count crabs burrowed in…
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Billion-year-old show still draws crowds

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 2:10pm
This spring, re-enter a more elemental time. Rising moon, May or June, a third of a billion years ago. Sunset gleams in the lap of saltwater on sandy shore. Today’s continents have not formed. Birds and trees, even dinosaurs are 100 million years or more in the future. The tide swells,…
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Billion-year-old show still draws crowds

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 2:10pm
This spring, re-enter a more elemental time. Rising moon, May or June, a third of a billion years ago. Sunset gleams in the lap of saltwater on sandy shore. Today’s continents have not formed. Birds and trees, even dinosaurs are 100 million years or more in the future. The tide swells,…
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‘Feeling blue’ might just be the cure for all that ails us

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 1:59pm
“Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do” By Wallace J. Nichols. Little Brown & Company, New York, 2014. What if there was a way to scientifically describe the…
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‘Feeling blue’ might just be the cure for all that ails us

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 1:59pm
“Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being near, in, on, or under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do” By Wallace J. Nichols. Little Brown & Company, New York, 2014. What if there was a way to scientifically describe the…
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Brown pelicans becoming more common in Bay area

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 1:29pm
I was in North Carolina the first time I saw a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) and was immediately taken by this odd bird. Brown pelicans may look gawky on land, but when they take to the skies, they fly with elegance. Browns are the smallest pelicans. They range in size from 42–54…
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Company suspends plans for wind farm on MD’s Eastern Shore

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 1:19pm
The company behind an Eastern Shore wind farm that has been in development for nearly five years has decided to pull the plug. Adam Cohen, president of Pioneer Green Energy, wrote a letter to Somerset County’s commissioners to inform them that plans for the wind farm have been suspended.…
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Mid-Atlantic offshore drilling moving forward despite opposition

Bay Journal News - April 27, 2015 - 1:01pm
The Obama administration’s proposal to open parts of the Atlantic Coast and other areas to offshore oil drilling has drawn more than 50,000 public comments that show, among other things, a split among Bay state leaders over the idea. The Interior Department in January proposed a five-year…
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