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Jeremy Cox

Roundabouts, vegetable plots transform once-clogged traffic arteries

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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...

Fox Island and its ‘magical’ classroom on stilts near their final act

​This is the way the Fox Island Environmental Education Center ends: not with a gale or wrecking ball, but with the slow inevitability of wind and waves.

After four decades of hosting students and teachers, the spartan, barracks-style building that stands on stilts in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay is closing its doors at the end of this season, likely in early December.

The...

Can bacteria help restore the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters?

Ryan Hoover teaches sculpture making at the Maryland Institute College of Art. So, why is he developing a product that could help oysters grow in the Chesapeake Bay?

“That’s a fine question,” he said, laughing.

The answer is that he prefers to make art that has a function. In this case, he’s using new technology to build better artificial reefs for oysters — with an assist from...

For farmers, Bay cleanup needs mix with fight for survival

Eighteen dollars and 16 cents.

That’s how much money Forrest Pritchard cleared in the mid-1990s after his first harvest. His farm in Virginia’s fertile Shenandoah Valley produced five freight cars’ worth of corn that year. But a drought sharply reduced his yield, and the Midwest was having a bumper crop.

The math was simply not in his favor.

...

Deluge of development spurs call for Rappahannock research

Fredericksburg, VA, faces a “coming storm.”

That’s how Henry “Buck” Cox describes the new homes, office parks and businesses forecast to pelt down on his boyhood hometown in the coming decades.

The population of Fredericksburg and the four counties that border the Rappahannock River in the region — Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford — have swollen by more than 50%...

Opponents fear case has already been built for Bay Bridge option

After three years of high-stakes analysis and sometimes-clamorous rhetoric over environmental and community impacts, four possible courses of action remain on the table for dealing with heavy traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.

The Maryland Transportation Authority in August proposed three possible routes for a new span, which would be the third to cross the Bay in...

Sinuous, woodsy Barren Creek is fit to be plied

A street lined with homes built in the early 1900s slopes downhill to the fraying edge of town. A two-lane bridge carries traffic across a ribbon of flat water. There’s a boat ramp on the opposite side with one of those newfangled kayak launches with rollers.

The ramp supplies the only public access to Barren Creek, so it is where most paddlers initially meet the waterway. It is...

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About Jeremy Cox

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