Environment

Joel McCord / WYPR

The hulking liquefied natural gas terminal at Cove Point in Calvert County stretches more than a mile into Chesapeake Bay. It has been almost dormant for years, serving mostly as a home for osprey.

On the side of a mountain road in Pennsylvania's Tiadaghton State Forest, I'm trying to avoid a steady stream of heavy truck traffic. Acres of freshly cut tree stumps stretch out in front of me.

Kevin Heatley lives in the area and has come to these woods for years to hike. He's an ecologist by trade and he's concerned about what he's seeing.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun talk about the air monitoring plan for the Harbor Point project and why regulators told the developer to revise their first proposal.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun talk about the chromium contamination near the Harbor Point project in Baltimore, and what experts and regulators think about it.

Craig Strachan via flickr

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has turned back the farm industry’s efforts to toss out the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan—known as a “pollution diet”—in a decision that may have national implications.

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As the focus of the Harbor Point project moves to the construction phase, some residents in nearby Fells Point are concerned about the safety of building on the cap that seals in contaminants from the old Allied Chemical plant.  

The Baltimore City Council is expected to give final approval Monday evening to new fees to raise money to upgrade stormwater systems.

Fraser Smith / WYPR

 

Last summer’s derecho was definitely an ill wind, but maybe it had an upside. The leafy greens of spring seem greener and lusher. An unexpected gift from the derecho? “There could be some truth to that," says the city arborist, Erik Dihle. "For example, if some limbs are lost, the trees will sprout and come out with additional flush of new growth between the break and where a branch is broken off. Trees have hormones just like people do, and the hormonal system  will signal to the  growing points of the trees to flush out with new growth,” he says.

Chesapeake Bay Program

The Chesapeake Bay’s underwater grasses, vital to life in America’s largest estuary, have declined for the third year in a row, Bay scientists announced today. The grasses, which help juvenile crabs hide from predators, slow erosion and filter pollution from the water, had been staging a slow comeback in the first few years of this century. But traumatic weather events have cut the beds back to 1986 levels.

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On the morning after the General Assembly adjourned, Governor Martin O’Malley signed scores of bills into law, grouping them in a category of creating jobs. The highlight of the bill crop was O’Malley’s proposal to encourage development of wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City.

 

“The heart of all new job creation really is innovation, innovation in terms of the things we make and how we make them. In this case, renewable energy.”

 

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