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Rona Kobell

The Chesapeake Bay’s pollution diet, and my own

I’m 42 years old and I have never had a fast-food hamburger. I don’t like French fries, potato chips, cheetos, Doritos, etc. I’ve never eaten a Twinkie. I don’t want one. I hate soda. I don’t drink regular, or diet. And I long ago gave up all sugar drinks like lemonade and juice. And yet, as I headed into my 30s, my weight started to creep up.

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Slow steam ahead

Drive up to Schnaitman’s Boat Rentals in Wye Mills, MD, and it’s as if you stepped back in time.

Even on a windy day, the Wye River is calm. Couples from New Jersey and Pennsylvania idle away the day in skiffs and rowboats, crab traps and lines overboard, hoping to catch some dinner. When they do, they bring it in, and Schnaitman’s steams up the catch — some of the fattest,...

A girl, a question, and a long answer

But if a child’s life is a lot of absolutes, a reporter’s life is full of nuances. These two worlds came to clash when I took my daughter to Tangier Island for three days of reporting. (See story here.) She spent a lot of time listening to me reporting on sea-level rise. Person after person told largely the same story, some version of: “Water isn’t rising here. It’s just erosion....

Saving Tangier Island

We have lost so many places on the Chesapeake. When they go, we lose their history and their culture. But we also lose them as bases from which to explore nature. Saving Tangier is important - not just for the few hundred people who live there, but also for the millions of people who don’t.

New rules for transporting oyster seed in Bay region proposed

Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources may soon change the way it issues permits for transporting shellfish over state lines.

Currently, oyster growers in Maryland need a shellfish transport permit to import seed or oyster larvae across state lines — even if that line is just a few miles away in Virginia. Maryland law requires the hatcheries supplying the seed to test each...

Wind blowing Dominion’s way on Cove Point?

Bay Journal photographer Dave Harp and I were mucking about the Eastern Shore’s numerous islands Wednesday when a clear view of Cove Point came into view. We could see the white cylinder containers, the platform where the ships come in. Just a ways down, we could make out the stacks at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, and the fast-eroding cliffs next to it.

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A strange wind

We may never figure out why Rep. Steny Hoyer opposes Great Wind, but we can see why Governor Martin O’Malley supports it. Politicians don’t always try to figure out which way the wind is blowing and get in front of it. Sometimes, it’s their convictions that point them in the right direction.

Dominion Resources gets favorable FERC review for Cove Point Export Facility

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has completed an environmental assessment of Dominion's plan to export natural gas from its Lusby facility and has concluded it can be built and operated without significant impact to the environment. This Finding of No Significant Impact, or FONSI, is what companies hope for in these proceedings. Had FERC found any issues of great...

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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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