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Will oyster aquaculture clean up the Potomac? Not so fast

Bay Journal News - April 16, 2014 - 10:04pm
A recent study has some folks thinking that oyster aquaculture could be the solution for nitrogen pollution in the Bay. A study recently produced by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that significant water quality…
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Public access authorities preserving coastal access in VA

Bay Journal News - April 16, 2014 - 1:35am
State Road 110 in Gloucester County ends in a small parking lot, crowded in between modest homes to one side and Belvins Seafood warehouse on the other. There’s parking for eight cars, a boat ramp and a commercial wharf that’s recently been expanded to accommodate up to 15 boats.…
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Virginia Environmental Symposium gives Bay Journal writer optimisim

Bay Journal News - April 16, 2014 - 1:34am
Every April for the last 25 years, environmental professionals have gathered at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, to get current with conservation efforts, policies and regulations, industry innovations, academic insights, and restoration activities that affect the…
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Cherry blossoms bring tourists, loads of trash to D.C.

Bay Journal News - April 14, 2014 - 5:02pm
My husband and I had just flown back into Reagan National Airport in Alexandria on Sunday afternoon to be greeted by the cherry blossoms — and tourism season — in full bloom. It's a lovely sight, if you're not stuck in a taxi trying to get home.  When we did finally make…
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Cherry blossoms bring tourists, loads of trash to D.C.

Bay Journal News - April 14, 2014 - 5:02pm
My husband and I had just flown back into Reagan National Airport in Alexandria on Sunday afternoon to be greeted by the cherry blossoms — and tourism season — in full bloom. It's a lovely sight, if you're not stuck in a taxi trying to get home.  When we did finally make…
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Virginia attorney general backs EPA in Bay cleanup

Bay Journal News - April 13, 2014 - 11:39pm
Virginia has become the first state to side with the Environmental Protection Agency in the ongoing legal challenge of the agency’s authority to establish the Bay cleanup plan. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Feb. 9 filed a friend of the court brief saying that the agency had…
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Rein in the Rain!

Bay Journal News - April 13, 2014 - 8:09pm
April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring stormwater runoff. With a little effort and planning, though, those flowers can help to stem runoff when planted in a rain garden. It is estimated that a rain garden can absorb 30 percent more water than a conventional lawn of the same size.…
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Core sediments reveal when a wetter Bay was wildly healthier

Bay Journal News - April 13, 2014 - 7:38pm
It’s common knowledge that the healthy Chesapeake Bay described by John Smith in 1608 was greener, its forest extending across more than 90 percent of its six-state watershed. Less appreciated is how much soggier, boggier, swampier and wetter that good, green watershed was. Beavers that…
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Upper James Water Trail

Bay Journal News - April 12, 2014 - 9:52pm
At the request of their guide, John Mays of Twin River Outfitters, the paddlers pulled over to a scrap of beach on the James River just below a short cobble-strewn rapid. Across the river, a floodplain abutted the steep rise of a mountain. Buchanan, VA, was only a few bends upriver, but it…
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With river in his blood, Fred Tutman stands his ground wholeheartedly

Bay Journal News - April 11, 2014 - 1:40pm
Fred Tutman’s office’s backyard features a postcard-perfect view of his beloved Patuxent River. Clumps of brown spatterdock are turning tan, creating a lovely marshy look as the late afternoon sun dips. Boats glide through the channel, their captains waving as they pass. The first…
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With river in his blood, Fred Tutman stands his ground wholeheartedly

Bay Journal News - April 11, 2014 - 1:40pm
Fred Tutman’s office’s backyard features a postcard-perfect view of his beloved Patuxent River. Clumps of brown spatterdock are turning tan, creating a lovely marshy look as the late afternoon sun dips. Boats glide through the channel, their captains waving as they pass. The first…
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Maryland’s Program Open Space takes cuts, avoids a cap

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 3:58pm
Maryland’s Program Open Space limped out of state legislature conferences on Monday after it avoided a cap that would have restricted how much the state would have to spend on land conservation, but with a 50-percent cut to its potential funding. The program is funded by a…
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Maryland’s Program Open Space takes cuts, avoids a cap

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 3:58pm
Maryland’s Program Open Space limped out of state legislature conferences on Monday after it avoided a cap that would have restricted how much the state would have to spend on land conservation, but with a 50-percent cut to its potential funding. The program is funded by a…
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Crawling toward infections

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 1:38pm
Ah, Fourth of July in a small town. Fireworks. Parades. Tasty treats. The spread of disease from amphibian to amphibian. Come again? Every year, towns across this great region used to have a frog and turtle derby. Kids and adults would go out into the wild, catch turtles, and race them.…
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Crawling toward infections

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 1:38pm
Ah, Fourth of July in a small town. Fireworks. Parades. Tasty treats. The spread of disease from amphibian to amphibian. Come again? Every year, towns across this great region used to have a frog and turtle derby. Kids and adults would go out into the wild, catch turtles, and race them.…
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Potomac Watershed Roundtable Considers Fracking in the Taylorsville Basin

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 2:59am
Last minute cancellations from two of the presenters on hydraulic fracturing in the Taylorsville Basin at the April 4, 2014, meeting of the Potomac Watershed Roundtable transformed what was to have been a panel discussion into a one-woman slide presentation from one of its members, Ruby…
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Potomac Watershed Roundtable Considers Fracking in the Taylorsville Basin

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 2:59am
Last minute cancellations from two of the presenters on hydraulic fracturing in the Taylorsville Basin at the April 4, 2014, meeting of the Potomac Watershed Roundtable transformed what was to have been a panel discussion into a one-woman slide presentation  from one of its members, Ruby…
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Scientists: New Bay goals should be based on results, not numbers

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 1:05am
Over the last year, Bay Program officials have been immersed in setting quantifiable objectives to include in a new Bay agreement. How many acres of wetlands should be restored? How many acres of forest buffers planted? Even how many blue crabs should be in the Bay. But scientists advising the…
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Scientists: New Bay goals should be based on results, not numbers

Bay Journal News - April 8, 2014 - 1:05am
Over the last year, Bay Program officials have been immersed in setting quantifiable objectives to include in a new Bay agreement. How many acres of wetlands should be restored? How many acres of forest buffers planted? Even how many blue crabs should be in the Bay. But scientists advising the…
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Nature’s magic transforms a wasteland

Bay Journal News - April 7, 2014 - 6:39pm
When I was girl, I played in a strip mine, a place I  walk in my dreams to this day. It was a small mountain of industrial waste, but I didn’t see it that way. The crumbling heap of coal spoil rose like a steep wall across the road from my great grandparents’ cabin in western…
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