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VA legislature keeps conservation funding mostly intact

Chesapeake Bay issues generally fared well during the 2015 Virginia General Assembly, whose short, six-week session adjourned on time for the first time in 15 years.

The legislature passed bills to protect water quality; address impacts of climate change; promote clean and alternative energies; support land conservation; and create stiffer penalties to discourage oyster poaching. It also approved a biennial budget that keeps conservation-related funding mostly even with last year’s budget.

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Shenandoah salamander, a rare find, becoming even more scarce

Springtime in the Northeast usually means plenty of rain and the re-emergence of temporary pools — known as vernal pools — that form as water fills shallow depressions in forests, floodplains and meadows....
Kathy Reshetiloff | Bay Naturalist 03/24/15

Public comments needed to create best possible management strategies for Bay

On March 16, the Chesapeake Bay Program partners publicly released our collaborative plans for meeting the outcomes and goals under the “next generation” Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed last summer by...
Nick DiPasquale | Forum 03/24/15

Once is not enough — visitors always want to return

In the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island stands defiant. Its community remains strong and proud while all the other island towns in Maryland have faded away, their populations fleeing for the mainland. Smith...
Rona Kobell | Article 03/16/15

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