2019

An Archive of Articles from 2019

June 2019
Near-Record Dead Zone Forecast for Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico
The Virginian-Pilot

Maryland Estimate for Seawalls Against Rising Tides: $27 Billion
Baltimore Sun

Opinion: Wall Street, Government Need to Put More Stock in Bay's Economic Value
Bay Journal

Groups Criticize State Budget Shifting $10M from Environmntal Fund
WESA 90.5

Maryland Awards $30.9 Million to Improve Water Quality and Increase Resilience
DNR

Sampling Initiative in Baltimore's Inner Harbor Aims to Answer the Question, "How's the Water, Hon?"
Baltimore Sun

U.S. House Approves Increased Funding for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, but Senate Support Uncertain
Baltimore Sun

Award Winning Stream Restoration Program Benefits the Community
Prince William Living

Seawalls to Fight Rising Waters in Hampton Roads Would Cost More than $4.6 Billion, Says Nationwide Study
Daily Press

Ag Tours Highlight Bay Cleanup Successes, Challenges
The News Virginian

Proposal to Revive Shuttered Baltimore County Power Plant Stirs Questions about Climate Change
Baltimore Sun

NRCS Will Work with Mid-Atlantic 4R to Advance and Accelerate Adoption of Conservation Practices on Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland Farmland
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

With More Storms and Rising Seas, Which U.S. Cities Should Be Saved First?
The New York Times

Emmy smThe Conowingo Factor Nominated for Emmy - We Won!
Clean Chesapeake Coalition

AI for Earth Helps Get More Granular with Climate Data
Marketplace

Sign-Up Period for Cover Crop Program Announced in Maryland
Lancaster Farming

The Coastal Squeeze: Changing Tactics for Dealing with Climate Change
NOAA Fisheries

81 Snakehead Fish Caught Swimming Upstream at Conowingo Dam, a “Dramatic Increase” in Invasive Species
Carroll County Times

One fact that especially caught our eye here is the USGS report that already, in the Spring of 2019, 102.6 million pounds of nitrogen have loaded into the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna River. For context, the TMDL goal for the entire state is 45.8 million pounds annually. This means that we've already surpassed our target by more than double. And this calculation does not include the rain that has been falling steadily in the first weeks of June...
Experts Predict the Largest Dead Zone in Decades
Chesapeake Bay Program

Worse that BP Oil Spill: Freshwater Damage from Flooding, Spillway Release hits Miss. Hard
Coastal News Today

As Municipalities Struggle with Stormwater Costs, Pa. Lawmakers Look for Funding Help
PennLive

Study Highlights Vulnerability of Rural Coast to Sea-Level Rise
WYDaily

Report: 40% of PA Rivers, Streams Violate Water Quality Standards
Bay Journal

MD DNR Secretary Joins Chesapeake Conservancy Board
BayNet.com

Why You Want Oysters and a Salt Marsh Between You and a Hurricane
Vox

Rain Washed 260 Million Gallons of Sewage into Inner Harbor in 2018, but Report Deemed Water “Swimmable” During Dry Weather
Baltimore Sun

House Approves Increased Federal Funding for Chesapeake Bay Program
Bay Journal

May 2019
USDA Resumes Program that Pays Farmers to Plant Forested Stream Buffers
Bay Journal

Nonprofit to EPA: Enforce Pollution Diet or Face Lawsuit
Greenwire

Study Highlights Vulnerability of Rural Coast to Sea-Level Rise
VIMS

Editorial: Rolling Back Clean Water Rules Would Devastate the Potomac, Bay
Bay Journal

Report: Low Health Score Rains on Chesapeake Bay Recovery
Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Livestock Fencing Needs to Pick Up Pace in Shenandoah Valley
Bay Journal

Climate-Smart Farming: Save the Earth – and Make Money?
CBS News

Opinion: Climate Change Poses a Threat to Cultural Heritage
Scientific American

Groups Hope to Plant More Oysters on Reefs in Severn River after High Survival Rate Last Year
Capital Gazette

Pipeline Proposal May Undermine Delmarva Forestry Industry, Critics Say
Bay Journal

USDA Funds Available to Communities Trying to Solve Stormwater Runoff Problem
TribLive

State Provides Details for Watershed Plan
Kent County News

Maryland DNR Receives $1 Million Grant
The Star Democrat

Rebuilding More Resilient Salt Marsh at Quonochontaug Pond
NOAA Fisheries

Composting, Clean-ups and Comprehensive Planning Combat Litter
RouteFifty

Can We Prepare for Climate Impacts without Creating Financial Chaos?
Ensia

Coastal Recovery: Bringing a damaged Wetland Back to Life
Yale 360

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $9 Million Awarded to Support Water Quality Protection Projects on New York Livestock Farms
Office of the Governor of New York

PA Land Trust Assn: New Guide to Working with Nature to Manage Stormwater
PA Environmnetal Digest Blog

Md. Board of Public Works Approves $17M in Clean Water & Chesapeake Bay Funding
WBOC

Hampton Roads Wastewater-to-Aquifer Recharge Project Showing Results
Bay Journal

A Soggy 2018 Leaves its Mark on Maryland's Eastern Shore
Chesapeake Bay Program

Humble Seagrass Could Play a Crucial Role in Protecting our Coasts
World Economic Forum

Blue Water Baltimore Releases its Baltimore Water Watch Tool
Feedstuffs

State Plans Reveal Tough Path to 2025 Cleanup Goals
Bay Journal

Use this link to find out where there's a Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) workshop near you! Copies of the Phase III WIPs from all six states and D.C. can be found on this page of our website.

