For the past three years, the Bay Journal has had a partnership with WYPR radio in Baltimore. Once a month, we come on the air to do a show called Midday on the Bay, part of Dan Rodricks' satble of themed shows (He also has Midday on Food, Midday on Wine, Midday on the Law, Midday on Science, etc.) As a longtime fan of the show, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to become a regular. Usually, Dan and I come up with ideas together and then decide if we're going to have guests join us on the topic. Sometimes we do; sometimes it's just me. Fortunately, there hasn't been much radio science; he's a terrific host, and I'm a talker.
The show is usually on the third Thursday of every month from 1-2. We stick to that schedule unless news pre-empts us, or one of us has a need for a schedule change.
I'm excited about today's show, because we'll have a live musician in with us. (That's a first -- once before we had a tuba player on when it was Midday on the Bay time, and he was a little late for A Tuba Christmas and we had to ab lib a bit.)
The topics for today: farms, farmers' markets, and the big environmental stories of the year.
Like most years, this one has been chock full of Bay news, and we've covered it all here for you in the Bay Journal.
To me, the biggest story was the kerfuffle over the stormwater fee. Next would probably be the Pennsylvania judge affirming the EPA's right to impose the total maximum daily load. The poultry lawsuit reverberated this year, though the decision was late in 2012, if I remember right. Pesticides became a big issue, as a group in Maryland wants a registry and the industry is fighting back. And the back-and-forth on phosphorus is a story not yet over, as the Maryland Department of Agriculture put out new phosphorus regulations, pulled them from emergency status, introduced them again, and then pulled them back again.
Looking forward to next year, I think in Maryland we'll be hearing a lot more about stormwater. Pennsylvania will contrinue to be a hot spot for fracking, and Virginia will grapple with emerging issues related to its natural gas reserves.
Listen to the show, and let me know if I'm on the mark, or if I've missed it. You can listen live at www.wpyr.org or at your local NPR station.