Supreme Court ends challenge to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan

Some milestones need to be celebrated and documented like the news in this Chesapeake Bay Foundation Press Release, February 29, 2016 Supreme Court Allows Chesapeake Bay Blueprint to Stand Farm Bureau Challenge without Merit (ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case […]

Putting “tribute” back in tributary

As this year comes to a close, we wish you the peace of the season and invite you to read this reflection by our newest board member, Bobby Whitescarver, entitled “Every Person, Every Tributary”— written for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Click on this link or the image below to see the finished product that was published in […]

Predictably scary: nutrient pollution

To the uninitiated, the forests of Pennsylvania have no connection whatsoever with the manatees of Florida. After all, they’re separated by a thousand miles. The forests are on land, the manatees in the water. But both were in the news this Halloween week. Pennsylvania forests made regional news because Governor Tom Corbett approved legislation reducing […]

What’s clean water worth? The bottom line says billions

How much is clean water worth to you? Some of its benefits are incalculable – can you really put a dollar value on good health, a memorable fishing trip, or a babbling brook? But this week, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation tried. They looked at eight natural benefits that would be enhanced if the Chesapeake Clean […]

Sex and Drinking Water

It’s hard to get more fundamental than this. The water news this week focused on the toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie that poisoned Toledo, Ohio’s drinking water, and a federal study that discovered intersex fish throughout the Delaware, Susquehanna, and Ohio Rivers. But these stories really are just the tip of the iceberg: Many, […]

Would a moratorium solve the blue crab crisis?

This past week, the venerable Angus Phillips – former outdoors columnist for The Washington Post – emerged briefly from retirement to make an angry plea on The Post’s pages: ban crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. He lamented this summer’s lousy blue crab numbers – foretold by this past winter’s dredge survey – and reminded readers […]

Oyster restoration offers a foothold for the future

This past spring, we blogged about a federal study demonstrating how oyster replenishment could eliminate nitrogen pollution in the Potomac River estuary. Now that it’s summer, the news is filled with encouraging stories of oyster restoration projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Josh Bollinger of The Star Democrat in Easton, Maryland recently reported on replenishment efforts […]

Summertime blues: dead zones hit their peak

It’s summertime. Time for swimming holes and sailboats, fishing poles and ice cream cones. And time for dead zones. It’s July, and that means the area of deoxygenated water in the Chesapeake Bay is hitting its peak right about now. The algae have bloomed, thriving on a generous diet of fertilizer released from thousands of […]

Soundings: Sail Day 3 (unedited)

Thursday, July 9, 2014. 0100 hours (that’s 1:00 am) Heading 60 degrees north Somewhere off Long Island Looks like tracking software has lost the link. We did not sink off Atlantic City! New tracking link: https://track.gs/F7wFD8 My two hour watch rotation was from 2300 on Day 2 ending at 0100 this morning. Perfect timing for […]

Soundings: Sail Day 2 (unedited)

Wednesday July 8, 2014 O230 Cape May Point Tried to share waypoint and photograph of the lighthouse and beach from the glow of the beacon, we were that close to the shore as we took a few miles off of our entrance to the ocean. Shut eye: 0300 0500 – 0800 watch duty with Lex and […]