Tag Archives: Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay summer ‘dead zone’ predicted to be slightly smaller in 2016

In Chesapeake Bay this year, the amount of algae that will decay will render a stretch of water approximately equal to the volume of 2.3 million Olympic-sized swimming pools unable to support life. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and local partners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, […]

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Grants recipient list released for stormwater projects

In its latest effort to preserve and improve the health of vital waterways, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Environmental Protection Agency will bestow grants totaling over $800,000 to 17 organizations from Pennsylvania to Southern Virginia through the partnership’s annual “Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns” (G3) program. The grant, which funds implementation of projects […]

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Fueling terminal continues environmental award winning streak

In April, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal in Chesapeake, Va., earned its fourth Sustained Distinguished Performance Award from the Elizabeth River Project, a nonprofit that leads community environmental restoration efforts along the river. Since partnering with the Elizabeth River Project in 2004, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal has completed numerous environmental projects to achieve Model Level status, […]

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Workshop report stresses roadside ditch management for improving water quality

Better management of roadside ditches could help improve water quality in the Chesapeake region, according to a workshop report from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) on measures to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. The workshop, “Re-plumbing the Chesapeake Watershed: Improving roadside ditch management to […]

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Supreme Court denies Chesapeake Bay TMDL appeal

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 its denial to hear the American Farm Bureau and allies appeal regarding the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The denial of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), et al. v. EPA, et al. by the high court affirms the ruling […]

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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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