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Maryland’s oyster industry hopes for a rebound this season

BALTIMORE (AP) — Folks working in Maryland's oyster industry are hoping for a rebound this season after seeing demand and prices plummet this time last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that COVID-19 depressed demand. That's in part because shucking oysters wasn't popular among diners looking for quick to-go meals. It appears that things are looking good for the industry so far. The latest figures show […]

today11/29/2021 4


Chesapeake Bay Foundation chooses new president and CEO

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has announced a new president and chief executive officer. The foundation's Board of Trustees announced Monday that Hilary Harp Falk will start as the foundation's new chief on Jan. 3. Falk has served as the National Wildlife Federation's chief program officer. Falk, who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, will replace William Baker, who has been president and CEO of the foundation since 1981 […]

today11/02/2021 4


Maryland sees increase in precipitation, sea level, flooding

Data collected from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that over the past 20 years, rainfall, flooding and sea level have increased across Maryland, with precipitation growing by 2.63 inches per decade from 2000 to 2020. The administration also found the Northeast Atlantic region saw 100% to 150% more flood days in 2020 than in 2000. The Maryland Sea Grant College at the University of Maryland projected sea level […]

today10/15/2021 8


Group cites chemical concerns at military sites near Chesapeake Bay

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An environmental group has released a new analysis of Defense Department records that has found the groundwater of at least nine military installations near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia is contaminated with high levels of toxic "forever chemicals." The nonprofit Environmental Working Group released a report Wednesday on military sites along the bay and concerns about contamination, mostly from substances in firefighting foam. The […]

today08/11/2021 4


Chesapeake underwater grasses decline for a second year

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Program says acreage of underwater grasses in the bay shrank for the second year in a row last year. The Daily Press reports that aerial surveys showed more than 62,000 acres of the underwater grasses that serve as a home to small blue crabs and many fish. That's a decrease of 7% from 2019 and 42% from 2018 _ far below the program's […]

today08/03/2021 5


Push underway for national Chesapeake Bay recreation area

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An effort is underway to make the larger Chesapeake Bay area part of the National Park Service. The Virginian-Pilot reported Saturday that it would be called the Chesapeake National Recreation Area. Behind the effort is a group of conservation nonprofits, community leaders and lawmakers who are working to draft legislation in Congress. It's unclear exactly what the recreation area would look like. Proponents don't call for […]

today07/12/2021 5


Researchers predict smaller Chesapeake Bay dead zones

Researchers say the Chesapeake Bay likely will have a smaller than average oxygen dead zone this summer. The Daily Press reported Tuesday that this looks to be second year in row when the bay's areas of low or no oxygen are lower than recent averages. One explanation is that river flows into the bay are smaller than average because of lower rainfall in the first several months of the year. […]

today06/29/2021 6


Chesapeake Bay health edges up to C grade in report card

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The health of the Chesapeake Bay is getting a better grade in an annual environmental report card. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science on Tuesday gave the health of the nation's largest estuary a C grade for 2020. That's up from a C-minus in 2019. Individual indicators of bay health had mixed results in 2020, but the report says the overall bay-wide trend continues […]

today06/23/2021 5


Survey: Bay’s juvenile crab population is lowest since 1990

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — An annual survey of Chesapeake Bay blue crabs estimates that the population of juvenile crabs has fallen to its low level since the Maryland Department of Natural Resources started the survey more than 30 years ago. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the department's review also found positive trends, including a rise in the bay's population of spawning-age mature female crabs, from 141 million in 2020 […]

today05/24/2021 3