2019

An Archive of Articles from 2019

October 2019
Governor Hogan Announces Landmark Agreement with Exelon on Conowingo Dam
Office of Governor Hogan

Maryland Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Combats Eutrophication
Water & Wastes Digest

Waynesboro Finishes Wetland Project to Prevent Stormwater Pollution of Chesapeake Bay
The News Virginian

Submerged Gravel Wetland Project Underway in Berlin
The Dispatch

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $250K to Boost Bay Coastal Resiliency
The Star Democrat

What's the Status of Chesapeake Bay Funding after Trump Proposed Huge Cut?
WTOP

Bay Scientists Studying Environmental, Economic Uses for Hemp
Bay Journal

Sunny Day Flooding Strikes Waterfront
Alexandria Times

Iowa’s Farmers – and American Eaters – Need a National Discussion on Transforming US Agriculture
The Conversation

GGRA Draft Plan – Comment Period Ongoing
MDE

Outreach Strategies Cropping Up to Help Growing Number of Female Farmers
Bay Journal

Storm Water Fee, Plan to Reduce Sewage in Susquehanna River Scrutinized by Harrisburg Officials
PennLive

Indigenous Farming Practices Failing as Climate Change Disrupts Seasons
National Geographic

Partnership to Accelerate Clean Water, Farmland Protection
Augusta Free Press

Some Chesapeake Bay States Fighting EPA Clean Water Rule Rollback
WHSV 3

Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund 2019 Grant Recipients
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

Company’s Payoff Comes when Stream Restoration Work is Proven Effective
Bay Journal

County to Develop Climate Change Resiliency Strategy
Maryland Independent

Wastewater Treatment Plant in Sykesville Upgraded to Release Fewer Pollutants into Patapsco River
Carroll County Times

Supreme Court Will Hear Atlantic Coast Pipeline Case
Bay Journal

As Sea Levels Rise, So Do Ghost Forests
New York Times

MD. Leaders Clash Over Bay Bridge Construction Impact
Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Chesapeake Cleanup Became “Model Restoration for the World”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia Aims to Improve Water Quality by Transporting Tons of Poultry Waste Around the State
Virginia Mercury

EPA Awards Grants to Support Pollution Reduction Plan Tied to Conowingo Reservoir Infill
Cecil Whig

Toxic Coal Ash Violations on Potomac River
Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Gov. Wolf Aims to Raise Pa.’s Profile in Climate Change Fight by Joining Multi-State Carbon Tax Program
PennLive

More Frequent and Intense Tropical Storms Mean Less Recovery Time for the World's Coastline
The Conversation

Tripod-Palooza – USGS Collaborates with Federal, State and Academic Partners to Support Coastal Resiliency in the Wider Chesapeake Bay Area
USGS

Correctional Conservation Collaborative Trains New Generation of Riparian Forest Buffer Professionals
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Recap of 2019 LGAC Forum: Stormwater & Green Infrastructure Workforce Development
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

September 2019
Creating Incentives for Conservation and Land Use
Chesapeake Bay Program

EPA Awards Grants to Support Conowingo WIP Development & Implementation
EPA

Fair Hill Farm Receives Honorable Mention for Environmental Stewardship Efforts
Kent County News

Environmentalists Brief Easton Town Council
Star Democrat

D.C. Wants to Be Resilient to Climate Change. Critics Argue Efforts Could Worsen Inequalities.
WAMU

Concerns Aired Over New Sediment Rules
Altoona Mirror

Exclusive: Water Main Break Causes Fish Kill in Leakin Park
Baltimore Brew

Hampton Receives $70,000 Grant for Resiliency Projects, Creates Program for Households Seeking Funding for Same
Daily Press

City Unveils $50 Million Upgrade to Wastewater Plant
Local DVM

New Report Marks Land Conservation Progress in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Times Leader

Chesapeake Executive Council Reaffirms Commitment to Restoring Bay
The Southern Maryland Chronicle

Is Pennsylvania Doing Enough for the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup?
witf

Hogan Avoids Confrontation but Rejects Idea that Maryland should Pay Pennsylvania to Clean the Chesapeake Bay
Baltimore Sun

Opinion: Plan to Reduce Raw Sewage in Susquehanna River Not Good Enough
PennLive

The Ball is Back in EPA's Court Following Release of Final Bay Restoration Plans
Center for Progressive Reform

Maryland Leads Coalition in Support of Baltimore's Lawsuit Against Fossil Fuel Companies
WJZ 13

Editorial: Let's Sue Pennsylvania, Part II
Baltimore Sun

Chesapeake Tributary Flows Free in Wake of Dam Removal
Bay Journal

Opinion: Pa. Efforts to Curb Chesapeake Pollution have Stalled, Leaving the Bay at Risk
Philadelphia Inquirer

Pittman Pitches Forest Conservation
Eye on Annapolis

August 2019
Maryland Denies Permits for Solar Projects that Sought to Clear Forests
Bay Journal

