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Digging into Washington’s past

Bay Journal News - August 3, 2015 - 1:55pm
If George Washington actually did chop down a cherry tree and refuse to lie about it, the incident probably happened at Ferry Farm, his boyhood home along the Rappahannock River. Many people who visit the site today arrive with this famous story in mind. They’ll find a few cherry-related…
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Save Out Soils

Bay Journal News - August 3, 2015 - 1:43pm
We are in the midst of the International Year of Soils. Who knew? Most will overlook the global event, but that would be a mistake. Soils deserve our attention. More familiar environmental issues — water quality, air pollution, endangered species and climate change — command a…
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With each superstorm, new clues to predicting surges surface

Bay Journal News - August 3, 2015 - 1:12pm
This is the eighth in a series of articles — produced by the Bay Journal and Chesapeake Quarterly, the magazine of Maryland Sea Grant — that explore the impacts of, and policies related to, sea level rise around the Bay. Every September, John Barnette starts lifting all of his crab…
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Orchard project bearing fruit as students get a taste of the outdoors, rhythm of the seasons

Bay Journal News - August 2, 2015 - 10:58pm
Most of the children who attend Lakeland Elementary School don’t have apple trees in their backyards. They live in city row houses in West Baltimore, and they see a lot of asphalt, strip malls and chain-link fences. Recently, the view at their school changed. Lakeland is one of three…
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Poo powered tractor plows forward

Bay Journal News - July 31, 2015 - 12:27pm
We’ve written plenty about the power of manure, how innovators across the region are turning its excess into energy and even profits. But what if the power produced by a manure-to-energy plant was used to not only keep the lights on but also plow the fields? Enter the methane-fueled…
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Scientists heartened by baywide underwater grass increases

Bay Journal News - July 30, 2015 - 3:31pm
The amount of underwater grass beds in Chesapeake Bay surged 27 percent last year, one of the largest single-year increases since monitoring of the critical habitat for fish and crabs began three decades ago. While a rebound was seen Baywide, much of the recovery in 2014 was driven by a huge…
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Scientists heartened by baywide underwater grass increases

Bay Journal News - July 30, 2015 - 3:31pm
The amount of underwater grass beds in Chesapeake Bay surged 27 percent last year, one of the largest single-year increases since monitoring of the critical habitat for fish and crabs began three decades ago. While a rebound was seen Baywide, much of the recovery in 2014 was driven by a huge…
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MD hires 4 private oyster growers to plant oyster seed in Bay

Bay Journal News - July 29, 2015 - 9:59pm
For the first time in its 55-year history of planting oysters to help watermen with their harvest, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is hiring private oyster growers to help it seed the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to the change, the University of Maryland Horn Point Hatchery handled the…
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Summer Fun: Great beaches on Virginia’s bayside eastern shore

Bay Journal News - July 29, 2015 - 9:56pm
Earlier, we talked about Maryland beaches. Now, we turn our attention south to Virginia. I haven’t spent as much time in Virginia, but I’m impressed by what I’ve seen of the state park and natural area system. Beautiful, well-managed parks, with kayaks and bikes to rent, and…
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Summer Fun: Quick beach getaways

Bay Journal News - July 28, 2015 - 1:37am
I admit it - I sort of dread beach vacations. Or, really any vacations to anywhere. When you have kids, vacations are more work than working. There’s no break time. And my kids, ages 10 and 4, are not fans of the long car trip. We always forget something important, like that extra pair…
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Sugarloaf scamper

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2015 - 2:09pm
Hiking in the mountains of Maryland is a great way to spend an afternoon. Hiking with children? Well, choose your route carefully. Between tired toddlers who want to be carried and teens who can’t bear to tear themselves away from their phone for a couple of hours, a walk in the woods can…
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Sugarloaf scamper

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2015 - 2:09pm
Hiking in the mountains of Maryland is a great way to spend an afternoon. Hiking with children? Well, choose your route carefully. Between tired toddlers who want to be carried and teens who can’t bear to tear themselves away from their phone for a couple of hours, a walk in the woods can…
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Let’s not tax well-managed farmland; it already pays its way

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2015 - 2:03pm
“Well-managed” farmland and other working open spaces should not be taxed. These landscapes provide more services for the public than they receive from the public. In many states, including the Chesapeake Bay states, local governments already recognize the value of open lands and tax…
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Proposed gas pipeline in VA called a threat to resources, economy

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2015 - 1:54pm
The last slide in Nancy Sorrells’ presentation about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline shows Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” split from top to bottom by a jagged tear — a graphic challenge to assertions by pipeline builder Dominion Transmission, Inc. that the pipeline will…
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Proposed gas pipeline in VA called a threat to resources, economy

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2015 - 1:54pm
The last slide in Nancy Sorrells’ presentation about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline shows Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” split from top to bottom by a jagged tear — a graphic challenge to assertions by pipeline builder Dominion Transmission, Inc. that the pipeline will…
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MD hires 4 private oyster growers to plant oyster seed in Bay

Bay Journal News - July 27, 2015 - 1:48pm
For the first time in its 55-year history of planting oysters to help watermen with their harvest, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is hiring private oyster growers to help it seed the Chesapeake Bay. Prior to the change, the University of Maryland Horn Point Hatchery handled the…
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Bay council approves stream, land protections as cleanup progress lags

Bay Journal News - July 24, 2015 - 3:08am
Leaders of the state-federal Bay Program partnership pledged new efforts Thursday to protect streams draining the Chesapeake watershed even as they acknowledged that their key pollution reduction efforts have fallen behind schedule. Meeting at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, the…
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Bay Program working with feds to better document facilities’ TMDL efforts

Bay Journal News - July 23, 2015 - 12:00am
The federal government is one of the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s largest landowners and manages an area roughly the size of Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, or 5.4 percent of the entire basin. The land and facilities it controls share little in common except that…
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Bay Program working with feds to better document facilities’ TMDL efforts

Bay Journal News - July 23, 2015 - 12:00am
The federal government is one of the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s largest landowners and manages an area roughly the size of Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, or 5.4 percent of the entire basin. The land and facilities it controls share little in common except that…
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Summer Fun: Find a ferry

Bay Journal News - July 22, 2015 - 5:15pm
Summer can be tough on working parents. It’s hard to figure out what to do with your kids. Camps are expensive, and often, there isn’t space because you wait until the last minute to realize you need one. Movies? I took my family of four to see Minions in 3D and it cost $70! There are…
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