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04.14.10

 

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service

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.

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.

03.23.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, March 23, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - A bill filed late in the House of Delegates would require the Department of Natural Resources to establish oyster sanctuaries in half of the viable habitat and create a more specific fishery management plan for oysters -- and place a moratorium on oyster harvesting until those goals are met.

03.16.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - The state attorney general and some legislators in both houses are backing a ban on arsenic in chicken feed, a move they say will help poultry farmers and the environment.

But industry representatives say the measure would disadvantage Maryland farmers and result in more sick chickens.

03.12.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Friday, March 12, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - For 20 years, Roy Rafter made his living as a waterman, catching fish, crabs and oysters. Now, Rafter spends hours in a dark boat, working to catch poachers.

"It's kind of like fishing. Sometimes you catch them, sometimes you don't," said Rafter, a Natural Resources Police corporal, as he finished up a predawn patrol of the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday morning.

03.09.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Watermen converged on the State House on Tuesday to voice their support for bills that would drastically diminish the Department of Natural Resources' ability to regulate oyster harvesting.

03.05.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Friday, March 5, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - The chairman of Perdue Farms called a lawsuit against one of the company's contract farms "one of the largest threats to the family farm in the last 50 years," and asked Maryland's Eastern Shore delegation to help.

03.02.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - A coalition of environmental groups is suing Perdue Farms Inc. and a farm that contracts with Perdue, saying the farm illegally discharged "harmful pollution" into the Pocomoke River.

02.26.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Friday, February 26, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - About 40 Eastern Shore chicken houses collapsed under the weight of the recent snow, and now the Maryland Department of the Environment is giving farmers the option to burn the wood debris instead of hauling it to the landfill.

02.17.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - As Grant Corbin testified to a House of Delegates committee Wednesday, he held up a rusty metal plate about the size of a dining tray.

"If this is the devil, then I'm not scared of the devil," he said.

Corbin, of Deal Island, was one of about 30 watermen who traveled to Annapolis in support of legislation that would allow the use of "devil divers" in oyster dredging.

The diver is a plate that fastens to the dredge and uses water pressure to keep the dredge on the bottom, Corbin said.

02.16.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. said his bill to create a Chesapeake Conservation Corps accomplishes the second of the two most important legislative priorities this year: balancing the budget and creating jobs.

But Sen. Andy Harris, R-Baltimore County, says it fails at the first.

Miller, D-Calvert, touted his bill at a Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday, saying it is "about creating jobs for young people."

02.03.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - There are many high-tech ways to save money and conserve energy. This isn't one of them.

Hanging laundry out to dry is a time-tested, easy way to cut utility bills, said Sen. Nancy King, D-Montgomery. Wednesday she urged the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to support a measure that would give all Marylanders the right to dry their clothes the old-fashioned way.

02.02.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Child and family advocates, nurses, environmental organizations and business representatives Tuesday urged a Maryland House committee to support a bill banning a common chemical from infant and children's products.

The bill would prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of products containing bisphenol-A, for children younger than 4.

01.28.10

By JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Thursday, January 28, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Raymond Combs and his family have been trying to get permits to raise oysters for the last three years.

They started growing a few oysters in a tributary near their home in Hollywood and would eventually like to have at least a 5-acre aquaculture site. But their plan stalled when they learned that just applying for an aquaculture permit is $750, and the application and impact fees could total $90,000.

01.19.10

ANNAPOLIS - More than 150 watermen took a day off from the water Tuesday to protest a proposed oyster restoration plan and support a bill they say will help them hang on to their livelihood.