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July 15, 2005

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TV and Radio

Outdoors Maryland

Tomorrow, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. MPT "Clear to the Bottom." The water of Chesapeake Bay must be clean and clear enough for sunlight to reach the bottom if sub-aquatic grasses are to grow. They provide a living, protective nursery for animals like fish and crabs. Scientists are experimenting with methods to replant grass beds.

"Brush and Feather." John Taylor is a popular and successful Chesapeake Bay artist and conservationist.

"Spring's Wings." Richard Smith, Maryland's reigning expert on butterflies, travels the state with experts from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in search of species common and rare and with the hope of getting a fix on how Maryland's butterfly population is faring.

The Environmental Report

Tuesday, 9:55 a.m. WEAA (88.9 FM)

Host Morning Sunday provides reports on air quality and tips to help regreen cities.

Outdoors Maryland

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (Repeats July 23, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) MPT

"Island Reborn." Erosion has caused huge problems for the port of Baltimore as it tries to keep its busy shipping channels open. Each year, the Maryland Port Administration dredges several million cubic yards of mud from the Chesapeake Bay. Until recently, there was controversy about what to do with this dredged material. Now the port believes it has found the answer. It's bringing back to life Poplar Island, which shrank from 1,200 acres in 1847 to five tiny islands in the early 1990s. The program explores the engineering, science and technology being used to build the new island into a wildlife sanctuary.

Sky Watch

Thursday, 8:33 a.m., WYPR (88.1 FM )

Hosts are Jim O'Leary, senior director of technology, IMAX and Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center, and Carol Christian, deputy head of the Community Missions Office of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Online blog

Read Sun science writer Frank Roylance's weather and astronomy blog, updated daily at marylandweather.com.

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