Privatizing Environmental Cleanup “Ripe for Fraud?”  Seriously? 

In a recent news story about the stalled Maryland nutrient program which is showing little outcome since 2008, The Baltimore Sun points up some of the concerns of environmentalists and other opponents of nutrient trading, settling on a lack of scientific verification and general lack of interest by landowners in…

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From the Field Today – A Mantis Selfie

We couldn’t resist posting this selfie of a THI field technician and a Mantis.  The creature was safely returned its habitat during field assessment work on this project site in Virginia.  More than 20 species of Mantis are native to the United States, including the common Carolina Mantis, with only one native to Canada.…

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“Teeth, Plus Slime, Plus Torque, Equals Trouble”

In “Behind the Snakehead Legend” Reuters photographer Gary Cameron describes both in words and beautiful images what it’s like to capture and study the dreaded northern snakehead.  Snakeheads are slimy, toothy, exotic fish, projected to devour native fish, as they air-gulp and slither their way  from waterway to waterway. Out…

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Dirty Water Means No Dips in the Potomac for D.C. Residents

During the hot, sultry, humidity-laced days of summer in Washington, D.C., scores of residents can be seen on the Potomac River.  What most of them don’t know is that the 45 miles of the Potomac watershed that is in the District is considered so polluted that swimming in it poses…

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Chesapeake Bay Environmental Groups Clash Over Nutrient Trading

A recent article in the Washington Posts highlights a wedge that is growing between environmental groups working to  clean-up the Chesapeake Bay.  Environmental groups are clashing over the inclusion of nutrient trading in the EPA’s comprehensive plan to reduce pollution in the bay.  Threats of lawsuits and pulled funding could…

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The Little Fish with a Big Impact – Atlantic Menhaden Decline Concerns Many

If you like fish, or even steak or chicken, you’ve likely eaten something that has consumed an Atlantic menhaden.  These smallish, oily and bony fish are one of the critical links of the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay food chains.  Menhaden feed the oceans, but they are also harvested by the…

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