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Chesapeake Bay report cites environmental justice disparities

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A report on the Chesapeake Bay has found strong disparities between communities in different parts of the bay's watershed in terms of health, economics and social justice concerns. The report was released this week by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. It's the first time an integrated environmental justice index was included in the center's evaluation of the health of the nation's largest estuary. […]

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EPA agrees to make Pennsylvania cut Chesapeake Bay pollution

BALTIMORE (AP) — A proposed settlement agreement says Pennsylvania will be forced to minimize its outsized role in polluting the Chesapeake Bay. The agreement announced Thursday would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to more stringently enforce clean water regulations in the state. It comes after other jurisdictions in the bay's watershed, including Maryland, filed a lawsuit in 2020 arguing Pennsylvania wasn't doing enough in their collective effort to reach […]

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Big dreams: Painter decides to buy aging Maryland lighthouse

BALTIMORE (AP) — To call it a fixer-upper would be generous. There's no running water, no heat, no electricity.  Once one gets past the romance of buying a historic Chesapeake Bay lighthouse, there's lead paint, asbestos and toxic benzene. Vandals broke down the door and seabirds died inside. Oh, it sits in about 18-feet of water within a U.S. Navy testing site called a "danger zone." Who wants the Hooper […]

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Report: US’s largest estuary, Chesapeake Bay, earns D-plus

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An environmental group has given the Chesapeake Bay watershed a D-plus grade in its "State of the Bay" report — the same grade it gave the watershed two years ago. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's report released Thursday says efforts to restore the nation's largest estuary are struggling to reduce agricultural pollution. The report, which is released every two years, says urban and suburban polluted runoff is […]

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Coast Guard faults pilot in Chesapeake Bay ship grounding

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard investigation into the grounding in March of a cargo ship in the Chesapeake Bay is faulting the pilot tasked with helping the ship navigate the waterway. In a news release Tuesday the Coast Guard specifically cited "the pilot's failure to maintain situational awareness and attention while navigating, and inadequate bridge resource management." The investigation found that the pilot relied too much on one piece […]

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Record low numbers prompt limits on Chesapeake Bay crabbing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — New restrictions on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay will take effect this year. The changes are being made after the yearly blue crab count plummeted to its lowest level since surveys began in 1990. Tighter harvest limits are being issued by both Maryland and Virginia. The states are trying to protect the iconic species and boost reproduction in the nation's largest estuary. The Baltimore Sun reports […]

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Chesapeake Bay watershed earns a C+ on latest ‘report card’

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay watershed has received an overall grade of C+ on its latest report card. Last year's status is a slight improvement over previous years, according to the report released Monday by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The Chesapeake Bay health score improved slightly from 45 to 50, a grade of C. The center's president, Dr. Peter Goodwin, said the health of […]

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Coast Guard suspends search in Chesapeake Bay for boater

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for a missing boater in the Chesapeake Bay. The Coast Guard had announced the search for 63-year-old Christopher Martin Young on Saturday. The search commenced after a boat with “signs of recent occupancy” was found beached near Factory Point, Virginia. Cell phone data indicated the vessel departed Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday evening and traveled south. The Coast Guard […]

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Survey: Chesapeake’s crab population at lowest since 1990

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population is estimated to be at its lowest since an annual survey began in 1990. The Department of Natural Resources’ annual winter dredge survey estimates that 227 million crabs are living in the nation’s largest estuary. That's down from 282 million in 2021. The survey’s highest estimate for crabs in the bay was 852 million in 1993. Officials […]

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