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Donna Morelli

Otsego bass: the fish that didn’t go away, thanks to some help

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Scientists around Cooperstown, NY, are celebrating a rare victory: the slow return of a native species in Otsego Lake. There, in the upstate lake that spawns the Susquehanna River headwaters, the whitefish known as “Otsego bass” are making a comeback after having been decimated by predation and poor water quality.

The decline of the Otsego bass was so severe that a local outdoors...

Call for entries: 2019 BUBBA awards for local stormwater projects

Tom Schueler loves acronyms.

So when the executive director of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network saw an opportunity to use “BUBBA” as shorthand for a stormwater management competition, he jumped on it. He even managed to embed an acronym in an acronym: The full name for the semi-annual competition of creative and efficient stormwater projects is the “Best Urban BMP in the Bay...

Middle Susquehanna mascot noses around when pollution is suspected

Carol Parenzan became the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper in July 2015 and was charged with protecting and improving the health of the river’s watershed between its north and west branches. Shortly afterward, her first staff member came on board: a rusty-colored fluff ball of energy named “Little Keeper” Susquehanna, or Sussey for short.

The Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever is 3...

Six Bay states, DC get $13.1 million in grants to improve water quality, wildlife habitat

The Chesapeake Bay region has received $13.1 million in grants for environmental projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The announcement came on Dec. 3, the first day of the NFWF-hosted Chesapeake Bay Agricultural Forum, a gathering of practitioners and experts from around the watershed that took place in Lancaster, PA....

Otsego Lake only a glimmer of great Susquehanna to come

The Susquehanna River starts its 444-mile journey as a lazy creek in Cooperstown, NY. It begins as an outflow from Otsego Lake, where its southern tip abuts the town.

It then flows slowly under the Main Street Bridge before rounding a bend toward downstream destinations — farms, towns and cities in central New York and Pennsylvania — and ultimately reaching the Chesapeake Bay in...

Multifunction stream buffers offer food for thought for PA farms

Don English strode along the mowed path through his streamside buffer on Happy Hollow Farm in southcentral Pennsylvania with the confidence of an experienced tour guide. The tiny headwater stream of Deer Creek gurgled by, hardly visible in the tangled sprays of goldenrod and deep purple bergamot growing tall in the sunny spaces between larger trees and shrubs.

The 4-acre...

To save farmland in Cumberland County, PA, officials look to Lancaster

Farmland preservation has become an increasing priority in Cumberland County, PA, where residential and commercial development — especially for large warehouses — is putting steady pressure on what’s left of the rural landscape. The drive to pick up the pace of farmland preservation has led to a budding partnership between the Cumberland County Department of Planning and the...

Restored stream lures trout and threatened logperch

A small fish that once lived in freshwater streams throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed got a lucky break in a Pennsylvania creek this year. When Donegal Trout Unlimited restored the Lancaster County creek to protect trout and other sport fish, the rarely seen Chesapeake logperch showed up for the party.

“We build it and they come,” said Greg Wilson, a longtime member of...

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About Donna Morelli

Donna Morelli is a staff writer for the Bay Journal based in Harrisburg. She's the former director of the Pennsylvania office of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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