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Groups threaten suit over coal ash pits contaminating VA waters

Bay Journal News - February 26, 2015 - 11:22pm
The Southern Environmental Law Center said in separate legal notices filed in late 2014 that coal ash pits at two separate Dominion Virginia Power plants are leaking toxic substances into groundwater and nearby surface waters. The pits are located at the Possum Point Power Plant, which sits on…
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Legislature, Governor start debating a fix for phosphorus overload

Bay Journal News - February 26, 2015 - 12:50am
You could call it the battle of the PMTs. That’s phosphorus management tools. But these days, a lot of us probably know way more about this acronym - and manure - than we ever thought we would. The problem: Many fields on the Eastern Shore have too much phosphorus, and farmers should…
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MD manure-to-energy plant appears to be going nowhere

Bay Journal News - February 26, 2015 - 12:09am
Maryland was supposed to be deep into the planning stages for a manure-to-energy plant by now, a plant that was a key component in the state’s strategy to reduce pollution from poultry manure.  The state signed a contract in October 2013 with Maryland Bio Energy, a subsidiary of…
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Conservation burial lets you restore a landscape long after you are gone

Bay Journal News - February 24, 2015 - 11:25pm
Life’s still good, but death’s just become more interesting. I always figured on cremation — modest expense, no concrete, bronze and embalming chemicals in the earth; friends and family would enjoy scattering the ashes in cool places I’d enjoy designating. But Doug…
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Hogan proposes new phosphorus measure

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 11:13pm
Three weeks after pulling a regulation put forth by the Martin O’Malley administration to regulate the use of phosphorus on agricultural lands, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday put forward his own plan, which would phase in restrictions through 2022. Hogan’s proposal also comes a…
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Skunk cabbage, jack-in-pulpit spring up to remind us warm days are ahead

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:51pm
As a child, I loved to romp in the swampy woods near my neighborhood. During winter, my friends and I would fearlessly traverse icy streams and frozen mud, taking shortcuts to favorite destinations like the local reservoir. As the upland woods and meadows lay dormant, these forested wetlands were…
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Skunk cabbage, jack-in-pulpit spring up to remind us warm days are ahead

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:51pm
As a child, I loved to romp in the swampy woods near my neighborhood. During winter, my friends and I would fearlessly traverse icy streams and frozen mud, taking shortcuts to favorite destinations like the local reservoir. As the upland woods and meadows lay dormant, these forested wetlands were…
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Let’s follow Arkansas’, Oklahoma’s lead in controlling phosphorus

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:41pm
On the U.S. farm, necessity has always been the mother of invention. Maybe that’s part of the reason the poultry industry along the Arkansas and Oklahoma border has been able to reduce by 75 percent the amount of chicken manure it applies on farm fields in one watershed area. Necessity in…
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Let’s follow Arkansas’, Oklahoma’s lead in controlling phosphorus

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:41pm
On the U.S. farm, necessity has always been the mother of invention. Maybe that’s part of the reason the poultry industry along the Arkansas and Oklahoma border has been able to reduce by 75 percent the amount of chicken manure it applies on farm fields in one watershed area. Necessity in…
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Conservation burial lets you restore a landscape long after you are gone

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:30pm
Life’s still good, but death’s just become more interesting. I always figured on cremation — modest expense, no concrete, bronze and embalming chemicals in the earth; friends and family would enjoy scattering the ashes in cool places I’d enjoy designating. But Doug…
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Groups threaten suit over coal ash pits contaminating VA waters

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:09pm
The Southern Environmental Law Center said in separate legal notices filed in late 2014 that coal ash pits at two separate Dominion Virginia Power plants are leaking toxic substances into groundwater and nearby surface waters. The pits are located at the Possum Point Power Plant, which sits on…
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New review of menhaden stock reveals population is in good shape

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:00pm
Just two years after fishery managers slashed menhaden harvests to prevent overfishing, a new review of the menhaden stock has concluded that the population of the small, oily fish has actually been in good shape in recent years, and hasn’t been overfished in decades. This upbeat…
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New review of menhaden stock reveals population is in good shape

Bay Journal News - February 23, 2015 - 1:00pm
Just two years after fishery managers slashed menhaden harvests to prevent overfishing, a new review of the menhaden stock has concluded that the population of the small, oily fish has actually been in good shape in recent years, and hasn’t been overfished in decades. This upbeat…
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Obama budget includes $33 million for Bay rivers initiative

Bay Journal News - February 18, 2015 - 11:48pm
Nearly $38 million could flow into Bay watershed land protection efforts, mostly along Chesapeake rivers, under the budget proposed by President Obama in February. If approved by Congress, it would be the largest federal investment to protect the region’s open spaces and historic sites in…
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Obama budget includes $33 million for Bay rivers initiative

Bay Journal News - February 18, 2015 - 11:48pm
Nearly $38 million could flow into Bay watershed land protection efforts, mostly along Chesapeake rivers, under the budget proposed by President Obama in February. If approved by Congress, it would be the largest federal investment to protect the region’s open spaces and historic sites in…
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West Virginia oil spill has Bay environmentalists urging immediate rail safety action

Bay Journal News - February 17, 2015 - 11:10pm
This is one way to describe what happened when a train derailment in Fayette County, WV, on Monday afternoon:  30 cars went off the tracks, causing multiple fire balls and explosions, with an ensuing evacuation of 100 people. One house was destroyed, one person hospitalized and one car…
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Required reading for anyone who cares about VA’s future

Bay Journal News - February 17, 2015 - 1:21pm
“Virginia Climate Fever” By Stephen Nash University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville. 2014. Looking for fast-paced, well-written book to read this winter? One with a story arc from the ancient geologic epochs to our modern day? One that leaves you hanging, wondering whether a…
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Get down to Earth on fighting phosphorus pollution — use a soil test

Bay Journal News - February 17, 2015 - 1:12pm
Maryland’s newly elected governor, Larry Hogan, recently repealed the state’s Department of Agriculture’s Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) regulation. His act made me gnash my teeth. Farmers and legislators on the Eastern Shore had begged him to repeal the regulation because it…
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MD lawmakers introduce phosphorus rules bills in both chambers

Bay Journal News - February 16, 2015 - 9:35pm
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. pulled the state’s proposed phosphorus regulations just hours after he was inaugurated, but that doesn’t mean the state’s push to limit phosphorus is dead. Maryland Sen. Paul Pinsky has introduced a bill in the state Senate that mirrors the…
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Mark Belton named new DNR secretary

Bay Journal News - February 13, 2015 - 7:47pm
 Governor Larry Hogan today announced retired Rear Admiral Mark J. Belton as his appointee for the secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Here is what the governor said in a press release: “I am thrilled that a person like Mark Belton, a public servant of unique…
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