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Lower milk prices, demand taking toll on region’s dairy farmers

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For many dairy farmers in Chesapeake Bay states, the financial screws keep tightening.

While grain farmers can be hurt by disastrous years such as 2018 when water-soaked fields resulted in zero yields for some, they are backed by crop insurance programs that help get them through year-to-year market fluctuations.

But for dairy farmers, a decade of low milk prices brought on by...

Manure injection passes the smell test as a best management practice

For centuries across the Chesapeake Bay region, farmers have spread manure on their fields to boost crop growth and dispose of animal waste.

Now, after decades of experimentation and false starts, injecting liquid manure into the ground, rather than on top of it, is gaining traction among mainstream farmers. The method can prevent runoff, make crops grow better and spare neighbors...

Pennsylvania power plant to stop coal ash pollution, pay $1 million fine

In a consent decree with four environmental groups, a large central Pennsylvania power plant has agreed to stop tainted water in its coal ash disposal sites from leaking into the Susquehanna River.

The Brunner Island Generating Station, located on the Susquehanna just south of Harrisburg, has agreed to close and excavate one of its active but leaking coal ash landfills and address...

Ruth Patrick’s stream research broke ground – and a glass ceiling or two

In World War II, the U.S. Navy captured a German submarine off the East Coast. But where in the world was the sub base that posed such an alarming threat to the country?

Military officials didn’t have a clue, but they scraped the crusted gunk off the bottom of the vessel and took it to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, which had an extensive collection of...

Scientists see early success in breeding effort to help save Chesapeake logperch

In a mad dash to keep the Chesapeake logperch from being placed on the federal endangered species list, the tiny fish is certainly doing its part.

In an underwater roundup of sorts, 28 logperch were netted in late March from three tributaries to the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, PA, just north of the Maryland line. In an experiment with plenty of doubts, those 28 have...

PennDOT hopes plantings will put pollinators on road to recovery

The roadsides, rest stops, interchanges, traffic islands and even urban intersections across Pennsylvania may soon look a little more unkempt or sprout what passing motorists may mistake for weeds out of control.

But it’s really “conservation mowing” and carefully planned plantings as part of a new initiative by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to help struggling bees...

Water Ways exhibit brings impact of local rivers to light

When the Smithsonian Institution looked for a first stop in Maryland for its traveling exhibit Water/Ways, it wisely chose Baltimore County.

From the very beginning, water has shaped the area’s economy, transportation network and culture. And it still does — the Loch Raven, Prettyboy and Liberty reservoirs in the county provide drinking water to millions. Dam tailwaters are a...

Report: 40% of PA rivers, streams violate water quality standards

Pennsylvania’s latest water quality report has found that 40% of its 85,000 miles of streams and rivers are violating the state’s water quality standards in some way, with agricultural runoff and acid mine drainage mostly to blame.

That includes a stretch of the Susquehanna River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay and has a major impact on the Bay’s health. The 46-mile segment...

Recent large rafts of canvasbacks a feast for birders’ eyes, not gourmets’ tables

On a cold morning last February, Bob Schutsky looked out the dining room window of his home along the Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County, PA, and spied a raft of tightly packed ducks that made his heart race.

Four days before, 36 miles south at the head of the Chesapeake Bay, Rick Bouchelle glanced outside the Upper Bay Museum in North East, MD, and stared in disbelief...

New National Heritage Area to highlight Susquehanna

The majestic Lower Susquehanna River, its vistas, wooded hills, sculpted potholes — in the river rocks, not roads — and its place in shaping U.S. history will get more attention now that it has earned a seat among the nation’s other 54 national heritage areas.

The Susquehanna National Heritage Area was recently created by Congress and President Donald Trump, after 11 sometimes...

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