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Rona Kobell

Federal protection sought for Savage River

Mike Evans stood on a rocky bank of the Savage River and cast his fly forward. Behind him were his home and several log cabin guesthouses that he and his wife manage for vacationers. In the quiet autumn dusk, he waited for a bite from the wild brown and book trout that make this 30-mile, frigid river home.

“This is a critical watershed,” Evans said as he threw out the line...

MD eyes curb on bowfishing for cownose rays

Marylanders have a chance this week to make their voices heard.

No, this is not about the election of the next president or a U.S. senator. It is about the protection of the cownose ray, the big kite-shaped marine creature that scientists say has gotten a bad rap as a scourge of the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters.

Poultry zoning restrictions tabled in MD county

The drive to put some zoning restrictions on large new poultry farms on the Delmarva Peninsula has hit a speed bump, even as advocates press for more local action to safeguard the health of residents living near the facilities.

Maryland’s Worcester County commissioners last month tabled proposed poultry house siting restrictions to get more input from local farmers and other...

Pennsylvania stormwater: There’s an app for that!

The November print issue of the Bay Journal has gone to press, so we will be putting the stories online over the next week or two. One of the first to go up is a piece I wrote about Pennsylvania localities beginning to tackle their polluted runoff.

The story was inspired by a presentation at the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV, which is organized by the...

Solar energy runs into resistance in Maryland

Until recently, the future for solar energy in Maryland and Virginia looked blindingly bright — with the vast, flat farmland of the Eastern Shore seemingly fertile ground for planting thousands of photovoltaic arrays. Solar panel prices had come down, state and federal incentives had ramped up, and corporations committed to shrinking their carbon footprint were eager to invest.


Cloud lingers over MD paper mill’s impact on Potomac

A lit cigar in his mouth and a fly rod near his knee, Harold Harsh rows his blue raft down the North Branch of the Potomac River, past the smokestacks of the Luke paper mill in Maryland and the forlorn towns along the West Virginia bank. The water is so clear he can count the stones on the bottom — until he reaches the plant responsible for treating the paper mill’s waste.


PA municipalities begin uphill paddle to reach runoff goals, one stroke at a time

Pennsylvania is beginning to tackle its mammoth and long-neglected stormwater runoff problems, beginning the work in some unlikely places.

Blair County, a good 180 miles from the Chesapeake Bay, has begun to corral the various municipalities within its 340,000 mostly forested acres to work on cleaning the runoff from their developed areas.
Lancaster, a city so firmly rooted in...

New zoning restrictions address issues from larger chicken houses

Chicken farms, once tucked into fields and in mostly rural areas, have come to roost near schools, daycare centers and subdivisions on the Delmarva Peninsula. The change — in both location and density — is prompting local politicians to enact some of their first zoning restrictions on poultry growers.

But many residents contend the changes are window dressing — addressing...

October brings falling leaves - and oyster fests

There’s a chill in the air, falling leaves on the ground and pumpkins on the front stoop. In the Chesapeake Bay, those are signs it is time for oyster festival season.

The Chesapeake Bay oyster season officially starts in September, the first “r” month during which the law allows the harvest of wild oysters, and just about the earliest time anyone would want to eat them....

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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.

Chesapeake College’s new Agriculture AAS is a two-year degree debuting in Fall 2016.
Wholesale reclamation and wetland seed supplier.
A Documentary Inspired by William W. Warner’s 1976 Exploration of Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay.

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