Quantcast

Latest Chesapeake Bay Watershed Stories

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...

2008-09-15 18:00:18

By PAMELA WOOD Staff Writer Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has an idea for improving the health of the city's creeks: install artificial, wetlands-covered islands. She's asking the state for money to cover the installation of a test island on Back Creek as part of a larger grant application for environmental projects. "If this does for our waters what they've done in other waters, this could be a real boon to moving forward on clean water initiatives in our creeks," Ms. Moyer said....

2008-09-15 12:00:17

To: OUTDOORS EDITORS Contact: Leah Elwell of The Federation of Fly Fishers, +1-406- 222-9369 ext. 102, conserve@fedflyfishers.org LIVINGSTON, Mont., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) has placed the Potomac River on its 2008 Endangered Fisheries List because pollution and sewage from industry, agriculture and wastewater treatment has resulted in re-occurring fish kills, sightings of fish with lesions and the occurrence of intersex (altered sexual development)....

2008-09-14 18:00:12

A scientist says reports of so-called whale poop along Chesapeake Bay in Virginia were actually potato sponges washing ashore. Ken Moore, a professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, said the specimens of the little-known aquatic species may have been dislodged from their watery homes when Tropical Storm Hanna swept through the area Sept. 6, the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press said Saturday. The water-filtering species, which look like emphysematic lungs, are typically are attached...

2008-09-12 18:00:16

By E.B. FURGURSON III Staff Writer The South River Federation's new riverkeeper is a Selby on the Bay resident and water-quality specialist who's familiar with the threats to the bay. While she's new to the area, Diana Muller has years of environmental experience, including water-quality monitoring for the past 11 years throughout the Chesapeake region - from the upper Susquehanna to the mouth of the bay. "Diana brings a strong scientific background, as well as a long record of...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
Related