Tag: Chesapeake Bay

State Roundup: Battle over crime, taxes

Governor declares emergency for crime proposals, says proposed sales tax expansion for schools would destroy economy; Thurgood Marshall’s early education school to become community space; bill to ban medical marijuana in jails returns; Marylanders rally against Trump funding cut for Chesapeake; FBI called to Salisbury for racial threats; bill looks at handcuff use for warrants; MACO opposes solar panel mandate; Rawlings-Blake named to Bloomberg campaign; state grants for workforce assessment proposed; editorial on jailhouse informants; Humane Society calls for end to wildlife killing contests; ICC detours continue

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Environmentalists, Shore officials oppose Conowingo settlement

Environmental groups and some rural Maryland officials are calling on federal regulators to reject the deal that the state has reached with the owner of the Conowingo Dam to address the harm the hydropower facility has caused to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. Spurred by that opposition, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is making a bid to block the agreement through legislation.

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State Roundup, February 11, 2020

Sen. Klausmeier proposes bill to ban student sex offends from school campuses; taking Trump administration one step further, Comptroller Franchot bans sale of disposable e-cigarette devices; Gov. Hogan seeks to repeal Busch-sponsored bill requiring state to pay Annapolis at least $750,000 annually; as state seeks to right history, statues of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass installed at State House; Hogan blasts President Trump on Chesapeake Bay program cuts; Sen. Carter says progressive support could help her win Cummings’ seat; and at least 11 take buyouts at Sun Media Group papers.

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Conflicting – but correct – reports on Bay dead zones from Md. and Va. were a matter of timing

It was quite a surprise: Two reports on Chesapeake Bay dissolved oxygen levels in 2017 came to starkly different conclusions. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported improvements and a vastly reduced dead zone. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science found oxygen conditions at their worst since 2014. Scientists at both organizations were caught off guard last fall when the seemingly contradictory findings were released within a few weeks of each other and sent them scrambling to analyze the cause. 

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Oysters making themselves at home on reefs of concrete, granite

Typically, shells of other oysters are the natural landing pads for recently hatched bivalve larvae, which need to attach to something hard as they begin sedentary lives of filtering algae from the water. But the Chesapeake is running short on shells; there aren’t enough to go around to sustain the traditional wild fishery. Scientists have turned to old highway concrete and granite, and found they work just as well.

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