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Rona Kobell

Trash effort taking its message to Baltimore streets, sidewalks

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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...

Raising awareness about the Bay

The calendar is chock-full of weeks designated to honor teachers, secretaries, nurses and firefighters; other weeks have been set aside to raise awareness about everything from air quality to the zika virus. But when some Chesapeake Bay region lawmakers discovered there was no official week for North America’s largest estuary, they sought to change that.

This year, the...

Bernie Fowler still fighting the good fight for the Patuxent

Bernie Fowler has been running most of his life.

As a child, he ran a mile to get milk for his mother. He ran track in high school, on a crude oval through the woods. He ran for office, first for Calvert County commissioner, then for state senator.

At age 56, he became a senior Olympian, eventually winning 100 gold medals, 38 silvers and 17 bronzes.

And when he wasn’t...

Horseshoe crabs crawl back

Every spring, John Rodenhausen looks forward to seeing a few horseshoe crabs on the beach at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters outside Annapolis.

This year, Rodenhausen said, thousands of the prehistoric-looking creatures, which resemble spiders more than crabs, were mating on the Annapolis beach in late May. As is their wont, the smaller males attached to the larger...

Discover the Sherwood Forest plantation of President John Tyler

It’s easy to reach the home of John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States. Just follow the John Tyler Memorial Highway in Charles City County, VA.

The Sherwood Forest plantation, where members of the Tyler family have lived since the former president purchased it in 1842, doesn’t see the traffic of nearby attractions. It’s hard to stand out in a state with so much...

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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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