Tag Archives: Chesapeake Bay

New Research Finds Washington, D.C. Sinking

A team of geologists from the University of Vermont (UVM), working with the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions, confirmed that land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking and forecasts that Washington, D.C. could drop by 6 or more inches (15 cm) over the next century. Such a drop would exacerbate problems associated with sea […]

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Restoration Strategies Approved for Chesapeake Bay

On July 23, the Chesapeake Executive Council announced the release of 25 management strategies for restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, including its tributaries, wetlands, and diverse ecological habitats. The announcement was made at the council’s annual meeting to set goals and guidance for the partnership. The strategies summarize the Chesapeake Bay Program’s plans […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Ruling in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other interveners on July 6, the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the legality of the multi-state Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). Established in 2010, the TMDL requires reductions in nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, […]

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Nutrient Runoff from Agriculture Scrutinized in Chesapeake Bay

Excess fertilizer and manure applied to the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore are causing poor water-quality in streams that flow into the bay, according to a new publication released March 12 by the U.S. Geological Survey. According to the report, the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore receives nearly twice as much nitrogen and phosphorus per square mile […]

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New Report Shows Chesapeake Bay Pollution Score Improves, Fisheries Decline

On Jan. 5, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released its biennial “State of the Bay Report,” showing that while the overall pollution score improved, there has been a decline in fisheries. The “2014 State of the Bay Report” score is 32, a D+, unchanged from the 2012 score. The report notes improvements in dissolved oxygen, […]

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Federal Agencies Call Virginia Water Quality Trading Program A National Model

On Dec. 16, federal government representatives, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and others came together to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality lauded the trading scheme as a model […]

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Study Examines Costs to Cut Poultry Litter In Maryland’s Eastern Shore

A new study by Salisbury University analyzing the potential costs of implementing the Phosphorus Management Tool shows that restricting the use of poultry litter as fertilizer could cost Maryland Eastern Shore farmers between $22 million and $53 million over the next six years. The amount depends on how quickly farmers would need to achieve compliance. […]

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Corvias Announces Public-Private Partnership Agreement with Prince George’s County

On Nov. 19, Corvias Solutions announced that it has signed a first-of-its-kind, community-based, public-private partnership (P3) with Prince George’s County, Maryland. This $100 million, 30-year partnership comes to fruition after a unanimous decision by the Prince George’s County Council and more than a year’s worth of negotiations. Corvias Solutions is a privately-held company and a […]

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EPA Orders 85 Pennsylvania Communities to Improve Stormwater Programs

On June 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it sent orders to 85 Pennsylvania municipalities requiring improvements to their stormwater programs. EPA issued the orders to augment Pennsylvania’s efforts to ensure effective stormwater management programs are in place to improve water quality in local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The federal Clean […]

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USDA to Provide Assistance to Improve Water Quality

On May 21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $33 million in assistance to farmers and ranchers. The money will be used on conservation improvements that will enhance water quality in 174 watersheds. The funding is being provided through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), administered by […]

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