Summer is here, so it’s time for our combined July-August issue which gives our staff a chance to unwind and head outside (and our readers a chance to catch up with their Bay Journals).

We’re leaving you with an issue packed with important stories.

The battle between Exelon and Maryland over how much the Conowingo Dam owner should contribute to the Bay cleanup effort has far-reaching implications for the Chesapeake. The Bay could use some help: The interim 2017 cleanup goal was missed, and the EPA is warning states — especially Pennsylvania — to ramp up efforts if they are to reach their 2025 objective.

But there is some good news. Dolphins are turning up in surprising numbers and in surprising places, while the invasive Chinese mitten crab doesn’t seem to be turning up anywhere.

Last fall, Tom Horton and I sat down for a long chat with University of Maryland scientists Walt Boynton and Mike Kemp to talk about their long careers on the Bay, as well as the new signs of hope they see for the estuary in their most recent work, which has just been published. In this issue, Tom writes about their long careers in Chesapeake Born, while I write about how their work offers new hints of a Bay recovery.

If you’re looking for something to do during the summer, we have an expanded five-page Bulletin Board section which offers all sorts of ideas.

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Welcome to Jeremy Cox

We recently welcomed Jeremy Cox to our staff. Our first reporter on the Eastern Shore, Jeremy comes to us from the Daily Times in Salisbury where he has worked since 2012. Jeremy has been covering issues affecting Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, and will help with our coverage of all three states.

Jeremy has been a reporter for daily newspapers since 2002, having previously worked for the Florida Times-Union and the Daily News in Naples, FL. He’s been writing about the Bay since coming to Salisbury, but has plenty of previous environmental reporting; Jeremy won awards for environmental coverage while in Florida and participated in the production of a 15-part series about the Gulf of Mexico while at the Naples Daily News.

Jeremy will continue to teach a course in journalism at Salisbury University where his wife also teaches journalism.