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After a long holiday with big meals and lots of lounging about, it is good to get out on a clear winter’s day and take a walk. One place you might not consider is along the Anacostia River and its many feeder streams. But you would be missing out.

There are few other places in the Chesapeake watershed where you can find dozens of miles of trails through parks along streams and...

New director brings wealth of experience to Alliance

On behalf of the Board of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, I am delighted to announce the selection of Dr. James A. Mosher as the new executive director of the Alliance. His selection culminates an extensive search by the Board over the last year to find the right combination of leadership, knowledge and experience to take the Alliance to its next stage of service to the Bay...

Timeless tips for the transition

By the time you read this, it is likely that the Alliance will have selected its new executive director, whom we hope to introduce at the Taste of the Chesapeake fund-raiser on Nov. 7 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Also by then, the United States will have a president-elect and we will be in the period leading up to the Jan. 20 inauguration. As someone who has gone through...

New times ahead for the Alliance

If you aren't already a member, now is a great time to join the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. We are embarking on an aggressive set of new programs to move along the Bay restoration that you are going to want to be a part of. Before departing as executive director in April, David Bancroft led the staff and board of the Alliance to adopt a detailed strategic plan.

As you probably...

Pick up on point source reductions

The Bay Journal’s coverage of Chesapeake Bay Program efforts to meet the water quality goals of Chesapeake 2000 has been quite clear and informative. Unfortunately, the news you are reporting is not so good.

Everyone knew that the task of ridding the Bay of its nutrient problems by 2010 would not be easy, but it is a pity that the progress being made seems so constrained by an...

The Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay for Dummies

These are my final words as I head off into retirement. After nearly 10 years of Bay Journal articles, I ask myself how to sum it up. Don’t I owe you, the readers, some sort of crescendo, some climactic statement?

It’s not that easy. It is a big complex subject, this restoration of the Chesapeake, and the answers are not readily reducible to an elixir.

But I can take a leaf...

Looking down the road, future of Chesapeake 2000 looks bright

The last few months have been a busy time for the Bay Program, but much of the work is behind the scenes. Many committees, subcommittees, work groups and task forces are trying to set out the tasks ahead so we can meet the range of new goals and commitments in the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement.

It is a daunting task, with nearly a hundred specific benchmarks that need to be met, some...

With proper management, Bay species can help themselves

It came to me out of the blue, in (of all places) Colonial Beach, a wonderfully funky town at the top of Virginia’s Northern Neck. The main reason for bureaucrats to go to Colonial Beach, other than to pick up some great softshells and other seafood on the way home, is to meet in the offices of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, a bi-state effort to manage the species in the...

Move to deal with Bay’s ammonia problem is in the air

It never ceases to amaze me how much we have to learn about the Chesapeake Bay and other estuaries like it. We have known for more than a decade that the air was a major source of the nitrogen that is over-enriching the Bay’s waters, creating blooms of algae that rob the water of oxygen. And we understood that the excess nitrogen originates from the tailpipes of cars and other...

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About Bill Matuszeski

Bill Matuszeski is the retired director of the Chesapeake Bay Program, DC vice-chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Anacostia River and a member of the Mayor's Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia River. He was recently appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to the Chesapeake Bay Program Citizens Advisory Committee.

 

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