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Scott Faber

Analysis of measures to protect the James finds that most aren’t

An unusual analysis of local codes and ordinances found that most counties and communities in the James River watershed are not doing enough to manage stormwater to protect water quality.

The James River Association and the Center for Watershed Protection worked with three universities to assess whether 45 cities and counties in the James River watershed had adopted local codes and...

Jug Bay Sanctuary’s walk on the wild side only a few miles from major cities

Nestled along the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel County, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary provides habitat for variety of species - especially people.

The shallow embayment bordered by wetlands and forests is less than 20 miles as the crow flies from two capitals - Washington and Annapolis. I and my two sons had the run of the refuge on two recent days in December, despite spring-like...

There’s still hope for the Anacostia in spite of all the strikes against it

When the national anthem is finally played in the new baseball stadium rising along the banks of the Anacostia River, long-suffering fans of the Washington Nationals may have to use one hand to hold their hats over their hearts—and the other hand to hold their noses.

Every year, human waste is discharged directly—or leaks indirectly—into the Anacostia by a century-old sewage...

United effort to restore fish habitat could bring in new funding

A new plan to restore the United States’ declining fisheries and fish habitat could bring new resources to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, including efforts to restore brook trout habitat in tributaries to the Bay. But, some river experts worry that a bold plan to increase restoration funding could be like an age-old fish story—the big one that got away.

A coalition of...

2 liquefied natural gas proposals in MD ignite debate over safety

The proposed construction of a new liquefied natural gas terminal in Baltimore Harbor and the proposed expansion of an existing terminal near Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland have ignited a fiery debate over the risks that such facilities pose to people and the environment.

AES Corp. has asked federal regulators for permission to convert the former Sparrows Point Shipyard in...

Watchdogs on the Water

Starting in 2000, a new breed of water watchdog began cruising the region’s rivers, bays and coastlines, often leading to a full-throttle pursuit of polluters and other threats to water quality.

Riverkeepers, shorekeepers and coastkeepers patrol a dozen waterways around the region, acting as a “nautical 911,” fielding calls from citizens who want to report polluters but don’t know...

Demand for organic food growing faster than domestic supply

Got Organic Milk? That’s the question more and more consumers are asking in supermarkets across the nation.

Sales of organic food have grown dramatically over the last decade—soaring from $3 billion in 1997 to more than $10 billion in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Sales of organic food have grown by 20 percent annually, and experts predict that the...

Study says farm conservation program needs more green stuff

Reward the best and motivate the rest. That was the motto former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman coined for the Conservation Security Program, a new USDA green payments program that is tied to farmer performance.

But, a new study suggests that policy-makers need to put more “green” in the pockets of farmers if Congress wants more producers to adopt the practices that...

Federal farm spending bypasses Bay states for the most part

Farmers in just 47 of the nation’s 435 congressional districts collected 70 percent of all farm payments during the last decade.

And, none of those congressional districts are located in the Chesapeake watershed.

That’s according to the Environmental Working Group, an environmental think tank that analyzes farm subsidy data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The...

Species protection act may itself be endangered

A powerful House chairman introduced legislation in September that would sharply limit the federal government’s ability to regulate landowners who impact endangered species or their habitat.

H.R. 3824, the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005, would no longer require that the federal government take steps to protect species which are merely “threatened,”...

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About Scott Faber

Scott Faber is a writer living in Washington, D.C.

 

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