Sep 26, 2012

Building oyster habitat one dome at a time

COOK POINT — “Watch your toes.” Not proffered advice but a command shouted over the hum of a crane, this is Capt. Lloyd Lewis’ go-to phrase on the Patricia Campbell as the crew drops 100-pound concrete domes, called reef balls, into the water. On Friday, Lewis and other volunteers hoisted around 50 reef balls at […]

Jul 31, 2012

Va. researchers monitor red algae blooms in bay

YORKTOWN, Va. — Researchers in Virginia are keeping an eye on red algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay. The blooms suck oxygen from the water. That makes it difficult for marine life to survive. They are driven by warm water and excessive nutrients, and typically occur in the lower Chesapeake Bay in July or August. […]

Sep 26, 2011

Report challenging Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan questioned

A new assessment has found fatal flaws in an agriculture industry report calling for a halt in the new federally-led bay restoration strategy. The report said the strategy should be delayed until differences can be resolved between models developed by the Chesapeake Bay Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The assessment released Monday by […]

Sep 20, 2011

Maryland DNR crews monitor Bay water after storms

Crews from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources went out into the Chesapeake Bay Tuesday afternoon, near Sandy Point State Park, to survey the water quality following the recent Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. The DNR crews will test fresh water levels, change in temperatures and will also collect nutrients to test their concentrations.

Aug 9, 2011

Study: Crab population beginning to rebound

Big male crabs fetch the highest prices, but when it comes to ensuring the Chesapeake Bay will continue to produce those No. 1 males, researchers are increasingly paying attention to how many females are harvested. A new assessment released Tuesday recommends how many female crabs should be in the bay to maintain a sustainable population. […]

May 25, 2011

Chesapeake Bay Foundation fighting back in court

ANNAPOLIS — Environmental groups led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced Wednesday that they are asking a federal judge to allow them to join a court fight over Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The bay advocacy and other groups said they are seeking to side with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in the dispute with farm […]

May 9, 2011

New data shows Chesapeake streams in bad health

Most streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are in poor condition or worse. That’s according to new data released Monday by the Chesapeake Bay Program, the regional partnership that leads restoration efforts. Sampling of nearly 8,000 stream sites between 2000 and 2008 found 55 percent were in poor or very poor condition. Twenty-seven percent were […]

Mar 28, 2011

Chesapeake advocates target lawn fertilizer

The park where Sen. Ben Cardin and environmentalists gathered Monday to report on lawn fertilizer’s harmful effects on the Chesapeake Bay made the point for them: The lawn includes a grassy patch on a pier jutting over the harbor where any excess fertilizer threatens to run into the harbor and help fuel oxygen-robbing algae growing […]

Nov 10, 2010

Dock of the Bay restaurant faces $5K fine for live music, karaoke

A Millers Island restaurant must remove from its premises a speaker system that amplifies live music and karaoke or face a $5,000 fine, a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge ordered Wednesday. Dock of the Bay was found last month to be in contempt of a court order forbidding it from playing live music or karaoke, […]

Oct 19, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Foundation opposes extension

ANNAPOLIS — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says it opposes calls to extend the public comment period for the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake restoration strategy. A home builder’s group called on the EPA on Monday to extend the public comment period, following a letter sent on Friday by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and other members […]

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