April 2019
Earth Day Brings County Citizens Environmental Commission, Downtown Storm Drain Project Hopes for Summer
Capital Gazette

Pennsylvania's New Bay Plan Falls Well Short of Cleanup Goals
Bay Journal

HRSD is Now Injecting Millions of Gallons of Treated Wastewater into Our Aquifer
Daily Press

Water Quality Monitoring Stations Eyed as Alternative to York County Authority
York Dispatch

Coal Ash Contaminated Groundwater at Almost All Monitored Sites
Bay Journal

Local Stormwater Projects Getting Funding from DEQ
CBS 19

Conditions in James River Lead to Proposal for New Chlorophyll Levels
Bay Journal

Environmentalists Begin Spring Data Collection for Underwater Grasses
Capital Gazette

Blog: Green Infrastructure Benefits Extend Beyond Stormwater
Chesapeake Bay Program

Brunswick Approves First Steps for Watershed Implementation Plan
Frederick News-Post

New Online Tool to Help Guide Conservation Efforts
CBS 19

Poultry and Pollution on the Eastern Shore
WVTF

Environmental Project Contributes to Health of Rappahannock River
Fauquier Times

Court Overturns Permits for Transmission Line Built Over James
Bay Journal

Trump, Congress Make Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent
Bay Journal

CREP Program Interruptions Hinder Streamside Tree Planting Efforts
Bay Journal

Residents Bring in Legal Counsel to Fight Stormwater Fee
The Citizen's Voice

Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Approaches Modern Record
Fishing Wire

Stormwater Budget Set in Greencastle
The Record Herald

Conowingo Battle: Sides Look for Alternative as Fight Drags On
DelMarVa Now

Political Notes: Legislative Work Will Continue Even After General Assembly Recesses
The Frederick News-Post

Manure Application Changes with Winter Crop Can Cut Nitrogen Loss
Feedstuffs

These Countries Have Prices on Carbon. Are They Working?
The New York Times

Localities Challenged to Meet Stormwater Reductions
Bay Journal

March 2019
Study Says Flooding Cost Annapolis up to $170K a Year

Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Exelon, MD Spar Over Who is Responsible for Nutrients Passing Over Dam
Bay Journal

Property Values Endangered Along Coast Due to Sea Level Rise: Report
DelMarVa Now

Join Effort to Boost Funding for Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
Daily Press

Oyster Management Plan Published Among Debate in General Assembly
Capital Gazette

Public Works Starts New Project to Help Local Watershed
WHSV 3

and Bans Reduce Plastic Pollution, Change Behavior
Bay Journal

Rendering Plant Expansion Draws Critics on Eastren Shore
Bay Journal

Senate Passes Proposed Styrofoam Ban
The Hill

See Major Improvements in New Clean Water Proposal
Penn Live

Federal Efforts Take Aim at Conowingo Dam
Kent County News

February 2019
Chesapeake Quarterly, Volume 17: Churches Take on Climate Change

Private Oyster Farming Has Helped the Chesapeake Bay, but Not Everyone is Happy with the Practice.
Baltimore Sun

Comments Sought as DNR, Lawmakers Weigh Options for Managing Maryland's Oysters
Bay Journal

Maryland to Spend Millions on Electric Cars, Buses and Charging Stations Using Volkswagen Settlement Money
WAMU 88.5

Maps Reveal Possible Location for New Bay Bridge
Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Jessie Iliff: State Legislation would Require Counties to Track Stormwater Complaints
Capital Gazette

Report Identifies Eastern Shore Counties at Risk for Sea Level Rise; Calls for Action
WBOC

Middle Susquehanna Mascot Noses Around when Pollution is Suspected
Bay Journal

Lawmakers Want Exelon Held Responsible for Conowingo Cleanup
Maryland Matters

Seeks Applications for Work on the Conowingo Watershed Implementation Plan
Water Online

Conservation Conversation
Orange County Review

DNREC Announces Revised Sediment and Stormwater Regulations for Delaware Go into Effect Feb. 11
Delaware.gov

January 2019
Alexandria Tunneling its Way Out of Sewage Overflow Problems
Bay Journal

Chesapeake Conservancy Develops Technology for James River Restoration Work
Augusta Free Press

Governor Larry Hogan Proposes Major Investments for Maryland Environment, Chesapeake Bay
MDNR

Maryland Reduces Use of Road Salts to Protect the Environment and Public Health
MDE

Frustration Builds Against Conowingo Dam after Season of Releases, Progress in 2019?
Delmarva Now

PS1 4287 smOn January 15, 2019, the Clean Chesapeake Coalition and the Delmarva Fisheries Association co-hosted their inaugural Chesapeake Environmental & Economic Summit in Annapolis. Despite several trainings and meetings competing for legislators' attention in the opening weeks of the General Assembly Session, turnout was strong. After a welcome speech by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, three panels discussed issues that impact Maryland residents who earn their livelihoods from the bounty of the land and sea. It is important to remind our elected leaders that while ENGOs may have larger lobbying budgets, harvesters have been conservationists far longer. After all, their survival depends on the health of the land and water on which they work! View the WBOC coverage here.

Six Bay States, DC Get $13.1 Million in Grants to Improve Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat
Bay Journal

Fisheries on both VA, MD Legislative Agendas for 2019
Bay Journal

An Interfaith Group Finds Willing Partners to Restore a Shared Watershed
National Catholic Reporter