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Corps, oyster farmers discuss how to streamline leasing process

Bay Journal News - August 25, 2015 - 11:48pm
Maryland oyster farmers have long said that growing the shellfish is the easy part of their job. The hard part:  all of the bureaucratic red tape they have to wade through to obtain their leases in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and…
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Executive Council addresses forests, riparian practices, funding

Bay Journal News - August 25, 2015 - 1:56pm
Each year, representatives from across the watershed join together to guide the Chesapeake Bay Program’s policy agenda and set conservation and restoration goals for the partnership. This group, known as the Chesapeake Executive Council, is made up of the governors from each of the…
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Prince George’s County makes 3 DC-area bans on coal tar sealants

Bay Journal News - August 25, 2015 - 1:45pm
Another Maryland county has made it illegal to use coal tar pavement products that are known to contribute pollutants to area streams and the Chesapeake Bay, becoming the third municipality in the region to do so. Prince George’s County joined the District of Columbia and Montgomery…
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Most Bay rivers, except Potomac, report lowest shad runs in years

Bay Journal News - August 25, 2015 - 1:37pm
Many Bay tributaries saw their weakest shad runs in years — perhaps ever — this spring as the silvery fish continues to struggle to make a comeback around the Chesapeake and along the East Coast. Data show the James, York and Susquehanna rivers had their worst American shad spawning…
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York, PA, students immerse themselves in BWET stream program

Bay Journal News - August 25, 2015 - 1:26am
The fifth graders stood atop the high bank of Willis Run, barely 10 feet wide, as it poured out of Kiwanis Lake — actually a large concrete-lined pond in the middle of York, PA. A storm drainpipe stuck out of an adjacent bridge abutment, waiting for the next rainfall to add to the…
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Montgomery County taking the farm to school this year

Bay Journal News - August 24, 2015 - 12:24pm
It’s not easy to get thousands of children out of school, onto busses and onto farms, even if those farms are located in the same county. So, after preserving 93,000 acres for agricultural purposes in Montgomery County, MD, and proclaiming that “non-farm” youths should learn…
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Casey Tree Farm working to grow DC’s canopy, one tree at a time

Bay Journal News - August 20, 2015 - 12:49am
Sorting through a pile of scraggly tree roots in early June, Brian Mayell conducted a quick autopsy. “On none of these, to me, does it look like the root system was the culprit,” he said. That’s good news for the general manager of Casey Tree Farm, who, among other duties, is…
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Water testing partnership finding high bacteria counts in popular swimming areas

Bay Journal News - August 19, 2015 - 2:19am
Is it safe to swim in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries? Depends on who you are, and whom you ask. Under the 2000 Beach Act, the EPA required states to establish water quality criteria for beaches. States and counties are supposed to test the beaches regularly and post warnings when the…
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Here’s one shore way to help restore Bay’s blue crab wild fishery

Bay Journal News - August 18, 2015 - 1:23pm
We’re closing on 40 years since William Warner, a New York-New Jersey boy, awakened us Chesapeake natives to the fascinating commerce, ecology and sociology attached to Callinectes sapidus, that beautiful swimmer, the blue crab. Perhaps it took an outsider to appreciate what us born-heres…
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Leakin Park rises from the dead

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2015 - 11:06pm
Leakin Park, on Baltimore’s western fringe, is one of the largest urban woodland parks on the East Coast. It includes a 15-mile biking trail, a nature center, several restored historic structures and sweeping views of the Gywnns Falls. There is a mansion, art walk, old waterwheel and plenty…
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Leakin Park rises from the dead

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2015 - 11:06pm
Leakin Park, on Baltimore’s western fringe, is one of the largest urban woodland parks on the East Coast. It includes a 15-mile biking trail, a nature center, several restored historic structures and sweeping views of the Gywnns Falls. There is a mansion, art walk, old waterwheel and plenty…
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Casey Tree Farm working to grow DC’s canopy, one tree at a time

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2015 - 2:07pm
Sorting through a pile of scraggly tree roots in early June, Brian Mayell conducted a quick autopsy. “On none of these, to me, does it look like the root system was the culprit,” he said. That’s good news for the general manager of Casey Tree Farm, who, among other duties, is…
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Water testing partnership finding high bacteria counts in popular swimming areas

Bay Journal News - August 17, 2015 - 12:46pm
Is it safe to swim in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries? Depends on who you are, and whom you ask. Under the 2000 Beach Act, the EPA required states to establish water quality criteria for beaches. States and counties are supposed to test the beaches regularly and post warnings when the…
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Somerset County, MD, considering tighter zoning regulations for poultry houses

Bay Journal News - August 12, 2015 - 11:21pm
The Somerset County Planning Commission is considering tighter zoning regulations for poultry houses, but has rejected both a moratorium on building proposed new houses that are much larger than current poultry houses and a health ordinance that would have allowed prosecution for violations as…
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Somerset County, MD, considering tighter zoning regulations for poulty houses

Bay Journal News - August 12, 2015 - 11:21pm
The Somerset County Planning Commission is considering tighter zoning regulations for poultry houses, but has rejected both a moratorium on building proposed new houses that are much larger than current poultry houses and a health ordinance that would have allowed prosecution for violations as…
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An overlooked paddler’s paradise

Bay Journal News - August 10, 2015 - 2:19pm
If you want to paddle where few have paddled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Monie Bay with its three marked water trails — and potential for freelance exploring — is worth a day trip. The paddler sign-in log where we put in near Deal Island, about 20 miles south and west of…
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An overlooked paddler’s paradise

Bay Journal News - August 10, 2015 - 2:19pm
If you want to paddle where few have paddled on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Monie Bay with its three marked water trails — and potential for freelance exploring — is worth a day trip. The paddler sign-in log where we put in near Deal Island, about 20 miles south and west of…
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New technology helps Chesapeake anglers track – and conserve – their catch

Bay Journal News - August 10, 2015 - 2:15pm
Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and its many rivers, creeks and streams is a cherished pastime for countless local residents. Whether a seasoned angler or an excited novice, you can’t beat the thrill of being on the water with a fish on. People who love to fish want to make sure there are…
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Delmarva paddle designed to help new Bay leaders navigate future efforts

Bay Journal News - August 10, 2015 - 1:58pm
When Don Baugh and Tom Horton decided to circumnavigate the Delmarva Peninsula on kayaks a decade ago, they considered the trip as a birthday present to themselves. Horton, a veteran Bay writer and Bay Journal columnist, had just turned 60. Baugh, a longtime outdoor educator at the Chesapeake Bay…
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Delmarva paddle designed to help new Bay leaders navigate future efforts

Bay Journal News - August 10, 2015 - 1:58pm
When Don Baugh and Tom Horton decided to circumnavigate the Delmarva Peninsula on kayaks a decade ago, they considered the trip as a birthday present to themselves. Horton, a veteran Bay writer and Bay Journal columnist, had just turned 60. Baugh, a longtime outdoor educator at the Chesapeake Bay…
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