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Timothy B. Wheeler

MD lawmakers override Hogan’s veto, protect oyster sanctuaries undergoing restoration

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The Maryland General Assembly on Monday overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation aimed at preventing harvests from oyster sanctuaries in five Chesapeake Bay tributaries that the state has targeted for large-scale restoration.

By a narrow margin, the Senate mustered the three-fifths majority needed to overcome Hogan’s bid last week to block the oyster sanctuary bill. The...

CREP program interruptions hinder streamside tree planting efforts

Israel Creek meanders through rolling pastureland on Steve and Ruth Ann Derrenbacher’s farm in Frederick County, MD. A fence keeps their sheep away from the clear, cold water as it flows toward the Monocacy River.

Alder, willow and sycamore saplings in plastic tubes line a portion of the stream. Steve Derrenbacher, a veterinarian and third-generation farmer, said they’d like to...

Hogan vetoes oyster sanctuary bill

With Maryland’s watermen urging him to do so, Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday vetoed legislation that would block any changes to the boundaries of oyster sanctuaries in five Chesapeake Bay tributaries without legislative approval.

“This bill is bad policy, is bad for our watermen, and — worst of all — is bad for the Chesapeake Bay,” Hogan said in a strongly worded veto message to...

Hogan holds up Mallows Bay sanctuary to address watermen’s fears of losing livelihood

It’s been four and a half years since the state of Maryland asked the federal government to make Mallows Bay a national marine sanctuary to safeguard the final resting place of a “ghost fleet” of World War I–era ships as well as some even older relics.

Despite having broad support, the effort to protect this historic ship graveyard on the Potomac River south of Washington, D.C....

Localities challenged to meet stormwater reductions

Stormwater pollution is proving to be one tough nut to crack in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. To understand how tough, just look at how Maryland’s largest city and the state’s biggest suburbs have struggled with it.

A year ago, despite having spent more than $100 million on a slew of projects, Montgomery County failed to meet state requirements for reducing polluted runoff from...

MD legislators increase protection for oyster sanctuaries in 5 Bay tributaries

Oyster sanctuaries in five Chesapeake Bay tributaries selected by Maryland for large-scale restoration projects will get an extra level of protection from commercial harvest under legislation approved in Annapolis this week.

Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that requires legislative approval to alter the sanctuaries where major reef restoration work is...

Former MD governor Harry Hughes, who launched Bay restoration, dies

Former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes, who launched  the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort, died Wednesday at his home on the Eastern Shore. He was 92.

The state’s 57th governor, in office from 1979 to 1987, forged the federal-state partnership that for the last 35 years has labored to reverse the decline of North America’s largest estuary.

An Eastern Shore native, Hughes made...

Trump administration makes another bid to slash Chesapeake cleanup funds

The Trump administration has once again called for deep cuts in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, despite failing twice before to convince Congress to approve similar proposals.

The move, announced Monday, drew immediate criticism from environmentalists and vows from lawmakers to maintain or even increase spending on the long-running restoration effort.

The fiscal...

Comments sought as DNR, lawmakers weigh options for managing Maryland’s oysters

The long, contentious tug-of-war over the future of Maryland’s oysters is playing out on two fronts these days.

The state Department of Natural Resources is taking public comments on a new plan for managing the state’s oyster population, but lawmakers in Annapolis are weighing legislation that could foreclose some options in the plan — and possibly even require the department to...

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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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