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Timothy B. Wheeler

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

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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...

Chesapeake tributary flows free in wake of dam removal

Maryland’s Bloede Dam is no more. Fish and people alike have wasted little time taking advantage of the newly liberated 8.4-mile stretch of the Patapsco River, which now flows unhindered for the first time in more than a century.

State and federal officials and the nonprofit American Rivers announced in August that the weather-challenged project to remove the 112-year-old dam is...

Maryland denies permits for solar projects that sought to clear forests

Maryland regulators have blocked two large solar power projects in Charles County that together would have cleared 400 acres of woodlands. Some environmentalists hailed the decisions while others lamented them, highlighting tensions in the state over the siting of renewable energy projects.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) announced Wednesday that it had denied a...

Options to rebuild oyster population in MD draw criticism

Maryland watermen face potential cutbacks in their wild Chesapeake Bay oyster harvest starting this fall, as the state eyes new regulations aimed at eventually making the troubled fishery sustainable. But critics question whether the state is serious about ending overharvesting, and lawmakers could order a do-over.

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources told their...

Court dismisses case for gas pipeline under Western Maryland Rail Trail

A federal court has dealt another setback to a hotly disputed pipeline project that would ship natural gas through Western Maryland and beneath the Potomac River.

The U.S. District Court for Maryland on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Columbia Gas Transmission seeking access to a strip of land owned by the state so it could complete the 3.5-mile pipeline intended to supply...

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