March 8, 2004
HOW FAR DOES $2.50 go each month? A gallon of milk? A gallon and half of gas? A couple of orders of French fries? A small-sized designer coffee? It's not much, really. Yet if everyone in Maryland pays an extra $2.50 a month on sewer and septic tank bills, they can finance the most substantial water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay since cleanup efforts began with phosphate bans of the mid-1980s. Sewage treatment plants could be outfitted with the latest technology to remove nitrogen.
By Tom Horton & William M. Eichbaum | June 13, 1991
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation yesterday released "Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay." Written by Tom Horton and William M. Eichbaum, underwritten by the Abell Foundation and published by Island Press, the book amounts to a status report on the bay, with recommendations for rescuing the estuary from the human onslaught. This is the second of three excerpts. IT IS on the shallow bay bottom, along with the grass beds, that we find yet another regulatory system on the order of the forests, marshes and grasses.
By Steve McKerrow | July 17, 1992
Is it too late to save the Chesapeake Bay? Walter Cronkite asks the question rhetorically at the close of a provocative new educational film about the degraded estuary -- and answers his own question with uneasy equivocation."
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.
By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 21, 2002
SPRING has sprung. Not that ridiculously mild winter we just had that could pass for early spring - this is the real deal. Now's the time when all the Earth renews itself, and we want to renew our bond with the Earth, to become one with the great outdoors. With that yearning in mind, we've compiled a list of nature centers around the area that have all sorts of seasonal activities on the horizon. Want to get up close and personal with birds, bugs, frogs and snakes? No problem. Hankering to learn how to design a garden, track deer, study the night sky or survey a stream?
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Staff Writer | January 23, 1993
MATAPEAKE -- Chesapeake Bay is half empty, the remaining water covered with scum. The eastern end of the Bay Bridge has been yanked from its pilings. Maryland, Virginia and the nation's capital are a sandy wasteland.The scene of devastation is not some environmentalist's nightmare. It is the hulk of a walk-around, working model of the bay built nearly 20 years ago by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Out of sight in a dark, cavernous warehouse on Kent Island, the model has been unused and all but forgotten since 1984.
By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 14, 2000
WASHINGTON - Legislation aimed at restoring 1 million acres of fish and wildlife habitat in the Chesapeake Bay and other estuaries over the next decade is moving swiftly through Congress and toward expected approval by President Clinton. The bill, sponsored by Maryland Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, an Eastern Shore Republican, won House approval by voice vote late Tuesday after a similar measure had been passed by the Senate. A final version is expected to be sent soon to Clinton, who has signaled that he would sign it. The Estuary Restoration Act calls for $200 million in federal spending over the next five years on public-private partnerships to help preserve and restore water quality, water supply, habitat and fisheries.
By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2002
A day after a California company withdrew plans to bury more than 300 miles of fiber-optic cable under the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, Gov. Parris N. Glendening effectively quashed any approval of the plan during the remainder of his term. In a pointed letter to state and federal regulators yesterday, Glendening said the plan would set an "unacceptable precedent" and told officials of the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that Clear Stream Communications Inc. of Sacramento should consider other options.
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,Sun reporter | April 15, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration wants to spend more than $56 billion to conserve farmland over the next decade, prompting an unprecedented push by Chesapeake Bay advocates to carve out a slice of the money for the imperiled estuary. Lawmakers and environmentalists say that negotiations on this year's wide-ranging farm bill - better known for the subsidies historically provided to corn and sugar growers, among others - offer the best chance yet to protect the threatened waterway from contaminants flushed in from fertilizer and manure.
By Gilbert M. Gaul and Anthony R. Wood and Gilbert M. Gaul and Anthony R. Wood,knight-ridder/tribune | May 21, 2000
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Chris Smith and David Friedland are poking holes in the perfectly manicured lawn of Constantine Afansief's home 10 miles west of Barnegat Bay, in Ocean County, N.J. Row upon row of compact new homes line the street. Each was carved out of uplands once thick with pine trees and hardwoods. After the trees were ripped out, the topsoil was scraped and covered with sod. To the untrained eye, the lawn appears perfect. Yet when Smith tries to force a slim metal rod into the grass, to measure its ability to drain, the rod resists after an inch or two. "The soil is really compact here," says Smith, a soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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