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2009-01-05 12:00:53

An environmental group filed a lawsuit Monday to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the 64,299-square-mile Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and several Maryland and Virginia fishing groups accuse the federal agency of shirking its legal responsibilities to clean up the troubled bay, the largest estuary in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, contends the EPA has failed to comply with the U.S. Clean Water Act and...

2008-12-30 10:55:00

The Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population has been devastated by pollution, overfishing and lax federal oversight, a U.S. environmental group said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with safeguarding the natural environment, has failed to impose a regulatory cap on the amount of pollution entering the bay and to enforce the Clean Water Act, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said. The foundation said in October it intended to sue the agency for failing to fulfill its obligation to...

2008-12-10 13:15:00

Super-Clean Natural Gas Facility Could Break Ground in First Half of 2009 SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Charles County, Maryland, and Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) today announced completion of a development agreement for the CPV St. Charles power plant, a key step needed to begin construction of a new 640 megawatt facility in the county. As part of the agreement, which was signed today by CPV and Charles County commissioners, CPV has agreed to buy and use...

2008-09-30 00:00:18

The polluted Chesapeake Bay is struggling to hold its own, despite 25 years of cleanup efforts, The Baltimore Sun said. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science said the water quality of Maryland rivers and Chesapeake Bay has worsened over the past two decades, despite the cleanup campaign. Scientists and advocates said the state must do more to reduce chemical runoff from farms and increase limits on suburban sprawl that is devouring forests, meadows and wetlands that...

2008-09-29 00:00:19

The Game Commission went to bat for its deputy wildlife conservation officers this past week during a Senate Game and Fisheries Committee hearing. The deputy program has been around since 1903. Its validity has been called into question recently, though, by state Sen. Gibson Armstrong, a Lancaster County Republican. Armstrong has proposed stripping deputies of their law enforcement powers on all properties other than game lands. Some sportsmen have suggested the legislation is nothing...

2008-09-26 18:00:29

By E.B. FURGURSON III Staff Writer Yesterday, just one day after a fish kill left the shores along Bear Neck Creek lined with dead menhaden, the county closed the creek due to a sewage spill. Construction crews working near the Mayo Water Reclamation Plant yesterday morning broke pipes attached to the main line coming in and out of the facility, spilling about 50,000 gallons, officials said. The Anne Arundel County Department of Health issued an emergency order closing the creek,...

2008-09-26 18:00:29

By LIAM FARRELL Staff Writer The state's Critical Area Commission filed a lawsuit this morning demanding the demolition of an opulent home built without permits on Little Dobbins Island in the Magothy River. The complaint against DCW Dutchship Island LLC and Daryl Wagner filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is the first under a law passed in the latest General Assembly session. Though the law has been in effect for less than three months, state officials said it applies to...

2008-09-25 17:46:30

By E.B. FURGURSON III Staff Writer A massive fish kill yesterday covered both shores of Bear Neck Creek off the Rhode River, the fifth such event this month for Anne Arundel. State officials and the local Riverkeeper believe the kill was due to low oxygen related to an algae bloom in the creek on the south side of the Mayo Peninsula. "This whole creek is one big kill zone," West/Rhode Riverkeeper Chris Trumbauer said yesterday after kayaking around the creek to examine the situation....

2008-09-21 09:00:17

By IRENE BOWERS By Irene Bowers Correspondent BAYSIDE If you think twice before applying fertilizer to your lawn, you know how to make Susan French happy. French was recently named "2008 Volunteer of the Year" by Lynnhaven River NOW. Her work to educate the public on water-friendly landscape practices, as well as her efforts to help introduce rain barrel use to the area, earned her praise from the executive committee. "She is an asset to all of us," said Karen Forget ,...

2008-09-16 03:00:16

By Bystrom, Andy The wooden oars sliced through the Rappahannock's smooth surface as we traveled, dripping sweat, at the slowest of clips past unbroken stretches of wooded shoreline. Shades of green emerged from the haze as we drew near. With no breeze to set the sails to, we faced a long, slow journey. I was among 12 men and women who set out from Jamestown, Virginia, in spring 2007 in a 28-foot open boat on a 120-day, 1,500-mile expedition along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National...


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