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Rona Kobell

MD Natural Resources Police face increasing duties without budget to match

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Brandon Davis doesn’t like something about the boat cruising through Kent Narrows.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer First Class has noticed the small craft has no fishing gear on board. It’s a cloudy, on-and-off rain day. The only other boats out are fishing charter parties, commercial crabbers and tankers. The three men on board, all young, are not wearing life...

Crabbers, scientists seeing more, larger blue crabs this spring

C. J. Canby nosed his dead-rise, the Miss Paula, from its berth in Bodkin Creek toward the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Even though it had rained for almost three weeks, the water was like glass. In a few hours, he would touch seahorses. In a couple of days, he would see a baby crab — fairly unusual for such a northern stretch of water.

“It’s definitely looking like it’s going to be...

Hogan administration eyes relaxing Maryland farm pollution regulation

Maryland agriculture officials said Tuesday they are looking to relax a four-year-old regulation aimed at reducing farm runoff pollution into the Chesapeake Bay after farmers and some municipal sewage agencies complained about the costs of complying.

The regulation, which took effect July 1, affects mainly dairy farmers and municipal wastewater agencies that generate treated...

Maryland weighs delay, changes in farm pollution regulation

Maryland agriculture officials are weighing the delay or easing a 4-year-old regulation aimed at curbing farm pollution of the Chesapeake Bay after farmers and municipal sewage treatment plant operators said they need more time to comply – or want out from under it altogether.

Under the regulation, neither animal manure nor treated sewage sludge, known as biosolids, may be...

Trash effort taking its message to Baltimore streets, sidewalks

The mural painted on the sidewalk shouts, “Keep it Clean!” in bubble letters adorned with daisies.

The sidewalk around it, though, is anything but. A giant cardboard box, which once contained a sofa lounge, obscures most of the mural. Plastic bags float into it with the wind. Trash from a can marked with an address up the block spills over onto the orange part of a painted...

Entrepreneurs to build large private oyster hatchery in MD

A group of Maryland entrepreneurs is planning to build the state’s first large private oyster hatchery in decades, a move they say will both boost and diversify the burgeoning aquaculture industry.

They have also agreed to work with Morgan State University, which has a small hatchery at its research facility in Southern Maryland.

Johnny Shockley and Ricky Fitzhugh, co-owners...

Bernie’s feet lead the way in another Patuxent River wade-in

Bernie Fowler’s 29th annual Patuxent River Wade-In began Sunday with great optimism. There were prayers, the National Anthem, a beautiful sunny day and a crowd of more than 200 relatives, friends and legislators on hand to see firsthand how clear the water was.

The news has been good lately for the Bay, with reports of increased water clarity, more grass beds and more crabs...

Paddlers rally in Baltimore to press for harbor cleanup

They came by canoe, kayak, dragon boat, even paddleboard. More than 250 people paddled from different parts of Baltimore to meet in the Inner Harbor and rally for clean water.

“Fix the pipes, fix the pipes,” they chanted. Drones circled overhead to photograph the same message, spelled out in a floating sign in front of the Maryland Science Center.

The “floatilla,” as it was...

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About Rona Kobell

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Rona Kobell is a staff writer for the Bay Journal. She has began her journalism career at The Jerusalem Post, then moved to Washington, D.C., to become a writer and editor for Public Risk, a trade journal. She worked for newspapers in St. Joseph, Mo., and her hometown of Pittsburgh before joining The Baltimore Sun in 2000 where she became its Chesapeake Bay reporter in 2004. Her work has won numerous awards and in 2008, she was selected as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan, where she spent a year studying the use of economic incentives in environmental policy.

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