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Timothy B. Wheeler

Arlington Woods a living monument to forests of the past

Cemeteries are places of remembrance. 

Arlington National Cemetery is perhaps the most famous, the final resting place of more than 400,000 veterans of American conflicts and their spouses.

Virtually unnoticed among all of the headstones, there’s a different kind of memorial. It’s a 12-acre swath of trees tucked into a steep ravine downhill from Arlington House, the one-time home...

East Coast fishery managers order 18% cut in striped bass harvest

Acting to stem serious declines in the striped bass population, East Coast fishery managers have ordered an 18% harvest reduction for the coming year. How that will be done in the Chesapeake Bay remains to be seen.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s striped bass management board on Wednesday agreed to the reduction after an extended debate over how to respond to a...

Action against Virginia pending for violating menhaden catch limit in the Chesapeake Bay

Harvests of Atlantic menhaden in Virginia waters risk being shut down after a fishing fleet based in the state netted more of the commercially and ecologically important fish from the Chesapeake Bay than allowed.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously Thursday to find Virginia out of compliance for not enforcing a cap set on menhaden catches in the Bay....

Forest conservation bill weakened as debate rages in Maryland county

After a contentious public hearing over a forest conservation bill in one of Maryland’s most populous counties, local lawmakers have scaled back a proposal to tighten requirements for developers to preserve trees or replace those they cut down.

The Anne Arundel County Council approved more than a dozen amendments to a bill pushed by County Executive Steuart Pittman, with most of...

To aid cleanup efforts, study looks at how toxic PFAS move through soil

Brian Shedd has been spending time this year in a musty old brick building on Baltimore’s waterfront, where he’s hoping to unlock the secrets of a troublesome family of toxic chemicals contaminating water supplies across the United States.

Shedd, a geologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, set up a laboratory in the 19th century structure, which once...

Company’s payoff comes when stream restoration work is proven effective

Like two kids playing in the mud, a pair of excavators carve a new channel for an eroding stream on a farm in Cecil County, MD. One hulking machine picks up a tree trunk, pivots and passes it across the gash in the ground. The other grabs it and deposits it in the bank.

Across the Chesapeake watershed, degraded streams are getting similar facelifts in an attempt to curb the flow...

Forest conservation bill draws controversy in Maryland county

Battle lines have been drawn in one of Maryland’s most populous counties over preserving more of its forest land from development, in a debate that could be a test case for the rest of the state.

The Anne Arundel County Council held a nearly three-hour public hearing Monday night in Annapolis on a bill introduced by County Executive Steuart Pittman that he has said would...

Maryland imposes oyster harvest limits, but drops plan to shorten season

Maryland officials placed new restrictions Monday on harvesting wild oysters this fall and winter but dropped a plan to shorten the season that had drawn fire from watermen and seafood dealers.

Instead of delaying the opening of the harvest season, the regulations posted online by the Department of Natural Resources trim the number of days per week when watermen can harvest...

Researchers find sunscreen chemicals in Chesapeake oysters

​The Chesapeake Bay’s oysters already have plenty of challenges to deal with — nutrient and sediment pollution, parasitic diseases and harvest pressure, to name a few.

One thing they won’t have to worry about is getting sunburned. A new study finds Bay bivalves are apparently ingesting sunscreen ingredients from the water and sediment around them.

A team led by researchers from...

Maryland proposes 30% cut in commercial oyster harvest

Acting to curtail overfishing, Maryland natural resources officials proposed new oyster harvest restrictions Monday night that they said could reduce commercial landings by about 30% in the upcoming season.

The proposed cutbacks, which include shortening the wild harvest season, reducing the maximum daily catch and closing some reefs in the Upper Chesapeake Bay, are aimed at...

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About Timothy B. Wheeler

Timothy B. Wheeler's avatar Timothy B. Wheeler is associate editor and senior writer for the Bay Journal. He has more than two decades of experience covering the environment for The Baltimore Sun and other media outlets. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

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