Tag Archives: Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Program Receives Thousands of Comments on Draft Watershed Agreement

The comment period on the Draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement closed March 17. The agreement is the fourth of its kind and sets new restoration goals and a new decision-making framework for the Chesapeake Bay Program.  It is, however, the first agreement since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum [...]

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University of Maryland Study Examines Effective Chesapeake Bay Management Practices

A new report by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) looks at 40 case studies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to determine which management practices have been most effective. According to the report, “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake,” upgrading water resource recovery facilities, [...]

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Jurisdictions Sign New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

On Jan. 29, three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners now seek public input on a new agreement guiding the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting stakeholders to conservation success in the process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and seven Chesapeake Bay jurisdictions have proposed [...]

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Federal Efforts Falling Short on Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, Says CBF

On Dec. 30, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released a statement saying federal efforts to restore the bay have fallen short in three main areas: expanding forest buffers, air quality, and complying with the Clean Water Act in approving stormwater permits. Further actions to achieve these particular goals have not been included in the next [...]

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Groundwater Pumping Causing Land Subsidence in Southern Chesapeake Bay, USGS Study Says

On Dec. 9, U.S. Geological Survey Virginia Water Science Center and the agency’s Office of Groundwater released a study on the effects of groundwater withdrawals on land subsidence in the Southern Chesapeake Bay. The land surface is sinking due primarily to groundwater withdrawals, causing increased flooding and sea-level rise in the communities and coastal habitats [...]

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Chesapeake Bay Trust Opens Application Process for Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Grant Program

The Chesapeake Bay Trust recently opened its Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns grant program for applications. The program, funded in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Maryland Department of Natural Resources, supports the president’s Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order. It funds the design and implementation of green infrastructure, urban tree [...]

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Still Impaired, Chesapeake Bay Shows Signs of Improvement

On Nov. 27, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) released the “Bay Barometer,” a report detailing long- and short-term health trends of the bay and progress made throughout the watershed. Although the CBP says restoration work provides cause for optimism, ecological indicators continue to show impairment due to excess nutrients, chemical contaminants, and resource demands, the [...]

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Reducing Nitrogen in Waterbodies May Take Longer than Previously Thought, Studies Show

Nitrogen has been the subject of several studies over the last month. On Nov. 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a study showing that efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment delivery to the Chesapeake Bay may be delayed due to the slow speeds at which groundwater moves. This particular study focuses on nitrogen from [...]

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Federal Court Upholds EPA Chesapeake Bay TMDL

On Sept. 13, a federal court in Pennsylvania upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). What has been called the bay pollution diet is the largest and most complex TMDL to date. The suit against the EPA was filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and [...]

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Report Highlights Progress, Areas of Improvement To Meet 2013 Milestones for Chesapeake Bay TMDL

An interim analysis by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC) finds that bay states are making progress but are not on track to meet all 2013 goals for the bay’s total maximum daily load. Since 2009, states have set 2-year milestones to stay on track for final reductions in nitrogen, [...]

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