Rarely has the news about the Bay been so starkly mixed. On the one hand, underwater grasses — one of the most closely watched indicators of Bay health — have hit record levels. Blue crabs also appear to have clearly bounced back from the persistent low-levels that had become the norm just a decade ago.

Yet on the other hand, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Bay Program faces the threat of elimination in the Trump administration’s budget, and other federal agencies that support the Bay also face steep cuts.

Science programs across the nation confront the possibility of severe federal cuts or elimination — including the Sea Grant program, as we report in this issue.

As sea levels rise and temperatures warm, the administration is also planning to scale back or close down climate-change offices in multiple agencies.

Getting duplicate Bay Journals?

Here at the Bay Journal, we’ve been ramping up efforts to reach new readers with these stories, which we expect to continue in coming months.

In preparation, we’ve been undertaking a long-overdue task of modernizing our mailing list. For a long time, we’ve kept all of our records on spreadsheets; now we’ve consolidated them into a new database.

This means that we’ll be able to add, remove and update reader addresses more quickly — and reduce the potential for human error in doing so.

We’ve also revised the subscription ID number (the number above your name on the mailing label) into a single numbering system, ending some confusion.

But in updating the list, whenever there was a question about a name or address, we erred on the side of leaving readers on the list rather than accidentally removing one. As a result, a few readers are likely to get duplicates, while a few subscribers to our e-newsletter might suddenly get the printed newspaper in their postal mailbox.

If that happens, please let us know so your information gets properly entered in the database. (Of course, if you like receiving the paper as well as the email, let us know, we’re happy to continue.)

You can use the coupon below, or email us at subscribe.bayjournal@earthlink.net with the updated information. It will help if you include the subscriber ID number above your name on the mailing label.

In the meantime, please pass the extra copy on to a friend, family member or co-worker who wants up-to-date information about the Chesapeake Bay.

That — somewhat inadvertently — will help us achieve our broader objective of increasing our readership growth each month. And for that vast majority of readers who see no change — except your ID number — we also encourage you to pass your copy on to potential new readers. Building our audience, we believe, helps not only us, but the Bay.