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‘A crappy business’: Manure broker speaks out on tighter MD rules

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Ray Ellis makes a living hauling chicken poop — tons of it, often across state lines.

He owns the largest manure transport company on the Delmarva Peninsula, a region with one of the highest concentrations of meat chickens in the country, with a capacity for 150 million birds.

In other words, if anyone stood to personally gain from a new regulation that would require more chicken...

Political shift in VA has climate advocates hopeful for action

Virginia, like many coastal states, has been battling climate change primarily on two fronts: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing coastal communities for rising seas.

The state’s formal response to climate change can be traced to then-Gov. Tim Kaine’s executive order in December 2007 that formed the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change.

Since then, climate action...

Thirst for protecting water supplies drives WV partnership

Jan. 9, 2014, was a watershed day in West Virginia history.

That’s when 10,000 gallons of chemicals used in processing coal spilled from a storage tank into the Elk River, the drinking water source for 300,000 residents in a nine-county region, including Charleston, the state’s capital and largest city. The contamination forced the temporary closure of schools, businesses and the...

MD releases plan to fight saltwater amid rising seas

As rising seas drive saltwater farther inland, Maryland officials are urging local governments, drinking water suppliers, farmers and others to start preparing now for a saltier future.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration in December released the state’s first plan to combat saltwater intrusion. The 76-page report doesn’t forecast how widely impacts will be felt, citing a...

South Mountain battlefield not just for Civil War buffs

Shiloh, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettsyburg, the Wilderness: After more than 150 years, the names of certain Civil War battles continue to vibrate with meaning and consequence in the public’s imagination.

Their names are often deployed as shorthand to conjure images of valor, sacrifice and slaughter.

South Mountain: not so much.

Roundabouts, vegetable plots transform once-clogged traffic arteries

The days are turning chilly, the sunshine dwindling. A few dozen yards away, one of the busiest intersections in this part of Northern Virginia drowns out nature’s notes with a soundtrack of jake brakes and roaring engines.

But against this hostile agricultural backdrop, several rows of eggplants, tomatoes and radishes soldier on — the final fruits of a harvest that hardly anyone...

Flood of volunteers measures Norfolk’s increasing tides

When the tide bubbles up from storm sewers, turning her neighborhood into a Western Hemisphere version of Venice, Christina Laughlin starts navigating — on her phone.

It doesn’t have to rain to flood her subdivision, which sits on a low-lying peninsula a few miles from downtown Norfolk, VA. The community is a frequent victim of “sunny day” floods, which are caused by high tides...

Eastern Shore controversy spotlights chicken plant slurry

​Lynette Kenney loves many things about living in the back country of Wicomico County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: the friendly neighbors, the wind-swept cornfields, the relative quiet compared with the bustle of Salisbury, the nearest city of any size.

Not on that list: the 3-million-gallon, open-air storage tank filled with foul-smelling ooze coming to her neck of the woods in...

Maryland leaders at odds over fees for livestock operations

When Maryland vastly expanded the number of farms with large numbers of animals that would require stormwater permits, it offered a grace period on fees to encourage farmers to enroll.

That was in 2009. After 10 years and two governors — one Democrat, one Republican — the Maryland Department of the Environment has continued to waive the annual charge, allowing farmers to avoid at...

New Bay grant projects range from stream buffers to soil health

One of the largest grant-making initiatives dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup has announced it is doling out nearly $13 million this year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation said Oct. 10 that the funding will be divided among 47 projects spread across the Bay region. The amounts range from $1 million to Virginia Tech for...

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