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Bay Journal News - December 17, 2014 - 11:49pm
We’ve all seen it: The patch of woods lost for a new house, a meadow plowed under to help feed a growing population, the bottom of a once-clear stream filled with silt which turns the water muddy every time it rains. Certainly, zoning and runoff controls can slow the rate of decline, but…
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As waters continue to rise, Navy seeks comprehensive plan

Bay Journal News - December 17, 2014 - 1:21am
This is part of a series of articles — produced by the Bay Journal and Chesapeake Quarterly, the magazine of Maryland Sea Grant — which explores the impacts of, and policies related to, sea level rise around the Bay. Barely a month after Rear Admiral Dixon Smith took command of Navy…
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Bay region lags in preparing for rise in coastal flooding

Bay Journal News - December 16, 2014 - 1:02am
This is part of a series of articles — produced by the Bay Journal and Chesapeake Quarterly, the magazine of Maryland Sea Grant — which explores the impacts of, and policies related to, sea level rise around the Bay. When Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey shore and flooded…
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Bay region lags in preparing for rise in coastal flooding

Bay Journal News - December 16, 2014 - 1:02am
This is part of a series of articles — produced by the Bay Journal and Chesapeake Quarterly, the magazine of Maryland Sea Grant — which explores the impacts of, and policies related to, sea level rise around the Bay. When Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey shore and flooded…
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Bufflehead’s existence reveals flicker of truth in depending on others

Bay Journal News - December 15, 2014 - 9:13am
Framed by the sweeping curve of the Bay Bridge’s western end, the Chesapeake’s blue-black waters stretched before us like a velvet display cloth. Twenty yards off shore, the ducks looked like living jewels on this brilliantly sunny afternoon. As we watched, the small flock of tiny…
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How do we reach the other 99 percent?

Bay Journal News - December 15, 2014 - 2:21am
It may be an exaggeration to say that only 1 percent of our population is actively involved in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay—perhaps it only seems that way. Nonetheless, it should be clear that there remains a whole lot more to do, and more people need to lend a hand. This will be…
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Gov. McAuliffe selected to head Chesapeake Executive Council

Bay Journal News - December 15, 2014 - 12:18am
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been selected to chair the Chesapeake Executive Council, the policy-making panel that guides Bay restoration efforts. He takes the place of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who leaves office at the end of his second term in January. “I am humbled…
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Congress approves bill requiring outside evaluator, increased budget reporting, for Bay Program

Bay Journal News - December 15, 2014 - 12:09am
A bill that requires greater reporting of federal Bay-related activities as well as the creation of an independent outside evaluator to report on Chesapeake Bay progress was approved by Congress in December. The legislation, various forms of which have been advanced by Rep. Rob Wittman, R-VA,…
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Soil biologist dares farmers to use more microscopes, less fertilizer

Bay Journal News - December 11, 2014 - 7:21pm
In the first ten minutes of her presentation in an auditorium filled with farmers, Dr. Elaine Ingham systematically debunked the soil tests on which their farming profession has long relied. “I really have come to doubt that they are useful at all,” said Ingham, a globally recognized…
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Holland Island: one photo tells a tale

Bay Journal News - December 11, 2014 - 5:12pm
For Come High Water, the sea-level rise package that Bay Journal staff produced with Maryland Sea Grant’s Chesapeake Quarterly, four reporters fanned out across Maryland and Virginia to tell the story of rising waters. With the help of our editors, our layout artists and graphics guru Sandy…
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Highland Beach rainwater measures have other communities seeing green

Bay Journal News - December 11, 2014 - 2:19am
Before Maryland lawmakers even discussed a stormwater fee, the leaders of Highland Beach were on the case. They had turned the town hall of their 100-home hamlet south of Annapolis into an energy-efficient showcase, only the second building in the state to attain LEED Platinum Status from the…
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Virginia to appoint climate resiliency coordinator and teams to tackle climate change

Bay Journal News - December 11, 2014 - 12:45am
The governor-appointed commission charged with Virginia’s climate change planning is recommending that Brian Moran, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, be appointed “chief resilience officer.” The role will be to serve as a single point of contact for…
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Discussing the ‘green ceiling’ on air

Bay Journal News - December 10, 2014 - 6:34pm
After reading our article on the 'green ceiling' and a lack of ethnic diversity at environmental organizations, The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA in Baltimore decided to do a segment on the topic on Tuesday. I joined the conversation around the lunch hour, and you can listen to it…
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Conservation districts increasingly serving urban areas

Bay Journal News - December 10, 2014 - 2:11am
Martin Johnson works for the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, but his days are not spent talking to cattle farmers about alternative watering practices or promoting buffer planting between fields and streams. Johnson is one of an increasing number of “urban…
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Conservation districts increasingly serving urban areas

Bay Journal News - December 10, 2014 - 2:11am
Martin Johnson works for the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, but his days are not spent talking to cattle farmers about alternative watering practices or promoting buffer planting between fields and streams. Johnson is one of an increasing number of “urban…
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Chesapeake’s winter visitors include a couple of loons

Bay Journal News - December 8, 2014 - 4:30pm
Most people in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are not familiar with loons. Yet two species — the common loon and red-throated loon — can be spotted here during the winter months. Loons are the submarines of the bird world. Webbed feet gracefully propel this bird underwater, giving the…
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Churches signing up to be stewards of the land

Bay Journal News - December 8, 2014 - 4:22pm
One thing most have come to accept more and more in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is that future success will require broad support from and actions by all sectors of the Chesapeake watershed community. One sector of the community that a source of environmental advocacy and education are…
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Churches signing up to be stewards of the land

Bay Journal News - December 8, 2014 - 4:22pm
One thing most have come to accept more and more in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort is that future success will require broad support from and actions by all sectors of the Chesapeake watershed community. One sector of the community that a source of environmental advocacy and education are…
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Local governments have a role to play in new Bay agreement

Bay Journal News - December 8, 2014 - 4:17pm
On June 16, a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was signed by the governors of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia; the mayor of the District of Columbia; the EPA administrator; and the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. While local governments are not…
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Local governments have a role to play in new Bay agreement

Bay Journal News - December 8, 2014 - 4:17pm
On June 16, a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was signed by the governors of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia; the mayor of the District of Columbia; the EPA administrator; and the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission. While local governments are not…
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