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11.24.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Tuesday, November 24, 2009

EDMONSTON - This tiny town of 1,500, is soon to join the ranks of the country's environmentally elite -- towns like Seattle and Portland -- with the reconstruction of Decatur Street into a new green street.

11.20.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, November 20, 2009

BALTIMORE - A new long-term partnership between the Port of Baltimore and the largest terminal operator in the country, Ports America, will bring 5,700 jobs and $15.7 million in annual revenue for Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday.

The long-term lease of Seagirt Marine Terminal leaves ownership of the facility in the hands of the state and the day-to-day management of the terminal to Ports America Chesapeake.

11.06.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, November 6, 2009

WASHINGTON - The parking lots of Queen Anne's County's Bloomfield Farm will soon be modeling the latest in a series of efforts by the county to battle stormwater runoff pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

10.29.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, October 30, 2009

WASHINGTON - The Chesapeake Bay is slated to get $50 million in funding thanks to an appropriations bill that passed the Senate last night and awaits President Obama's signature.

10.22.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, October 23, 2009

BALTIMORE - By 9:30 a.m., Jeff Everhart has already swept the harbor once, searching for floating detritus washed into the harbor from the surrounding area.

"It's a pretty slow day," he says. He turns slightly off course so the boat can gulp up a floating white plastic bag. "On an average day it's like this here ... If it rains, then you fill this boat up two or three times."

10.22.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, October 23, 2009

HAVRE DE GRACE - Biologists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources stood knee deep in cold water Friday afternoon, pawing through the contents of a seine net, searching for a species of fish that many believe could be extinct.

They tossed brightly colored leaves unceremoniously back into the stream at Susquehanna State Park in Havre de Grace, but each tiny fish was inspected. There were plenty of them -- many of them belonging to the darter family.

10.15.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Friday, October 16, 2009

LUSBY - The shining black Labrador retriever's tail snapped back and forth like a flag in the wind as he jumped happily in the tall grass -- Blu completed his mission and gleefully attacked a black Kong toy in a victory dance.

"Good boy!" said Blu's handler, Department of Natural Resources Police Officer Curt Dieterle, retrieving the unloaded gun that had been pitched into the tall grass minutes earlier while 5-year-old Blu was still in the truck.

10.13.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WASHINGTON - The head of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Wednesday implored Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin not to set local governments up for failure with his new Chesapeake Bay bill.

09.24.09

When John Smith traveled the bay 400 years ago, he wrote that oysters, "lay as thick as stones," and that sturgeon were plentiful -- "more than could be devoured by dog or man."

09.16.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Thursday, September 17, 2009

WASHINGTON - Algae blooms and dead zones in America's waterways -- including the Chesapeake Bay -- represent a significant health risk for Americans, as well as a threat to the nation's economy, said Robert Magnien, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Silver Spring-based Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research.

09.08.09

By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Tuesday, September 8, 2009

WASHINGTON - Environmental activists pretended to build tiny wind turbines in the Hart Senate Office Building here Tuesday to call attention to clean energy legislation on the same day senators were set to return from their August recess.

"We're holding this creative demonstration to welcome the Senate back," said Anne Havemann, of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, one of the organizations sponsoring the rally. Avaaz Climate Action Factory and the Energy Action Coalition also sponsored the event.