Maryland’s Agriculture Department on Monday withdrew a request to accelerate implementation of proposed regulations aimed at reducing pollution from fertilizer in the Chesapeake Bay after critics said the state was moving too fast.
A sudden plunge in the blue crab population in the bay means belt-tightening for watermen.
Students from Maryland and Virginia are spending an alternative spring break working on environmental projects and learning about the Chesapeake Bay, rather than escaping to Cancun or the Caribbean.
Environmental groups are splitting over a bill designed to give farmers more certainty about how Chesapeake Bay restoration regulations will affect them.
The health of the Chesapeake Bay improved slightly last year with underwater grasses the only area suffering a setback, according to an assessment released Wednesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that sounded cautious optimism for a decades old effort now under tougher federal guidance.
Lawyers representing farm groups and home builders asked a judge to block a federal plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, arguing that it tramples on state’s rights and uses erroneous data to set pollution limits.
Tom Perry and his wife, Linda, are trained to remove an invasive plant along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal known as garlic mustard, and he volunteers to take church groups and others on guided bicycle rides on the towpath.
Maryland’s crab harvest last year led the nation. That’s according to figures released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Forecasters says this hurricane season could be less active than last and that has environmentalists and researchers hopeful the Chesapeake will avoid a repeat of heavy rains that dumped pollution into the bay last year.
Finding money to clean the bay continues to be an uphill struggle.
Tugboats and the crews that operate them are the subject of a new exhibit coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.
Maryland’s ghost pot retrieval program starts again next month. State officials say watermen have until Friday to apply for work under the program.