Bay Journal

May 2013 - Volume 23 - Number 3

It’s time to pay the piper as cities’ aging infrastructures need updating

It's 10 a.m. in Southwest Baltimore, and a city crew has been here for five hours. Traffic cones direct cars through an obstacle course on Maiden Choice Lane, just across the city line from the suburb of Catonsville. Earlier, water was rushing through the street but now there is just waiting. Soon, a supervisor with the Department of Public Works will open the street and investigate what ails these nearly century-old pipes.

Chesapeake Bay stewardship grants available

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will award between $8 million and $10 million late this summer in grants from its Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for projects that restore habitat and improve water quality in the Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

Mattawoman watershed at a tipping point

If there was a place in the Chesapeake watershed where people might have learned to grow greenly, it was Southern Maryland's Mattawoman Creek, a lesson in sustainability long begging to be learned.

Forty years ago, the 19-mile-long tributary of the Potomac, 25 miles downstream and a world away from Washington, DC, was known to state and federal natural resources departments and national environmental groups as a special place.

It remains such, but now, with the lesson still unlearned, is less so, and is far more threatened than it was on a day in 1976, when proof of its special status was easy to come by.

Chesapeake Valley Seed
When it comes to inventory, bigger is better!

www.chesapeakevalleyseed.com

Features

Travel

Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award
CONTEST OPENS JAN 27
$5000 Grand Prize
www.chesapeakestormwater.net/the-bubbas/
Winter Wildlife Festival
Virginia Beach, VA
Jan 26th, 10am-4pm
Exhibit Hall & Walk-Up Workshops, Children's activites
www.vb.gov.com
Restoring the Native Balance....Enrst Seeds
Beaver Problem?  Ecotone has the humane solution.
www.ecotoneinc.com
Stormwater Maintenance & Consulting.  WE PROTECT AND RESTORE.
http://www.swmaintenance.com  
http://www.md.swm.com
Environmental Quality Resources
Leaders in Environmental Construction since 1991

www.eqrllc.com
Clydes Sports Shop
GreenSmith Public Affairs

(703) 623-3834
A Smith Island family ponders the future:
remain on the island where they been rooted for generations or move to the mainland

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