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Port Deposit goes all out to protect its endangered map turtles

Bay Journal News - October 22, 2014 - 12:31am
When Towson University biology professor Richard Seigel began looking for the northern map turtle six years ago along the banks of the Susquehanna, the research project was a decidedly down-home affair. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources provided Seigel with so little money for the…
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Striped bass reproduction was average this year, surveys show

Bay Journal News - October 21, 2014 - 1:14am
Striped bass reproduction in Maryland and Virginia was near the long-term average in 2014 — one of its strongest showings in recent years, scientists reported Monday. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that its juvenile index was 11, slightly below the 61-year average of…
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Huntley Meadows’ wetlands attract a variety of species, including humans

Bay Journal News - October 20, 2014 - 11:58am
Kevin Monroe is mid-sentence, describing how the “teenage,” swamp-like forest surrounding used to be a dairy farm with just a few shade trees, when something catches his eye. At the edge of the gravel trail, a small, dark-brown salamander with mustard spots is limping off the…
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Blackbeard & the Bay

Bay Journal News - October 20, 2014 - 11:49am
Blackbeard was one of the most notorious pirates to terrorize the American colonies, and the Chesapeake region played no small role in the ultimate fate of this legend. How much do you know about Blackbeard? 1. Although no one is certain, most scholars now believe Blackbeard’s real name…
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Everyone needs to participate for an environmentally just Bay

Bay Journal News - October 20, 2014 - 11:00am
The idea of watershed stewardship — local citizens engaged in restoration — has never gotten enough credit as a means to achieving a healthy Chesapeake. Since the infancy of Bay restoration, the issues of habitat degradation, poor water quality and unsustainable fisheries, as well as…
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We birders shouldn’t be cheep-skates when it comes to funding habitat

Bay Journal News - October 20, 2014 - 10:54am
“Raise my taxes” might be considered a joke after two decades of incessant calls for lower rates. But that counterintuitive message has worked before and may do so again. The beneficiary would be North American birds — all 800 species. To understand this proposal, some history…
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Pamunkey’s history of giving back to the river goes back to 1900s

Bay Journal News - October 20, 2014 - 2:05am
Grover Miles and Henry Langston spent the better part of an early spring afternoon on the Pamunkey River, upstream from the fish hatchery on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation near Lanesville, VA. Blossoming maple flowers tinged the woods pink, with a smattering of white from a shadbush here and…
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Pamunkey’s history of giving back to the river goes back to 1900s

Bay Journal News - October 20, 2014 - 2:05am
Grover Miles and Henry Langston spent the better part of an early spring afternoon on the Pamunkey River, upstream from the fish hatchery on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation near Lanesville, VA. Blossoming maple flowers tinged the woods pink, with a smattering of white from a shadbush here and…
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Wings over the Water

Bay Journal News - October 19, 2014 - 11:44pm
The best place to see eagles on the East Coast is not at a wildlife refuge, not in the wilderness of a forest or the remoteness of a rural corner. The best place to see eagles is next to the Conowingo Dam, an enormous, 53-gate structure spanning the Susquehanna River about 5 miles below the…
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Two tales of one city

Bay Journal News - October 19, 2014 - 11:17pm
The gates of the fort stood wide open. A cluster of hens scratched furiously through plant scraps near the foot of its weathered plank walls. Inside, framed by the entrance, a young guard sat in a slice of shade against the nearest building. It was a warm day, but he wore breeches and stockings.…
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PA legislature seeks power to block compliance with EPA climate rule

Bay Journal News - October 19, 2014 - 7:51pm
The Pennsylvania General Assembly last week approved a bill that would grant either chamber of the legislature the authority to veto any state plan to comply with federal greenhouse gas emission rules. The House passed the bill earlier this year, and the Senate approved it 31 to 17 on Oct. 14…
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Legal ruling challenges VA tribes’ traditional fishing rights

Bay Journal News - October 17, 2014 - 1:32am
The Pamunkey along with its neighbor tribe, the Mattaponi, have stocked Virginia’s rivers with American shad for almost 100 years, releasing hatchery-grown fry into their namesake rivers on reservations they’ve lived on since the time of English colonial expansion in the late 1600s.…
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Legal ruling challenges VA tribes’ traditional fishing rights

Bay Journal News - October 17, 2014 - 1:32am
The Pamunkey along with its neighbor tribe, the Mattaponi, have stocked Virginia’s rivers with American shad for almost 100 years, releasing hatchery-grown fry into their namesake rivers on reservations they’ve lived on since the time of English colonial expansion in the late 1600s.…
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John Tippett, former Friends of the Rappahannock executive director, receives award for leadership i

Bay Journal News - October 16, 2014 - 5:38pm
John Tippett, former executive director of the Friends of the Rappahannock, received the Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution on Tuesday from the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Tippett is the 13th recipient of the award, which is…
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John Tippett, former Friends of the Rappahannock executive director, receives award for leadership

Bay Journal News - October 16, 2014 - 5:38pm
John Tippett, former executive director of the Friends of the Rappahannock, received the Gerald P. McCarthy Award for Leadership in Environmental Conflict Resolution on Tuesday from the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. Tippett is the 13th recipient of the award, which is…
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PA General Assembly weakens protection for high quality streams

Bay Journal News - October 15, 2014 - 9:46pm
A controversial bill that environmental groups said would weaken protection for Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams won final approval by the state’s General Assembly on Wednesday. The final bill was little changed from one passed a week earlier by the House that was backed by builders…
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Wings over the Water

Bay Journal News - October 14, 2014 - 1:33pm
The best place to see eagles on the East Coast is not at a wildlife refuge, not in the wilderness of a forest or the remoteness of a rural corner. The best place to see eagles is next to the Conowingo Dam, an enormous, 53-gate structure spanning the Susquehanna River about 5 miles below the…
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Pirates!

Bay Journal News - October 14, 2014 - 1:22pm
Pirates will set upon houses throughout the watershed in search of treasure this month. Fortunately for homeowners, unlike the more infamous pirates in history, they will be trick-or-treaters intent on candy and trinkets. Here are some words associated with pirates. Can you match them up with…
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Don’t mess with Conowingo until you’ve cleaned up your act

Bay Journal News - October 14, 2014 - 12:13pm
If I could amend the federal Clean Water Act, I’d include triple penalties for polluters who spend more energy pointing to other polluters than on cleaning up their own mess. This “we won’t act till they do” dereliction has colossally delayed action to clean up the…
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Chesapeake oysters being shipped to Louisiana shucking houses

Bay Journal News - October 14, 2014 - 12:52am
For more than two decades, trucks pulled into the seafood-processing houses of the Eastern Shore and the Northern Neck each winter, packed with oysters from Louisiana. Maryland and Virginia shuckers needed product to feed their hungry markets, and the Chesapeake Bay’s famed oyster beds had…
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