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Poplar’s rising popularity

Bay Journal News - July 2, 2015 - 2:00pm
Mark Mendelsohn has fond memories of visiting his grandparents on the West River in Annapolis. The family would pile in a skiff and run out to the banks of Poplar Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. There, his grandmother would catch so many bluefish that her arms would be sore. But the…
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At a loss for what to do? Find your Chesapeake

Bay Journal News - July 2, 2015 - 1:10pm
Just in time for this summer, the National Park Service has launched a website, FindYourChesapeake.com, to help people find outdoor adventures both around the corner, and throughout the watershed. The site contains information about more than 350 sites where people can have a Bay-related…
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To prevent monarchs from becoming rare, milkweed must stay common

Bay Journal News - June 30, 2015 - 2:33pm
The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species of wildlife in all of North America. Easily identified by dark orange wings with black veins and white edge spots, this 4-inch butterfly is found throughout the United States, southern Canada and Mexico. They undertake one of the…
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Pope’s environmental encyclical a validation to some, call to action for others

Bay Journal News - June 30, 2015 - 2:22pm
It was one of those moments when everything came together. On June 18, Pope Francis issued an encyclical — a teaching letter to the global Catholic Church — focused on the environment. As a Catholic who has spent years working professionally and personally to protect our land,…
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Nutrient management plans are widespread, but some wonder if they are followed

Bay Journal News - June 29, 2015 - 8:53pm
Each year, farmers managing more than 2.2 million acres of croplands in the Bay watershed pull out plans that guide how they apply animal manure and commercial fertilizer on fields of corn, wheat, hay and other crops. What they do with those plans, and exactly how much their actions reduce the…
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Nutrient management plans are widespread, but some wonder if they are followed

Bay Journal News - June 29, 2015 - 8:53pm
Each year, farmers managing more than 2.2 million acres of croplands in the Bay watershed pull out plans that guide how they apply animal manure and commercial fertilizer on fields of corn, wheat, hay and other crops. What they do with those plans, and exactly how much their actions reduce the…
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CBF sues Virginia for not making livestock stream exclusion mandatory

Bay Journal News - June 29, 2015 - 8:37pm
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced legal action against Virginia for failing to protect streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay from the pollution that results when livestock are allowed access to waterways. The CBF contends that the Virginia State Water Control Board and the Virginia…
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Relaxing, No! But this yoga class rids one woman of a fear

Bay Journal News - June 29, 2015 - 2:51pm
Of the many exercises I do every week, the side plank is my least favorite. It involves taking the already loathsome plank and twisting it, so that you are stacking your hips and supporting your body with just the palm of your hand. If you can attain the pose without shaking, you’re supposed…
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In the Wake of Beautiful Swimmers

Bay Journal News - June 25, 2015 - 3:17pm
It’s mid-June on Deal Island, still a couple of hours until dawn when we board the Chesapeake Bay workboat, Lady Ellen, with Grant Corbin and his two mates for a long day of ‘peeler potting’—fishing unbaited crab pots in the waters of Tangier Sound. The pots attract crabs…
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Slightly smaller dead zone predicted for Chesapeake Bay

Bay Journal News - June 24, 2015 - 5:02pm
Attention swimmers, especially the beautiful little ones: scientists anticipate a slightly smaller, though still large, dead zone to form in the Chesapeake Bay this summer. By “still large,” they mean it will still rob a large portion of the Bay — the equivalent of 2.3 million…
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Speakers open up on population, which is usually left out of conversation

Bay Journal News - June 24, 2015 - 1:00am
The Chesapeake Bay is troubled by many things. Manure. Sewage. Pesticides. Oil. Litter. Fertilizer. Sediment. But one source lies behind all of them — us. According to experts at a recent conference, the growing number of people in the Chesapeake region has thwarted the Bay restoration for…
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What happens upstream, shows up downstream

Bay Journal News - June 22, 2015 - 2:26pm
Once upon a time, in a galaxy not at all far away, “the facilities” were an outhouse 100 feet from the kitchen door. Time and population growth led to septic systems and eventually, to “public” wastewater treatment plants — and under-river pipes carrying products that…
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We need to learn how to discuss population growth before talking about it

Bay Journal News - June 22, 2015 - 2:17pm
The agenda seemed straightforward for the final day of the Bay Journal’s winter conference on Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay—talk about how to slow or reverse population increase, a little-discussed but significant part of the Bay’s environmental problems. Yet, by…
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Speakers open up on population, which is usually left out of conversation

Bay Journal News - June 22, 2015 - 1:45pm
The Chesapeake Bay is troubled by many things. Manure. Sewage. Pesticides. Oil. Litter. Fertilizer. Sediment. But one source lies behind all of them — us. According to experts at a recent conference, the growing number of people in the Chesapeake region has thwarted the Bay restoration for…
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Eagle watchers want to restrict fishing near Conowingo Dam

Bay Journal News - June 22, 2015 - 1:15pm
The Conowingo Dam is a hugely popular outdoors destination. Birders flock to the enormous structure that spans the Susquehanna River to watch eagles, herons and a pair of peregrine falcons. Anglers crowd along Fishermen’s Park to cast for walleye and perch. Photographers turn their long…
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Eagle watchers want to restrict fishing near Conowingo Dam

Bay Journal News - June 22, 2015 - 1:15pm
The Conowingo Dam is a hugely popular outdoors destination. Birders flock to the enormous structure that spans the Susquehanna River to watch eagles, herons and a pair of peregrine falcons. Anglers crowd along Fishermen’s Park to cast for walleye and perch. Photographers turn their long…
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Clean drinking water unites efforts of watershed groups, suppliers

Bay Journal News - June 21, 2015 - 11:00pm
The health of the Chesapeake Bay and healthy drinking water are as connected as the creeks, streams and rivers that flow through our 64,000-square-mile Bay watershed. What’s good for clean water in our local waterways is good for the Bay — and for our public water supply.…
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Seventeen public access sites open along Chesapeake rivers and streams

Bay Journal News - June 19, 2015 - 1:35pm
Getting out on the rivers that feed Chesapeake Bay got easier this past year, as the Chesapeake Bay Program partners opened 17 new access points. They include boat ramps, soft launches for canoes and kayaks, fishing sites and walking trails. Virginia opened the most new sites, 14 sites, while…
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Where is everyone?

Bay Journal News - June 19, 2015 - 1:37am
Last Saturday, I decided to take my daughters hiking. We’ve been doing a lot of hiking lately. The week before, my older daughter and I climbed Sugarloaf Mountain. The week before that, the two of us went for an early-evening hike through Robert E. Lee Park. Because it was nearing 85…
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MD oyster farmers form association to protect their interests

Bay Journal News - June 18, 2015 - 12:35am
Maryland oyster farmers have formed an association to lobby for their interests in Annapolis, ease permitting red tape and educate the public about the benefits of growing bivalves. The Maryland Shellfish Growers Association became incorporated this spring. Virginia has a similar association.…
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