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Jeremy Cox

Legal battle likely over Trump rules weakening endangered species protections

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The Trump administration announced sweeping regulatory rollbacks Monday to the Endangered Species Act, drawing outcry from environmental groups and threats of lawsuits.

The changes allow regulators for the first time to calculate potential economic effects when deciding whether an animal or plant at risk of extinction should be protected. That, critics say, appears to contradict a...

Eastern Shore skipjack dredges up maritime past

A skipjack tacked up and down the Choptank River in Maryland for two hours on an azure afternoon in late spring. One of the last of its kind still cruising the Chesapeake Bay’s waters, the Nathan of Dorchester returned to its slip with a brimming haul.

Not of oysters, mind you. That’s so 19th century.

This boat was built in 1994 with a different purpose in mind. On this trip, it...

Report: ‘Sunny day’ floods a rising threat in Chesapeake region

A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report shows that rising seas are inducing high-tide or “sunny day” flooding, striking a median of five days last year at nearly 100 coastal locations, tying the record set in 2015.

The problem was worse in the Northeast, which includes the Chesapeake watershed. The report, released on July 10, showed this region with a median...

Oyster hatcheries struggling as lower Bay salinity hampers production

Producing billions of baby oysters is technical stuff. At the Horn Point Lab oyster hatchery, it takes thousands of parent oysters, massive water tanks, an algae greenhouse, computer-controlled feeding equipment and a brigade of interns.

By February of this year, everything was in place for another fruitful spawning season. Everything, that is, except for one of the most basic...

Snakeheads may be wreaking ecological harm, after all

Something was pulling his fishing pole into the water — something big. So, Dustin Stem ran over and grabbed the pole just as it was about to disappear into the drainage pond’s murky waters.

The 10-year-old was soon joined in the fight by his 11-year-old brother, Ryan. The final heave onto land fell to an adult who had been fishing nearby. What they discovered at the end of the...

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

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...

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