August 23, 2009
Heather O'Donnell of Bowie writes: "I've read many places that the watershed for the Chesapeake Bay goes all the way up to near Cooperstown in New York. Yet, when I'm driving up I-95 toward New Jersey, I see a big billboard that tells me I'm leaving the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Who is right?" Tom Zolper of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation replies: "The sign is correct. The Chesapeake Bay watershed encompasses parts of six states (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia)
June 21, 2009
If you're going to an outdoors function with a group of nature-type scientists, do not assume they have any influence over the conditions in the immediate area. That was a take-away message Thursday morning as about 100 members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and 50 volunteers from Harford County and the Department of Natural Resources gathered for some do-gooding at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon. Slabs of clouds the color of fireplace ashes had dumped buckets of rain in the pre-dawn hours.
April 16, 2006
The Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals will convene Wednesday the first of what could be several hearings concerning Daryl C. Wagner, the homebuilder who built a more than 5,000-square-foot house without permits on a small Magothy River isle known as Little Island. The state Critical Area Commission, along with two environmental groups -- the Magothy River Association and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation -- filed an appeal after a county official granted retroactive variances in October allowing Wagner to keep his home.
September 28, 2005
THE ISSUE An Anne Arundel County hearing officer heard last week the case of Daryl C. Wagner, who built a 3,500-square-foot home five years ago on Little Island without county approval. Wagner is seeking retroactive variances for the house on the nearly 2-acre island. County zoning officials are backing the request on the grounds that the house was built farther from the shoreline than the structure that had stood there. But the county law office has filed suit, seeking to tear down Wagner's buildings, which are located within 1,000 feet of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a state-regulated critical area.
August 26, 2005
Outdoors Maryland Tomorrow, 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. MPT "Planet Chesapeake." Using data from the Earth Observing System of satellites, scientists at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt are compiling data on topics that directly influence the climate and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed: sea surface temperature, deep ocean temperature, rainfall, hurricane anatomy, sea level rise and an array of other subjects. This segment looks at the Chesapeake on a planetary scale.