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Jeremy Cox

Atlantic white cedars helped to build nation, now need help rebuilding their population

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A flock of sixth-graders fanned out across a field pocked with thorny vines and a curious congregation of evergreens.

“I’ve got two more trees!” called out Travis Anthony, a crew leader with the Maryland Conservation Corps. “Who wants them?”

“Trees” was putting it politely. These reedy specimens looked more like Christmas trees that only Charlie Brown could love. Nonetheless, two...

Small-scale study finds no link between poultry farms, fouled streams

Fresh evidence collected in a corner of Virginia where chicken farm construction has boomed in recent years casts doubt on one of the most enduring criticisms of the industry: that the operations contaminate local streams with nutrients and harmful bacteria.

A Virginia Institute of Marine Science study found no “smoking gun” to suggest a link between chicken farms on the state’s...

Impact of voluntary Clean Marina program hard to gauge

Marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs across the mid-Atlantic have joined an effort to curb water pollution: the Clean Marina program.

The title, awarded by marine officials in 32 states, is reserved for facilities that take steps to reduce contaminants from boats and boatyards that would otherwise foul the waters beneath their docks. Participants affix specially designed logos to...

No longer treading water, Delaware moves toward dedicated cleanup funding

A bill that would dedicate $25 million a year toward tackling Delaware’s growing backlog of water-cleanup and drainage projects cleared a key legislative hurdle Wednesday.

The measure passed out of the House’s Natural Resources Committee, setting up a vote before the full chamber later this month.

Supporters say they hope to couple the dedicated funding with bonds to raise the...

Opponents of new Bay Bridge pushing for alternatives

As Maryland officials prepare to take a critical step toward deciding how people will cross the Chesapeake Bay for decades to come, they face growing criticism that the effort is bypassing options that don’t involve building a new multibillion-dollar bridge.

Maryland’s Bay Bridge consists of two adjacent spans between Annapolis and Kent Island: a two-lane bridge constructed in...

UMCES report: Low health scores rain on Chesapeake Bay’s recovery

A year of historically heavy rainfall strained the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem — but not past the breaking point, according to a wide-ranging assessment released Tuesday.

The estuary’s overall health score in 2018 dropped from 54% to 46% but retained its “C” grade for a seventh consecutive year, according to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s latest...

Pipeline proposal may undermine Delmarva forestry industry, critics say

​A proposal to shut down a Maryland prison’s wood-fueled boiler is generating worries about the economic future of private forests that help keep the Chesapeake Bay clean.

State officials are seeking to extend natural gas service to the Eastern Correctional Institution south of Princess Anne, replacing a more than 30-year-old woodchip-burning system as the prison’s source of heat...

Chesapeake blue crab population grows despite 2018’s rains

Last year’s never-ending loop of storms may have rattled the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem, but it didn’t scuttle the estuary’s blue crab population.

Results from the annual, Baywide winter crab survey, released May 6, showed a 60% increase in the crustacean’s numbers over 2018. At 594 million crabs, it was the highest count since 2012.

“This is good news,” said Ellen Bolen, deputy...

Conditions in James River lead to proposal for new chlorophyll levels

​The James River poses one of the most perplexing cleanup challenges in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, according to researchers who have attempted to unravel its mysteries.

Its tidal waters range from nearly as salty as any ocean to as fresh as any inland lake. Its many twists and turns slow downstream flow to a crawl, providing a potential breeding ground for harmful algae blooms....

Chesapeake health improvement is slow and steady, report shows

The Chesapeake Bay restoration is inching forward, but several critical actions are lagging, threatening to knock the effort off track.

The annual checkup from the state-federal Chesapeake Bay Program, released Tuesday, shows that 42% of the Bay and its tidal tributaries met water quality standards during the 2015–17 assessment period. That’s up 2 percentage points from 2014–16...

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About Jeremy Cox

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