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2008-02-08 11:20:00

Researchers have found that forms of fish containing both male and female traits appear to be more prevalent in areas with more farming and population density, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.Although the cause is unknown, researchers assume that wastewater runoff of polluted chemicals is stimulating estrogen production in the intersex fish. Instances of the abnormality have been recorded over the past decade in areas including the southern Great Lakes, the Potomac...

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2008-02-08 00:20:00

For several years, scientists have been working to determine why so many male smallmouth bass in the Potomac River basin have immature female egg cells in their testes - a form of intersex. They are closer to finding an answer. Research by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that a high incidence of intersex occurs in the Potomac watershed at sites where farming is most intense and where human population density is highest. The study also shows the greatest prevalence of this form of...

2007-07-09 17:43:42

COLONIAL BEACH, Va. - Virginia plans to install a monitoring station in the Potomac River that will help boaters and fishermen while assisting marine biologists studying the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The monitoring station is planned at the mouth of Monroe Bay in a section of the Potomac plagued by fish kills. It will collect water-quality information every 15 minutes and post it on a Virginia Institute of Marine Science Web site. The station, which should be in place next month, is...

2007-01-23 00:00:12

By David Dishneau HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Potomac River is being readied for a starring role in the restoration of the American eel to Eastern U.S. waterways. By the end of this year, fishery biologists hope to complete passageways for upstream eel migration around two dams owned by the National Park Service. The proposed eelways would open up 120 miles of "the nation's river" as habitat for eels, which once accounted for a quarter of all aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay watershed,...

2006-01-31 14:03:37

(Please read in 10th paragraph .... said Chris Conner ... and make conform throughout.) A corrected repetition follows. By Alan Elsner EASTON, Maryland (Reuters) - In 1608, the English explorer Captain John Smith and a crew of 14 embarked on an epic 3,000-mile (4,828-km) journey in a small boat to map the shores of Chesapeake Bay, which is now shared by Virginia and Maryland. He wrote: "Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation." Almost 400 years...

2006-01-31 10:56:41

By Alan Elsner EASTON, Maryland (Reuters) - In 1608, the English explorer Captain John Smith and a crew of 14 embarked on an epic 3,000-mile (4,828-km) journey in a small boat to map the shores of Chesapeake Bay, which is now shared by Virginia and Maryland. He wrote: "Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation." Almost 400 years later, human habitation in the form of urban and suburban sprawl has placed the largest estuary in the United States in...

2006-01-31 08:04:49

By Alan Elsner EASTON, Maryland (Reuters) - In 1608, the English explorer Captain John Smith and a crew of 14 embarked on an epic 3,000-mile (4,828-km) journey in a small boat to map the shores of Chesapeake Bay, which is now shared by Virginia and Maryland. He wrote: "Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation." Almost 400 years later, human habitation in the form of urban and suburban sprawl has placed the largest estuary in the United States in...

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2004-12-21 07:28:47

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) -- Male fish that are growing eggs have been found in the Potomac River near Sharpsburg, a sign that a little-understood type of pollution is spreading downstream from West Virginia, a federal scientist says. The so-called intersex abnormality may be caused by pollutants from sewage plants, feedlots and factories that can interfere with animals' hormone systems, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Nine male smallmouth bass taken from the Potomac near Sharpsburg, about...


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