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Army Corps moves to streamline Maryland oyster farming permits

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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...

Water pollution plummeted after Denmark tied farm runoff to subsidies

Imagine a scenario in which farmers would only receive government subsidies if they followed a strict fertilizer budget for their farms. Imagine also that, like all good budgets, theirs required a little belt-tightening, so they could only apply enough crop nutrients for 90 percent of their current yield.

Imagine, then, that the farmers got on board, and submitted to regulatory...

Chestertown aims to attract new wave of visitors with marina purchase

A decade ago, Chestertown seemed destined to lose its connection to its namesake river. But with a second chance from the Great Recession, one of the Chesapeake region’s most picturesque waterfront towns is now on course to becoming one of its most water-accessible.

Chestertown has bought the town’s sole surviving marina, which was slated for condos and private-only access to...

Little-known Savage Neck Dunes has pines, ponds and privacy

I’ve been writing about the Chesapeake Bay for more than a decade. I appreciate its beauty — and its fragility — and I try to stay attuned to its different moods and colors. Yet, after so many years, I sometimes feel that I’ve seen almost everything there is to see, at least once.

Maryland man faces felony charges in oyster aquaculture theft

On a cold January day, Maryland Natural Resources Police said they saw a man dumping items in the water by his St. Mary’s County home. Divers searching that stretch of Smith Creek off the Potomac River then recovered oysters, oyster shell and mesh bags of the type used in shellfish aquaculture operations, according to police.

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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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