Chesapeake Bay

  Environmentalists saw a victory last week when congress allocated close to 11 million dollars of the 2016-spending bill for land conservation along the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

For the past four years environmentalists from the region have been urging Congress to permanently protect close to 15,000 acres of land in the watershed.

Joel Dunn, the President and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy based in Annapolis says 35 nonprofits, four Indian tribes, five governors, nine U.S. Senators and 17 members of the house, put together a large proposal to protect vital areas along the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Captain John Smith trail.

The Latest Strategies For Bay Clean-up

Mar 17, 2015
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The Chesapeake Bay Program, that multi-state, multi-federal agency partnership working on bay restoration, released Monday the latest set of draft strategies to guide the next steps in restoring America’s largest estuary to the health it once enjoyed.

IMP: Hogan Versus The Environmental Groups

Jan 28, 2015

Barely four hours into office, Governor Larry Hogan angered environmental groups by withdrawing phosphorus regulations they had been seeking for years.  Fraser Smith talks to WYPR's News Director, Joel McCord about environmental policy, the new governor and how The Chesapeake Bay will fare. 

Chesapeake Bay is Getting Better, Sort Of

Jan 5, 2015
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The water is clearer, the underwater grasses are coming back and so are the oysters, if only incrementally, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s latest report on America’s largest estuary.

Pollution is declining and the dead zones are shrinking. And that’s all to the good. But two of the bay’s iconic species—crabs and rockfish—are in trouble. And the scores for other indicators, such as wetlands, toxics and nitrogen pollution did not change.

What Proposed Phosphorus Rules Mean For Marylanders

Nov 21, 2014
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In an "11th hour" move, Governor O'Malley put forth rules to tighten regulations on phosphorus that runs off into the Chesapeake Bay. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun talk about what this means for farmers, the Bay, and why O'Malley made the decision when he did.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Peter Jensen of the Baltimore Sun talk about phosphorus levels in the Chesapeake Bay and the uncertain status of proposed rules to more tightly regulate poultry manure.

City and County Pick It Up; Litter That Is

Jul 23, 2014
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Baltimore City and County are fighting a common enemy these days: trash.  Both are finding ways to keep their foe out of the streams and rivers that flow through the two jurisdictions and into the Chesapeake Bay.

In the county, a series of booms guide those potato chip bags and fast food wrappers that wash into the Back River from Herring Run to the shoreline off Diamond Point Road in Essex. The booms, installed four years ago, are one piece of the anti-trash strategy.

Joel McCord / WYPR

Federal geologists once warned that the silt trapped behind Conowingo dam was “a time bomb,” threatening to choke the life out of Chesapeake Bay. The mass of muck piled up behind the dam over the years is enough to fill M&T Bank Stadium 80 times over. And a major storm could hurl tons of it through the flood gates down river and into the bay, destroying grass beds and suffocating oyster bars.

STEM Learning Gets Fishy On Fox Island

Mar 14, 2014
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Educators from around the country have adopted environmental literacy and science, engineering and technology (STEM) programs as part of a grass roots movement to get kids outside and learning.

The history of the Chesapeake Bay oyster hasn't always been a pure one. So you could forgive a chef for being skeptical about the big bivalve comeback being staged in D.C. and the surrounding area this winter as oyster season gets underway.

But many mid-Atlantic chefs are actually cheering. That's because a major public-private effort to re-establish the oyster as a quality local food product — as well as a weapon against water pollution — seems to be working.