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April 17, 2015

Developing a constitution for Chesapeake Bay

At a recent roundtable discussion of approaches for accelerating Chesapeake Bay restoration, one of the participants used the phrase “We the people…” which provoked me to think of the preamble to the United States Constitution, the beginning of an amazingly robust document that still resonates today. I hope that the 2014 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed […]

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April 6, 2015

Reginald V. Truitt in his own words: A visit to the Maryland Room archives

Celebrating 90 years of UMCES series Reginald V. Truitt (1890-1991) was the founder of Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in 1925, the forerunner of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). As part of the 90th anniversary of UMCES, I have been learning about Reginald Truitt and made a visit to the Maryland Room in […]

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April 3, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Phosphorus Pollution Is Derived from Land-Based Sources

Donald F. Boesch, Walter Boynton, Jeffrey Cornwell, William Dennison, Michael Kemp, and Jeremy Testa University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Bay Creates Its Own Phosphorus? Amidst the recent controversies regarding proposed requirements to reduce phosphorus runoff from agricultural soils a new article in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) was published in […]

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Webstock 2015: One day of Peace & the Internet

I spent an enjoyable day in Chesapeake Beach overlooking the Bay in a workshop entitled ‘Webstock 2015: One day of Peace & the Internet“. Guy Stephens, one of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Bay Program (UMCES @ CBP) staff organized this amazing event. I knew something was different when […]

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March 11, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Science and Management: A need for more effective scientific communication and adaptive management

Sabrina Klick, Stephanie Siemek, Wenfei Ni The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) was established in 1983 and started the partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (NRC 2011). The partnership expanded in 2002 with the addition of Delaware, New York, and West Virginia under the […]

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March 4, 2015

Tackling watershed size: A collaborative effort – difficulties of science in management due to watershed size

Cara Schweitzer, Rebecca Peters, Fan Zhang Watershed size can be very important in the determination and implementation of environmental monitoring and management strategies of coastal systems. A watershed was defined by John Wesley Powell, geologist and director of the USGS (1881-1894), as “that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things […]

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January 22, 2015

Launching the Chesapeake Bay Story website: Telling fact-based stories about Chesapeake Bay health

In a partnership with the Maryland state government, the Integration and Application Network developed a new website to tell fact-based stories about the health of Chesapeake Bay. This website (chesapeakebaystory.umces.edu) uses water quality, fisheries and habitat data, various maps and graphs, and scientific publications to inform a narrative version of the historical trends of Chesapeake […]

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January 20, 2015

Growth and the future of Chesapeake Bay conference at Hood College

I attended a two-day workshop on January 13-14 held at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. It was organized by Tom Horton and Karl Blankenship and sponsored by Town Creek Foundation and the Bay Journal. Roughly 150 people gathered for these two days to talk about an issue that we generally do not talk about regarding […]

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January 1, 2015

2015 promises to be an exciting year for Chesapeake Bay

There are many changes ahead in 2015, including new leadership in academia, government and science, management strategies for the 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement, a major Conowingo research effort, and new staffing at the Chesapeake Bay Program. Academic leadership. The Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, Brit Kirwin, is retiring after his distinguished tenure and […]

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December 25, 2014

How Big Chicken Stole Chesapeake Bay

ADDENDUM This blog was posted three weeks ago on Christmas Day, and since that time I have received extreme praise as well as extreme condemnation. I was striving for neither of these reactions. For those people who felt that this parody was in poor taste or felt that it was an affront to them, I […]

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