Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet Upheld

The Baltimore Sun reports this week that a federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency’s authority to order pollution reductions by Maryland and other states that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. USEPA, acting after more than 25 years of little or no cleanup progress, had set a “total…

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New Approach to Understanding Sediment Transport in River Channels

A recent set of four related articles published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface takes a new approach to understanding sediment transport, a vital component to the ecological health and long-term evolution of river channels. When you look at a river’s water surface, it is rarely smooth. Instead, you…

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Damaging Environmental Scenarios Loom as Sandy Approaches the East Coast

The Washington Post reported today on the potential environmental threats to the Chesapeake Bay posed by Hurricane Sandy. “More than a hundred million tons of dirty sediment mixed with tree limbs and junk float behind the Conowingo Dam, and Hurricane Sandy, a giant faucet nicknamed “Frankenstorm,” could send it pouring…

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Potomac River Tops the Most Endangered River List – All Rivers Need Protection

The non-profit advocacy group American Rivers is naming the Potomac the nation’s most endangered river, saying it is threatened by nutrient and sediment pollution that lowers the quality of drinking water and kills marine life. The group’s annual report titled, “America’s Most Endangered Rivers,” notes what local friends of the…

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A Picture from Space Tells the Story of Lee’s Impact on the Chesapeake

Stream and River Restoration  Is Critical to Reducing the Impacts of Storm Events on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Runoff from the rainfall caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee set off a deluge of sediment, trash and toxic sewer wastes in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  The satellite…

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The Chesapeake Bay Goes on A Diet – Private Landowners Should Be Prepared to Slim Down Too

Doug Pickford of Trout Headwaters, Inc. (THI), an environmental planner with 20 years of experience in the Chesapeake Bay area, will follow events in the bay watershed as the tide turns from voluntary to mandatory for bay cleanup regulations and protections.   Doug’s blog series for THI will document what is…

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It Will Take a (Conservation) Village

I sit watching the brown slug of Argentina’s broad Rio de la Plata flow to the Atlantic Ocean.  Sediment roiled runoff a mile wide originating in farm fields and city streets, draining from gravel roads and cattle feedlots – all emptying into the estuary.  I studied this same phenomena in my…

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