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Rona Kobell

Volunteer pilots offer environmentalists an eye in the sky

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Jeremy Jacobsohn guided his Piper Arrow down a runway at Lee Airport toward a kaleidoscope of fall color in the woods ahead. As the plane ascended, leaving suburban Edgewater behind, the houses became tiny dots and the Chesapeake Bay came slowly into view.

“This is the roller coaster part,” he said with a laugh.

Soon, Jacobsohn swooped south over the white-capped Chesapeake,...

Hogan proposes legislation on renewable energy, pollution trading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan this week announced an environmental agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session that asks lawmakers to approve investments in clean energy, but also seeks to divert $10 million raised for sewage-treatment plant upgrades to instead jump-start the state’s stalled nutrient pollution trading program.

The Republican governor, in a press release and...

Maryland still mulling cownose ray bowfishing limits

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources still wants to hear from the public on how it should manage cownose rays, a migratory species that bowhunters enjoy killing for sport and conservationists wish to save because of their beauty and importance to the ecosystem.

The department has put a revised notice on its fishing regulations web page saying it will take comments...

Patuxent Research Refuge serves humans, flora and fauna

The Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, is a wonderful surprise, a 12,841-acre nature preserve tucked between two major cities that is a world unto itself.

A turn or two off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway puts visitors on Scarlet Tanager Loop, a tree-lined winding road that leads through mature trees and ends in about two miles at a beautiful, interactive visitor and...

Many Pennsylvania farmers have stepped up to curb pollution, survey finds

For several years, regulators have been sounding the alarm about Pennsylvania agriculture’s lagging pace in meeting its Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals. For nearly as long, the farmers have been telling the government that they have been putting in a lot of pollution-controlling practices, but they weren’t getting credit for them.

So earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department...

Maryland’s shoreline protections keep getting nibbled away

Maryland’s Critical Area law was part of a revolutionary suite of environmental protections passed in the wave of enthusiasm to save the Chesapeake Bay that followed the 1983 launch of the federal-state restoration effort.

The idea was to protect water quality and waterfront wildlife habitat by restricting development within 1,000 feet of the shoreline, and by largely...

Goldsborough has been the calm in the storm of fisheries management

Bill Goldsborough was the perfect person to build an environmental education outpost on Maryland’s Smith Island. With a love of fishing and an environmental science degree from the University of Virginia, the young Chesapeake Bay Foundation staffer took to the marshy isolation of Tylerton. He built relations between the group known for its “Save the Bay” bumper stickers and the...

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.

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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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