Content about Chesapeake Bay

09.28.11

ANNAPOLIS – A pilot program to install tracking devices on some commercial fishing boats in the Chesapeake Bay may go into effect next year.

The program – which will be discussed at two open houses next week along with proposed fishing regulations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service – would be voluntary for commercial fishermen. But vessel monitoring systems may ultimately be required to discourage illegal fishing in Maryland, said Tom O’Connell, director of DNR’s fisheries service.

09.15.11

By GREG MASTERS Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- Biologists Andrew Watts and Alice Volpitta navigated the muddy, junk-strewn waters of the Chesapeake Bay, testing water quality and finding out just how much dirt and debris the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped into the bay.

Stopping their small boat near the mouth of the Patapsco River recently, Watts and Volpitta, who work for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, tested water clarity by measuring the Secchi depth, or how deep a disk could be dropped before it disappeared.

09.07.11

Hurricane Irene brought destruction to the mid-Atlantic region, but it also had a positive impact on the Chesapeake Bay, stirring the waters and allowing oxygen into the vast dead zone that stretches from Baltimore to Virginia.

09.02.11

By GREG MASTERS Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- Most of Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting Sunday after a weeklong closure, but waters at the mouth of the Patapsco River will stay off limits due to a ruptured pipeline that continues to spew millions of gallons of waste into the river.

05.06.11

The fruit of a third of the work done by state agencies, organizations and fisheries to restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is being stolen through illegal harvesting, according to biologists who research oyster beds in the bay.

03.28.11

By Kerry Davis Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS -- A bevy of poaching bills is making its way through the House and Senate, highlighting divisions among lawmakers who are trying to address poaching problems in different ways.

03.04.11

This year's fishing season has seen the largest rockfish poaching bust in more than 20 years. Officers found nearly 13 tons of illegally caught fish over the next few weeks, sometimes working 18-hour days to haul in nets.

02.18.11

ANNAPOLIS -- A Maryland delegate intends to file a bill Monday that would add up to two years of jail time to a list of penalties for first-time rockfish poachers.

01.13.11

By LAURA E. LEE Capital News Service Thursday, January 13, 2011

COLLEGE PARK - Local and state governments could see stormwater management fees from the federal government in "a matter of weeks," Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Thursday about a new law he co-sponsored.

12.03.10

By NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Friday, December 3, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland submitted its final "pollution diet" plan Friday, which details how the state will achieve Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals five years earlier than mandated by the federal government.

11.12.10

By LINDSAY POWERS and NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Friday, November 12, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Elementary, middle and high school students are enjoying the company of diamondback terrapins in their classrooms as part of the Terrapin Connection program run by the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville.

However, the interaction goes beyond just cleaning and feeding a classroom pet.

10.14.10

By NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Friday, October 15, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - As a restoration scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Rob Schnabel shuttles around Western Maryland in his hybrid car persuading farmers to switch to grazing -- which is healthier, eco-friendly and more profitable than confinement farming, where cows are kept in stalls and injected with antibiotics.

09.24.10
By LAURA L. THORNTON Capital News Service   WASHINGTON - Nitrogen and phosphorus continue to pollute waterways across the nation, according to a briefing by the United States Geological Society Friday.  
04.20.10

By Ben Giles Maryland Newsline

SMITH ISLAND, Md. - Capt. Larry Laird ferries passengers and cargo to and from Smith Island twice a day, each time navigating the narrow channel that grants passage to his boat through the shallow Chesapeake Bay waters.

 A wrong turn to the left or right, and he’ll run his vessel aground.

04.16.10

By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Thursday, April 15, 2010

WASHINGTON - Maryland's "difficult" decisions to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay are beginning to pay off, the state's congressional delegation was told Thursday, but there's still a long way to go.

04.14.10

 

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service

04.09.10

By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Friday, April 9, 2010

CAMBRIDGE - Rep. Frank Kratovil is diving into a key issue in his district, hoping to learn more about Chesapeake Bay oysters and efforts to save them.

Kratovil, D-Stevensville, went out on the Choptank River late Friday morning with some of Maryland's watermen and environmental scientists to watch how they study and restore oysters.

04.07.10

By MORGAN GIBSON and JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Despite 25 years of restoration and protection efforts, the Chesapeake Bay's health is still bad and making only slight improvements, according to an assessment released Wednesday.

04.07.10

By BRADY HOLT Capital News Service Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland's watermen returned to Annapolis Wednesday to support a bill that would increase penalties on oyster poachers and delay the state from designating additional portions of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries as oyster sanctuaries.

03.31.10

By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WASHINGTON - Maryland environmental groups were outraged over President Obama's announcement Wednesday lifting the 20-year ban on offshore drilling, saying the move could have disastrous effects on the Chesapeake Bay.

03.30.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland fishermen say new federal regulations on sea scallops benefit large fishing companies in New England -- and put small boats out of business.

03.10.10

By ADAM KERLIN Capital News Service Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - The General Assembly has been reluctant to raise taxes in an election year, but 39 legislators across both chambers are cosponsoring an act that would place a 5-cent tax on disposable carryout bags.

02.17.10

By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WASHINGTON- "Snowpocalypse" removal methods won't hurt the Chesapeake Bay as they flow downstream, but spring showers are another matter, experts say.

The salt poured on snow-covered roads is not a problem for the brackish bay because it is a mixture of salt and fresh water. What hurts are the plastic bags, oil, animal manure, dirt and trash that flow into the Chesapeake every spring.

01.20.10

By ADAM KERLIN Capital News Service Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - More farming, not less, will be the key to improving the Chesapeake Bay's water quality, according to a report released by the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the state of Pennsylvania Wednesday.