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Bay Journal News - August 31, 2014 - 9:37pm
Where’s eel fishing data? I read with interest “Scientists find shockingly good news about eels in PA river,” (October 2013) by Karl Blankenship. It was typical of the high level of reporting in the Bay Journal, which I have read for years, and which I value. I was dismayed,…
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Public comment critical to draft Bay pact

Bay Journal News - August 31, 2014 - 8:54pm
Development of a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement is moving into the final phase, as jurisdictions were to submit their input regarding the latest draft of the document in December. Officials hope to have a revised agreement that will go out for 45 days of public comment in late January or…
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Draft of next Bay agreement omits toxics goal, mention of climate change

Bay Journal News - August 31, 2014 - 8:49pm
Next year, 20 years after approving a strategy that called for a “Bay free of toxics,” the Chesapeake Executive Council might settle for something else: a Bay agreement free of any reference to toxics. Controlling toxic pollution has been an issue for the Chesapeake since the EPA…
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Bay crabs disappearing in the water – and on restaurant plates

Bay Journal News - August 29, 2014 - 6:05pm
Recently, I had lunch with a chef friend of mine, one of the very best, who thinks keenly and constantly about the relationship between environmental sustainability and the way we eat. This chef has a strong commitment to sourcing foods locally —and has kept at it even as that notion has…
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Defense grant to protect 2,259 acres along the Nanticoke

Bay Journal News - August 29, 2014 - 10:06am
The Nanticoke River is getting a new ally in efforts to protect its shorelines from development — the military. The Department of Defense in August announced that it was awarding $1 million to help protect 2,259 acres of forest, wetlands and farmlands along the Eastern Shore river which…
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The night I feared I’d lose my leg

Bay Journal News - August 28, 2014 - 6:31pm
For years, I’ve been writing about swimmers and watermen getting serious bacteria infections from contact with the Chesapeake Bay. But I’ve also been telling people when they ask that it’s generally safe to swim in the Bay and its tributaries. Just make sure you don’t have…
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Virginia rolls out new agricultural program to improve water quality on farms

Bay Journal News - August 26, 2014 - 8:12pm
Virginia Governor McAuliffe was joined key cabinet members, state legislators, and agricultural and environmental representatives August 25 at a dairy farm in Weyers Cave to launch a new program aimed at reducing pollution from agricultural while providing agricultural producers in the program…
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Virginia rolls out new agricultural program to improve water quality on farms

Bay Journal News - August 26, 2014 - 8:12pm
Virginia Governor McAuliffe was joined key cabinet members, state legislators, and agricultural and environmental representatives August 25 at a dairy farm in Weyers Cave to launch a new program aimed at reducing pollution from agricultural while providing agricultural producers in the program…
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FERC tells Conowingo to improve fish passage at dam

Bay Journal News - August 25, 2014 - 6:46pm
The federal agency responsible for licensing the Conowingo Dam stated that major new investments are needed at the facility to help fish get up the Susquehanna River, but expressed skepticism that dam owners should be required to dredge sediments that have built up behind the 100-foot structure.…
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Foodways & Waterways at the Smithsonian

Bay Journal News - August 22, 2014 - 2:12am
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in September will host its second series on the history and culture of food — and I highly recommend you attend. This year’s Food in the Garden series kicks off September 4 and takes place over four Thursday evenings at the museum.…
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Chefs hope to get area hooked on local fish, sustainability

Bay Journal News - August 22, 2014 - 1:50am
After 15 years of restaurant ownership in the District of Columbia area, all the while harboring a particular passion for seafood, chef Robert Wiedmaier decided the best way to get onto the water more often was to buy a boat (or two) and a historic estate along the Chesapeake Bay. “This is…
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Chefs hope to get area hooked on local fish, sustainability

Bay Journal News - August 22, 2014 - 1:50am
After 15 years of restaurant ownership in the District of Columbia area, all the while harboring a particular passion for seafood, chef Robert Wiedmaier decided the best way to get onto the water more often was to buy a boat (or two) and a historic estate along the Chesapeake Bay. “This is…
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Virginia announces new Oyster Trail — wine included

Bay Journal News - August 20, 2014 - 1:22pm
If Virginia wasn’t already synonymous with the oyster that bears its name, state officials hope it will be soon. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week the creation of a Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism initiative that aims to connect travelers in the state to its fast growing…
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Toledo’s toxic water emphasizes need to reduce pollution

Bay Journal News - August 19, 2014 - 10:29am
Surviving a heart attack is a huge wake-up call that usually warrants a change of diet. Toledo, Ohio, just survived a heart attack. The city’s drinking water, drawn from Lake Erie, became toxic because of a huge algae bloom. Algae blooms are caused by too much nitrogen and phosphorous in…
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Successful sign-ups for stream fencing leave Virginia looking for funds

Bay Journal News - August 18, 2014 - 12:25am
The focus among conservationists in Virginia is shifting from getting the word out about the full funding that’s available for two years to fence livestock out of streams to ensuring that money is availabe to follow through on the promise. Jack Frye, Virginia director of the Chesapeake Bay…
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Successful sign-ups for stream fencing leave Virginia looking for funds

Bay Journal News - August 18, 2014 - 12:25am
The focus among conservationists in Virginia is shifting from getting the word out about the full funding that’s available for two years to fence livestock out of streams to ensuring that money is availabe to follow through on the promise. Jack Frye, Virginia director of the Chesapeake Bay…
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Virginia’s Caledon State Park opens canoe-in campground on the Potomac River

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2014 - 10:45pm
Virginia’s Caledon State Park, 23 miles east of Fredericksburg on the Potomac River has added six campsites that will be open to recreational paddlers following a dedication ceremony 9 a.m. Friday. The campsites will add critical public access to the river, and will be another resource for…
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Virginia agencies agree to share oversight of natural gas development in coastal plain

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2014 - 3:54pm
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced that two agencies – each under a different cabinet secretary – have signed a memorandum of agreement to ensure a coordinated review of applications for permits to drill for natural gas and oil in Virginia’s coastal plain. The…
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Virginia agencies agree to share oversight of natural gas development in coastal plain

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2014 - 3:54pm
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced that two agencies – each under a different cabinet secretary – have signed a memorandum of agreement to ensure a coordinated review of applications for permits to drill for natural gas and oil in Virginia’s coastal plain. The…
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Shark Week provides opportunity to rethink past experiences with sharks

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2014 - 1:36pm
National Shark Week just concluded — an annual week-long shark programming bonanza initiated by Discovery Channel in 1989 and still going strong. Though much of the footage is sensational, with dramatic narration and spine-tingling musical background, some segments highlight important…
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