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Should the Third Bay Bridge Connect Baltimore and Kent Counties?

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The Bay Bridge
The Bay Bridge

As long as Gov. Larry Hogan has committed $5 million to study the possibility of building a third bridge crossing the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland Reporter columnist Michael Collins has a suggestion for where it should be built.

Baltimore, You Can Now Recycle Your Oyster Shells

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Photo by Stephan Abel/via Oyster Recovery Project
Photo by Stephan Abel/via Oyster Recovery Project

Recycling isn’t just for newspapers and beer cans anymore.

City to Spend $2 Billion to Keep Sewage Out of Streets, Waterways

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Baltimore has more sewage overflow than it really needs.

The Chesapeake Bay Has a Lot More Blue Crabs Than Usual This Year

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blue-crabBlue crabs are key to the Chesapeake Bay’s place as a seafood power, as well as the summer satisfaction of our stomachs in Maryland. This year, the crustaceans are more plentiful than ever.

Scalia-less Supreme Court OKs Chesapeake Bay Clean Up

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There’s a reason there are supposed to be an odd number of judges serving on the Supreme Court.

This Chesapeake Bay Reef is the World’s Largest Oyster Restoration Project

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Harris Creek restoration (Nature Conservancy)
Harris Creek restoration (Nature Conservancy)

Billions of bivalves just arrived in the Bay. Earlier this month, crews finished seeding a giant oyster reef near Harris Creek on the Eastern Shore. The Nature Conservancy, which is leading the effort, is touting the Cheseapeake Bay project as the largest oyster restoration project in the world.

Judge Puts Chesapeake Bay Back on Pollution Diet

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chesapeake-bay-dead-zoneThe Cheaspeake Bay won’t be cheating on its diet. A federal judge ruled in favor of government plans to reduce pollution in the Bay.

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5 Snapshots of a Frozen Chesapeake Bay

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Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 4.46.01 PMThe Chesapeake Bay usually doesn’t freeze over, but this year’s cold has produced the most ice since the mid-1990s.

Who Knew? The Chesapeake Bay Flush Fee Is a Success

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The goal for the Chesapeake Bay is cleaner, more clear water home to grasses.
A prettier Chesapeake Bay: Less pollution, clear water, abundant bay grasses and thriving fisheries.

As Governor Hogan said in his first State of the State address, “No state can match the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.” We Marylanders are quite proud of our bay, yet we also know that beneath the bay’s surface, it’s a hot mess.  We’ve been talking about “saving the bay” for decades. The most recent yearly Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay report gave the estuary’s health index a 32/D+.

So you may be surprised to learn that the 2004 “flush fee” signed into law by then Governor Ehrlich, a Republican, has been a grand success. The good news is that we know what actions work and we can pinpoint the Chesapeake Bay’s ongoing pollution hot spots. Maybe, just maybe, with some political will, consumer education, financial investments and hard work, the Chesapeake Bay may be restored to a healthier state in the future. 

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