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MD’s shellfish plan for helping oysters increases harvest on 1% that are left

Bay Journal News - May 26, 2015 - 2:11pm
Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan says he will be good to the Chesapeake Bay. He says he will be good to Chesapeake Bay watermen, too. He will find this a difficult balancing act. He faces hard decisions on the oyster, a keystone Bay species, a reef builder providing vital habitat for all manner…
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Long migration makes red knots hungry for horseshoe crab eggs

Bay Journal News - May 26, 2015 - 2:01pm
The rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) is one of the longest distance migrants in the animal kingdom. On a wingspan of 20 inches, the bird flies more than 18,000 miles each year between breeding grounds and wintering grounds. Nearly 9 inches long — about the size of a robin — the…
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VA attorney general affirms local government authority on fracking

Bay Journal News - May 26, 2015 - 1:38pm
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has assured local governments in Virginia that they have the authority to restrict or ban gas drilling within their jurisdictions. The attorney general’s opinion, issued on May 8, reverses that of his predecessor, Kenneth Cuccinelli. It stopped…
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Report recommends helping farmers to keep cows out of streams

Bay Journal News - May 26, 2015 - 1:12pm
The Chesapeake Bay watershed includes 3.5 million livestock, among them beef and dairy cows, swine, horses, goats and sheep. More than half of those are cattle, which too often can be found standing in streams. Cattle and streams are not a good combination. The cattle erode the stream banks,…
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Growth more likely to negatively impact economy than help it

Bay Journal News - May 25, 2015 - 1:33am
An analysis “I thought this was about the Bay, but most of your speakers the first day are talking about the economy?” This query came in various forms from environmentalists considering the Bay Journal’s Growth and the Chesapeake conference earlier this winter. But…
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Old roads could lead to new substrates for oyster beds

Bay Journal News - May 22, 2015 - 1:13am
Old roads and concrete don’t have to take up space in landfills. They can become excellent substrates for raising oysters, according to a new study. Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research lab conducted the three-part study with funding from the Maryland…
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Clean Water Conference challenges organization to seek diversity

Bay Journal News - May 21, 2015 - 4:06pm
At clean water conferences throughout the country, Jill Witkowski says someone usually stands up and makes a comment along the lines of, “Why are we so white?” At the Choose Clean Water Coalition conference this week, which she organized, she encouraged environmental groups in…
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Clean Water Conference challenges organization to seek diversity

Bay Journal News - May 21, 2015 - 4:06pm
At clean water conferences throughout the country, Jill Witkowski says someone usually stands up and makes a comment along the lines of, “Why are we so white?” At the Choose Clean Water Coalition conference this week, which she organized, she encouraged environmental groups in…
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Power outage in storm led to deaths of 9 sturgeon in Eastern Shore lab

Bay Journal News - May 21, 2015 - 12:09am
Harsh winter weather indirectly took a toll on the Chesapeake Bay’s sturgeon, as Maryland biologists say nine of their large captive fish died during a power outage caused by a winter storm. The incident happened at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory on the Eastern Shore during the long…
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Harrisburg’s river projects highlighted at clean water conference

Bay Journal News - May 20, 2015 - 11:27pm
To get to this year’s Choose Clean Water Coalition conference in Harrisburg, PA., most of those traveling from other portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed had to cross the Susquehanna River. The 444-milelong river is the largest tributary to the Bay and gets its name from a Native…
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Harrisburg’s river projects highlighted at clean water conference

Bay Journal News - May 20, 2015 - 11:27pm
To get to this year’s Choose Clean Water Coalition conference in Harrisburg, PA., most of those traveling from other portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed had to cross the Susquehanna River. The 444-milelong river is the largest tributary to the Bay and gets its name from a Native…
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Harrisburg’s river projects highlighted at clean water conference

Bay Journal News - May 20, 2015 - 11:27pm
To get to this year’s Choose Clean Water Coalition conference in Harrisburg, PA., most of those traveling from other portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed had to cross the Susquehanna River. The 444-milelong river is the largest tributary to the Bay and gets its name from a Native…
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Midday takes note of Baltimore’s environmental wins

Bay Journal News - May 20, 2015 - 10:52pm
Midday on the May’s may edition will air Thursday, May 21, from 1-2 on WYPR. The show is produced in collaboration with Dan Rodricks, who hosts Midday every day. Each month, we choose topics that correlate with the stories we are covering in the Journal, or want to cover in the future.…
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Resident geese: a water quality problem or just fuss & feathers?

Bay Journal News - May 20, 2015 - 12:16am
Where manicured golf courses and neighborhood ponds abound, so do the geese. Thriving in the urban and suburban habitats of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, geese are waddling in the streets, pooping in the ponds and congregating dangerously close to highway off-ramps long after they should have…
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MD Public Service Commission approves Exelon-Pepco merger

Bay Journal News - May 20, 2015 - 12:11am
The Maryland Public Service Commission last week approved the merger between Exelon and PEPCO — a move many environmental groups, as well as the Maryland attorney general, have vigorously opposed. The commission, whose approval is required, voted 3-to-2 to allow Chicago-based Exelon to…
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Audubon award honors Rona Kobell

Bay Journal News - May 20, 2015 - 12:01am
The National Audubon Society will honor Bay Journal staff writer Rona Kobell Wednesday at its 12th annual lunch Women in Conservation Luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Kobell is among 26 “women greening journalism” who will receive special recognition at the luncheon for…
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Workshop offers farmers food for thought on healthy streams stewardship

Bay Journal News - May 18, 2015 - 12:11pm
A large event hall at Dutch’s Daughter restaurant in Frederick, MD, surrounded by plush carpeting, tapestries on the walls and a projector screen pulled down over ornately carved wood fireplace, is an odd space to host a workshop for farmers on the value of streamside forest buffers. But…
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Workshop offers farmers food for thought on healthy streams stewardship

Bay Journal News - May 18, 2015 - 12:11pm
A large event hall at Dutch’s Daughter restaurant in Frederick, MD, surrounded by plush carpeting, tapestries on the walls and a projector screen pulled down over ornately carved wood fireplace, is an odd space to host a workshop for farmers on the value of streamside forest buffers. But…
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Mammal Mommies!

Bay Journal News - May 18, 2015 - 12:05pm
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in the Chesapeake watershed. Did you know that the word “mammal” comes from the Latin word for the mammary gland. This gland, found on all mother mammals, releases milk to nurse their young. Can you match these mother mammals with their…
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Mammal Mommies!

Bay Journal News - May 18, 2015 - 12:05pm
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in the Chesapeake watershed. Did you know that the word “mammal” comes from the Latin word for the mammary gland. This gland, found on all mother mammals, releases milk to nurse their young. Can you match these mother mammals with their…
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