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Leaving a Happier Planet

Bay Journal News - November 24, 2014 - 3:44pm
To transform some big ecological crises on the planet, it’s often said that humans need to turn over a new leaf. But old leaves also work. And they can turn themselves, if we let them, into life. They morph into wonderful vitality-bringers—good topsoil, native microbes, beneficial…
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Appeals Court hears arguments on Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Bay Journal News - November 24, 2014 - 2:02am
The question of whether the EPA exceeded its authority, or merely did what the law required, in developing the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan reached the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia in November. The three-judge panel that heard oral arguments Nov. 18 often sounded skeptical of…
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A full plate of worthy conferences this winter

Bay Journal News - November 24, 2014 - 12:41am
As if the holidays weren’t enough to fill our calendars through the winter, the next couple of months also feature a tempting lineup of conferences on topics that might pique your interest. We journalists love a good conference, one that neatly gathers all the sources for a story into one…
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Discovering Leakin Park

Bay Journal News - November 21, 2014 - 12:38pm
On Monday, I had this article published in Slate on Leakin Park. Leakin Park, for those who don’t know, is a 1,216-acre wilderness park in West Baltimore. It has a nature center, train rides, an art walk, great hiking, streams for catching crayfish, old trees, a restored mansion and a…
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George Washington National Forest plan released to mixed reviews

Bay Journal News - November 18, 2014 - 11:42pm
Tuesday the US Forest Service issued its long-awaited George Washington National Forest management plan, a document that will guide the uses and management of the 1.1 million-acre national forest, the largest federal land holding in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and one that includes headwaters of…
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Tenacious reporters get scoop on long delayed phosphorus regs

Bay Journal News - November 18, 2014 - 5:41pm
There is a long tradition of companies and governments releasing news they do not want people to hear on Friday afternoon. This strategy works best on a holiday weekend, a summer weekend, or at the end of a particularly newsy week. The feeling is that the news organization may miss it entirely, or…
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New Smart Phone App for “FracTracking”

Bay Journal News - November 18, 2014 - 5:10pm
Now, here’s an app I wish I had a few years back. It’s called FracTracker. If this app had been on my phone in 2010, I would have uploaded a photo of little white plastic flags that were snaking across my property line in Western Maryland. Natural gas surveyors had placed them there,…
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Forest buffer research reveals more benefits than previously thought

Bay Journal News - November 18, 2014 - 1:37am
Standing amid tall trees next to White Clay Creek, listening to the forest birds sing and the water splash along rocks, roots and fallen branches, one could imagine the creek had always looked like this. But, walking through the site one summer afternoon, Bern Sweeney pointed to a tell-tale sign…
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Forest buffer research reveals more benefits than previously thought

Bay Journal News - November 18, 2014 - 1:37am
Standing amid tall trees next to White Clay Creek, listening to the forest birds sing and the water splash along rocks, roots and fallen branches, one could imagine the creek had always looked like this. But, walking through the site one summer afternoon, Bern Sweeney pointed to a tell-tale sign…
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Forest buffer research reveals more benefits than previously thought

Bay Journal News - November 18, 2014 - 1:37am
Standing amid tall trees next to White Clay Creek, listening to the forest birds sing and the water splash along rocks, roots and fallen branches, one could imagine the creek had always looked like this. But, walking through the site one summer afternoon, Bern Sweeney pointed to a tell-tale sign…
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Three Sisters

Bay Journal News - November 17, 2014 - 4:31pm
What’s for dinner? If you were one of North America’s earliest peoples, nearby plants and animals were on the menu in summer and early autumn. But in the winter and early spring, you would have relied on the Three Sisters: squash, corn/maize and climbing (pole)beans. These three crops,…
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Three Sisters

Bay Journal News - November 17, 2014 - 4:31pm
What’s for dinner? If you were one of North America’s earliest peoples, nearby plants and animals were on the menu in summer and early autumn. But in the winter and early spring, you would have relied on the Three Sisters: squash, corn/maize and climbing (pole)beans. These three crops,…
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Efforts to plant more streamside forest buffers need to branch out

Bay Journal News - November 17, 2014 - 4:25pm
For the last 20 years, from the mountain valleys and rolling hills of the Piedmont to the sandy Coastal Plain, farmers have been planting trees — millions of them. Since the Chesapeake Bay Program set its first goal for riparian forest buffers in 1996, close to 8,000 miles of 35– to…
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Restoration of the Chesapeake ecosystem is impossible

Bay Journal News - November 17, 2014 - 4:18pm
The word “restore” means to bring back, reinstate or return to a former condition, and is commonly used, incorrectly, by organizations and people promoting improved water quality and ecosystem health of the Chesapeake Bay (and elsewhere). “Restoration” might be possible…
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Summit Fund passes the Anacostia cleanup baton

Bay Journal News - November 16, 2014 - 12:57pm
After 16 years of funding projects to improve the water quality and communities of the Anacostia River, the Summit Fund of Washington is closing up shop — and looking for others to take on the cause. The Fund hosted an invitation-only event this week, complete with cocktails and hors…
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Breakwater to protect Smith Island’s marshes will help people, too

Bay Journal News - November 14, 2014 - 1:13am
Federal and state officials are spending more than $8 million to build an enormous breakwater to protect the marshes on a Smith Island wildlife refuge. The project is unusual because of its size — 21,000 feet — and also because breakwaters most often protect people, not habitats. The…
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Study says more nutrient reductions may be needed to offset filling of Conowingo Dam

Bay Journal News - November 13, 2014 - 2:31am
The reservoir behind Conowingo Dam has filled, which likely means states will need to make additional nutrient and sediment reductions if Bay cleanup goals are to be met, according to a draft study being released today. The $1.4 million study, released by the Army Corps of Engineers and the…
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New report: Dealing with explosive population growth along the Potomac River

Bay Journal News - November 12, 2014 - 3:49pm
The Potomac River watershed is projected to swell by 2.3 million residents — about the population of Houston, Texas — over the next 26 years, according to a report released by the Potomac Conservancy this week. If that growth is not well planned, the report says, its impact on…
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Volunteer monitoring can provide key data for Bay cleanup

Bay Journal News - November 11, 2014 - 1:49am
When Valley Proteins, a chicken parts rendering plant in Dorchester County, MD, wanted to increase its permitted discharge into a tributary of Transquaking Creek, citizens concerned about the already poor water quality had several years of data to back them up. The data had been gathered by the…
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Blue-winged teal add new meaning to ‘going the distance’

Bay Journal News - November 10, 2014 - 1:00pm
We had just concluded a fine afternoon of birding along a stretch of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Moments after we had started the long drive home, I was surprised to see a freshwater pond through the trees that I hadn’t noticed on the ride in. Being incorrigible birders, we decided that…
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