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By TOM HORTON | September 10, 1994
There is a place, a sanctuary, a refuge where I sometimes go, on a tidal creek near home, to drift in a canoe, greenwalled by wild rice and swamp maples from all sight and sound of humanity.It is not the quiet and solitude that renew me there so much as the power -- all-encompassing, throbbing; though at first you might scarcely notice.But listen. Wings whir -- the vanguard of blackbirds, flown clear from New England to stoke their little engines with a summer's-worth of seed production from the fecund marsh.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
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."
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | October 3, 2003
TODAY marks the 500th appearance of this weekly column, more than a decade of analyzing what's right and wrong with the Chesapeake Bay. This columnist still "awakens every morning, torn between a desire to change the world, or just to enjoy it," as essayist E.B. White wrote of himself. That will be the case if the column lives to be 1,000. Much remains of this bay that is fishable, swimmable and beautiful. Last week I paddled in perfect solitude past colonies of pelicans and terns and skimmers, hooked a fat rockfish from the marsh edge for dinner around sunset, and scored two soft shell crabs from a local waterman to go with it. Who would want to change that?
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