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The Washington Post (Sun 31 Aug, 2014)
Large 'dead zone' signals more problems for Chesapeake Bay
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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It began forming in May, when heavy spring rains loaded the rivers and creeks with fertilizer washed from farms and suburban lawns. It grew rapidly over the summer, as a broth of chemicals, animal waste and microbes simmered in the warm, slow-moving waters of the Chesapeake Bay.


Southern Maryland News (Fri 15 Aug, 2014)
Stinging question for summer: Where are all the sea nettles?
Staff quoted: Jacqueline Tay, Raleigh Hood
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Sea nettles, the annoying stinging jellyfish that chase swimmers out of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, are late in arriving this summer. They usually drift into the Southern Maryland region by July, but there is still no sign of them.


Cape Gazette (Thu 14 Aug, 2014)
Teachers learn to bring climate change into classrooms
Staff quoted: Melissa Rogers
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On a steamy afternoon in July, teachers headed out to different areas in Lewes with tools in hand to measure the weather.


Jewish Times (Thu 7 Aug, 2014)
Navigating Toward A Healthy Harbor
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Baltimore's Inner Harbor received a failing grade this year for its lack of water quality, and the resources needed to improve it are as complex a network as the myriad waterways that comprise its watershed, draining 134 square miles within Baltimore City and County, an area equal to 64,856 football fields.


The Baltimore Sun (Wed 6 Aug, 2014)
Lake Erie not alone in suffering from harmful algae
Staff quoted: Allen Place
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The crisis may have eased in Toledo, but the toxic algae in Lake Erie that contaminated the water supply for 500,000 people in Ohio continues to plague lakes and rivers across the country, including here in Maryland.


The Gazette (Wed 6 Aug, 2014)
Data collaborative set to help clean up the Chesapeake
Staff quoted: Tom Miller, Don Boesch
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For the past decade, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has received an increase in data that has the potential to give scientists a better idea of the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Now, UMCES has formed the Environmental Statistics Collaborative, which provides a means to interpret the large amounts of data.


ABC News (Thu 31 Jul, 2014)
Annoying Minor Floods Are Increasing on US Coasts
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday.


The Falls Church News Press (Thu 31 Jul, 2014)
A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church
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Water quality has long been one of the measures of a community's health. As work continues on methods to restore the Chesapeake Bay and the local streams feeding into the estuary, water quality remains paramount. Upgrades of wastewater treatment plants are primary reasons for point source improvements in the past 20 years or so. Local governments spend millions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars to meet the limits of technology to remove nutrients – nitrogen and phosphorus especially – from the effluent discharged after treatment. Fairfax County shares capacity in several local systems – Blue Plains, Alexandria Renew, Occoquan, and its own Noman Cole Pollution Control Plant on Richmond Highway. All of these systems are award-winners for advanced treatment of wastewater.


Chesapeake Bay Program (Wed 30 Jul, 2014)
Ten boats of the Chesapeake Bay
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Have you ever found yourself looking out at the boats dotting the Chesapeake Bay and wondering, "What kind of ship is that?" So have we! Below is a list of 10 iconic watercraft visible on the Bay today.


Technical.ly Baltimore (Wed 30 Jul, 2014)
At IMET, NPR reports, farming bluefin tuna ain't easy
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Scientists at IMET talked about their work farming the coveted bluefin tuna. The bluefin suffers from overfishing, but farming them is a challenge for IMET and the several other aquaculture institutions working to grow them.


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