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EPA chief calls Pennsylvania’s lagging Bay cleanup “discouraging”

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy acknowledged Wednesday that Pennsylvania had not done enough to control pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay, and said that her agency needed to coordinate with agriculture officials to change the course.

Pennsylvania’s lack of progress is “discouraging at the very least,” McCarthy told hundreds of environmental...

Anacostia Park, once planned as an urban oasis, still more of a mirage

Just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, begins a swath of riverfront green space about 1.5 times the size of Central Park. Here, a short walk from homes that sell for more than half a million dollars each, geese outnumber people. The river is quiet, with scarcely a boat in sight. On a clear day, a visitor can see into the windows of the gleaming new condos...

Forget “the right people”: Everyone deserves to see special places

Not long ago, the Bay Journal posted an article I wrote about Savage Neck Dunes, a wonderful preserve on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

The article, which was written for Bay Journeys, has been shared online. I also wrote a blog post about it last year, after the visit, and shared some cool photos I took of downed trees. (For the Journeys article, we showcased Dave Harp’s beautiful...

Tolerance took root in St. Mary’s City

Historic St. Mary’s City, an archeological and heritage center at the site of Maryland’s first capital, features an extensive collection of American Indian artifacts, true-to-the-time replicas and re-enactors in period costume.

But the original city nearly became lost, a footnote along a state highway with perhaps nothing more than a plaque marking the site where colonists...

Bay Commission has quietly pushed region’s environmental agenda for 35 years

The Chesapeake Bay region is filled with environmental groups and government entities that have worked to stop pollution, preserve forests and farmland, and save endangered places from rampant development. These groups tend to put out press releases that tout their accomplishments and work hard to raise money so they can do more.

But there is one body that has, for more than 35...

Aquarium program offers food for thought on eating sustainably

For decades, the National Aquarium has entertained millions of visitors while also teaching them about the need to conserve aquatic resources. The Baltimore institution has rescued marine animals off the coast of Ocean City, built floating wetlands to help clean the Inner Harbor’s water and featured Chesapeake Bay creatures in its tanks and exhibits.

But the aquarium was nearly...

Army Corps moves to streamline Maryland oyster farming permits

Maryland oyster farmers, who’ve long complained that bureaucratic red tape and permitting delays are holding back their fledgling industry, should see speedier approvals of their aquaculture projects under a streamlined review process that federal regulators unveiled Friday.

The Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing two major changes to aquaculture...

Earth Day, 46 years on: How far we’ve come, how far to go

Today, April 22, is the 46th annual Earth Day.

But these days, in a way, every day is Earth Day.

Not a day goes by when we don’t hear about environmental injustices in the world, and about people who are fighting them. We are so much more aware now than we were decades ago about the importance of clean water, breathable air, sustainable food and healthy living. We don’t...

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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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