By TOM HORTON | November 5, 1994
First, a clarification: Because of editorial changes in last week's column, readers may have inferred that I think Ellen Sauerbrey, the Republican candidate for governor, agrees with nearly all the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's recommended positions on the environment.The column should have advised voters to take her claim to that effect with a dose of salt. For 16 years, Mrs. Sauerbrey has consistently opposed issues supported by the foundation and other environmentalists, ranging from clean air and strip mining to recycling, endangered species and forest protection.
BOWIE -- Joseph Mills just wants to keep doing what his family has been doing on the outskirts of this town for 30-some years - raise a few cattle on the hilly 10-acre plot his aging parents entrusted to him. Oasis Farms, they call it. It has been anything but that the past six months. The stream that used to meander through Mills' pasture has gone dry, apparently an unforeseen result of runoff control measures taken by a developer building an 1,800-home planned community on three sides of his property.
By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | May 16, 1991
The Army is helping thousands of migratory fish reproduce.Officials at Fort George G. Meade unveiled a "fish ladder" yesterday that will allow ocean-going fish to swim upstream to their traditional spawning grounds for the first time in 50 years.For five decades, schools of blueback herring, hickory shad and alewife have been thwarted by a dam, which the U.S. Army built across the Little Patuxent River to supply the Odenton base with water.Army contractors built a specially engineered metal and concrete staircase this spring to help the fish cross the dam and continue their 2,000-mile journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the river's upper reaches.
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2000
The need for a bypass dominated a meeting last night of Manchester town officials and Carroll County commissioners. The wide-ranging session also included discussion of economic development, water and sewer resources, and neighborhood revitalization. "We're a little community up here swimming upstream," said Councilman Joe Jordan. "We've got growth to the north in another state altogether. We can't do much about that, I feel like I spend a lot of time in a reactive mode." "We've all been hoping for a long time for a bypass on Main Street," said Steven C. Horn, county planning director.
By Lane Harvey Brown and Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2003
From the tiny viewing room at the top of Conowingo hydroelectric dam's fish elevator, Dick Williams ticked off a status report on the American shad in the Susquehanna River. It sounded promising as Williams clicked a metal counter in his hand each time one of the silvery, torpedo-shaped fish floated by. "Your eyes do bug-eye," said the Lancaster, Pa., retiree, who is working part time this spring to help count the elevator's catch. "You blink, and you might miss two fish." Small numbers?
By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 3, 2001
BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas - Until a few months ago, the Rio Grande gushed into the Gulf of Mexico here, but now the river's mouth is parched - instead of a ribbon of blue, a 500-foot sandbar marks the U.S.-Mexico border. That and a small sign, some strategically placed driftwood and a piece of drooping orange fence. An eight-year drought and voracious invaders - hundreds of thousands of thirsty migrants to booming border towns and exotic, water-hungry weeds - have consumed the great river's flow and helped bring it to this pathetic end after a journey of 1,900 miles from the Colorado mountains.
By Madeleine Begun Kane | August 27, 1995
Tubing -- the masochistic act of hurtling down a fall-fraught river while clinging to an inner tube. Somehow my husband, Mark, talked me, a devout wimp, into trying it.Why did I go along for the rocky river ride? Perhaps I was dazed by the beauty of the Catskill Mountains' Esopus River. Perhaps the brave (or the foolish) teens who plunged heedlessly into the Esopus shamed me into saying "yes." Or maybe I was just feeling a bit guilty for being a perennial naysayer. Whatever the reason, on a recent summer day I broke my first rule of survival: If they advise helmets, avoid it.I'm not the world's best swimmer.
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
The redevelopment of a former Army post in the Blue Ridge Mountains might not appear to have much in common with the renovation of the historic Hippodrome Theatre on Baltimore's west side. Spanning roughly 600 acres in Western Maryland's Washington County, Fort Ritchie envelops two small lakes and is speckled with spruce trees and gray stone buildings dating to the 1920s. It's hardly a theater in a gritty part of downtown. But like the Hippodrome , the installation presents a daunting set of questions - multiple stakeholders with competing interests, historic considerations, a difficult location.
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1998
Think fishing in Central and Eastern Maryland, and Chesapeake Bay rockfish or river and impoundment bass probably come to mind first. But the state also has a burgeoning freshwater trout fishery that is attracting thousands of anglers of all ages."
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