Maryland Governor Calls Out Pennsylvania Over Pollution Pouring into Chesapeake Bay
WGMD 92.7

Balloon Release Ban Passes Unanimously
Herald-Mail Media

Georgetown Solar Farm Blocked Over Concerns about Forest Loss
WAMU 88.5

Emmitsburg Awarded $5,000 for Rain Barrel Program
Frederick News-Post

The Positive Implications of...Climate Change? WVU Researcher Sees Agricultural, Food Availability and Economic Possibilities
WVU Today

Shoreline Industry Poses Hazards as Sea Level, Floods Increase
Bay Journal

Playing Offense and Defense on Climate Change at the Same Time
Scientific American

Cruel World Awaits Neglected Streamside Buffers
Bay Journal

Rain-Harvesting Sculpture Takes a Historic School by Storm
Chesapeake Bay Program

Maryland Gov. Hogan Asks to Meet with Pennsylvania Officials After Report on Harrisburg Sewage
Capital Gazette

Court Dismissed Case for Gas Pipeline Under Western Maryland Rail Trail
Bay Journal

How to Rebound After a Disaster: Move, Don’t Rebuild, Research Suggests
New York Times

Mussels in Action in the Anacostia River
Sea Grant Maryland

Scientists Fear Steep Loss of Bay Grasses Lies Ahead
Bay Journal

Virginia Shore Regional Sewer Plan Unveiled
Salisbury Times

VIMS Receives USDA Funding to Map Estuarine Landscapes
VIMS

Seaford Will Bring "Oyster House Park" Along Naticoke River
WBOC

Pennsylvania Plan Still Fails to Meet Chesapeake Cleanup Goals
Bay Journal

Opinion: Stakes are High for Clean Energy and a Chance to Save the Bay
Maryland Matters

New Endangered Species Rules Impact on Bay Watershed
Delmarva Public Radio - WSDL 90.7

Flash Floods Inundate Baltimore Waterfront, Harbor Takes Hit
Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Ellicott City Unveils Flood Plan to Weather Increasingly Severe Storms
Bay Journal

Coal Plant Owner to Pay $1M Over Chesapeake Contamination
WTOP

Is that Your Fatberg? It is if You're Dumping Grease Down the Sink
WAMU 88.5

In Preserving Endangered Species, Success Stories Outnumbered by New Threats
Daily Press

Bloede Dam Removal Project in Patapsco Valley State Park Finished
Baltimore Sun

July 2019
Communities Confronting "Sunny Day" Flooding Woes
Salisbury Independent

Pa. Environmental Chief Sees Local Benefits to Federal Stormwater Mandates
Herald-Mail Media

Proposed Sale of Harrisburg Water System Gets Attention at Meeting about Stormwater Fee
Penn Live

UMD Case Study Examines How Green Infrastructure Can Help Suburban Environments Manage Increasingly Intense Stormwater and Adapt to Climate Change
University of Maryland (UMD)

Rebuilding Poplar Island with Clean Dredged Material
Dredging Today

Septic System Failures Expected to Increase in Coastal Virginia
Bay Journal

Reducing Farm Greenhouse Gas Emissions thru Farm Conservation Practices may Plant the Seed for a Cooler Planet
PA Envronmental Digest Blog

Ag Reps: Committee Squeezing Out Meat, Dairy
The Delmarva Farmer

MD DNR Reports Underwater Grasses Show Resilience Despite Record Rainfall
ChesaDel Crier

Raw Sewage was Discharged into Harrisburg Waterways on 150 Days Last Year
Penn Live

Elizabeth River Chemical Cleanup Continues to Make Progress
Bay Journal

"Sunny Day" Floods a Rising Threat in Region, including Annapolis, Baltimore, D.C.
Maryland Reporter

Conservation Practices Keep Land Sustainable
SuccessfulFarming

Scientists: Hampton Roads to Get Steamier and "Floodier"
The Virginian-Pilot

Climate Solution: Use Carbon Dioxide to Generate Electricity
Scientific American

The Hemp Doctor of Wyndridge Farm
Chesapeake Bay Program

Maryland's Highest Court Rules States Can Trump Counties in Deciding Where Solar, Wind Projects Can Go
The Frederick News-Post

Critics: "Sue Pennsylvania" Over Bay Cleanup Shortfall
Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Chesapeake States Grapple with "Forever Chemical" Contaminating Drinking Water
Bay Journal

EPA Plans to Curtail the Ability of Communities to Oppose Pollution Permits
New York Times

Five Years Strong: Delaware's Water Warriors Continue to Rally for Clean Water
Choose Clean Water Coalition

Continued High River Flows Having Mixed Impacts on Bay and its Resources
Bay Journal

Martinsburg, Ranson Awarded "Green" Infrastructure Grants
Herald-Media Mail

Watermen, Environmentalists Weigh in on Maryland Plan to Save the Bay
WBOC

WV Department of Environmental Protection Receives $2.6 Million for Water Improvements
WVNews

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