Latest Chesapeake Bay Watershed Stories

2009-04-22 08:30:00

Aerial Spraying Begins in 33 Counties HARRISBURG, Pa., April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania is launching its annual black fly spraying program to control populations of the insects that pose a nuisance to outdoor recreation, Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger said today. "Controlling black flies helps to ensure that our citizens and visitors can enjoy warm weather outdoor activities without suffering painful bites," Hanger said. "The department has been...

2009-04-07 09:00:00

Plans to Build Three Fish Passages, Remove 10 Tributary Dams Could Create Nearly 270 Jobs HARRISBURG, Pa., April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of the effort to aggressively pursue stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today that the commonwealth is applying to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for stimulus funds to build fish passages at three locations on the Susquehanna River and remove 10 dams on...

2009-03-09 07:17:00

Draft Horse to Help Usher in New Energy Era in Southern Maryland SWAN POINT, Md., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The first residential wind turbine in Southern Maryland will rise where the Potomac River meets Cuckold Creek near Swan Point, MD about 60 miles southeast of the nation's capital. A draft horse named "King" from a nearby farm will be hoisting the turbine into place. "It's a symbol from one era to another. From horsepower to wind power," says Sheryl Elliott who, along with her husband...

2009-03-04 14:20:00

Watermen in Chesapeake Bay are struggling to make a living in the region that was once home to one of the most bountiful fisheries in the US. As early as 1993, the Bay was credited with about half of the country's blue crab harvest, according to the AP. But a development boom has resulted in declining catches and the US Commerce Department declared the fishery a federal disaster last September. As a result, Maryland and Virginia were forced to shut down the stream for fishing until spring....

2009-01-30 15:57:00

Two More Indicted in Largest Ever Investigation into Illegal Commercial Fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five commercial fishermen in St. Mary's County, Md., a fish wholesaler, its owner and an employee have been charged in Maryland and Washington, D.C., for their role in the illegal harvest, sale, and purchase of hundreds of thousands of pounds of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River from 2003 through 2007, the...

2009-01-23 09:49:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Negative Population Growth, the nation's premier population-focused organization, has launched a new "Chesapeake Bay Project" dedicated to focusing students' attention on the Chesapeake Bay's deteriorating environment. The new program is designed to serve as both an educational project and a "call to action" for students to get involved in pressuring federal, state and local leaders to produce positive results in shaping the Bay's future....

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...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'