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Baltimore Magazine (Mon 5 Jan, 2015)
The Sea Also Rises
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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The first thing you notice is the standing water in the roadside gullies, even though it hasn't rained in a week. Then, you notice the small houses and churches all teetering on concrete blocks or bricks four or five feet above the muddy, soft ground. But driving down Maryland Route 335 toward Hooper's Island, it's the trees that give you the deepest pause. Thousands of pine trees have been stripped bare of their needles, branches, and brown bark in this part of south Dorchester County. Ramrod straight, white as ghosts, the hollow trunks look like some kind of zombie deadwood, the staggering aftermath of an unfolding calamity.


DC Inno (Sun 4 Jan, 2015)
Get Schooled 1/4: Education News You Missed Out On This Week
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The Big One


Tidewater Times (Thu 1 Jan, 2015)
Horn Point's Reach is Outside the Shell
Staff quoted: Bill Boicourt, Mike Roman, Ming Li, Tom Fisher, Anne Gustafson
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Oysters are not the only part of our story at the Horn Point Laboratory.


Yale Climate Connections (Wed 31 Dec, 2014)
More Protein for A Growing Global Population
Staff quoted: Allen Place
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As the world's population increases, the need for reliable sources of food — especially protein — will grow. Given the large energy use and methane emissions associated with cattle, we cannot rely solely on beef to fill the gap. But what about fish?


The Baltimore Business Journal (Mon 29 Dec, 2014)
New Baltimore incubator will cater to startups with university ties
Staff quoted: Nick Hammond
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A new business incubator in Baltimore's Inner Harbor will cater to startup companies launched through universities.


Railway Age (Tue 16 Dec, 2014)
"Aw shucks, we're happy to help"
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Ever hear of the Oyster Express? In the midst of a season filled with stories of railroads running special Santa trains all over the country to bring food, clothing, toys, and some Christmas cheer to needy people, a report came across my desk about a partnership involving CSX Transportation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to restore an "oyster sanctuary." For the record, an oyster sanctuary is not a place where oysters can go to avoid being harvested and consumed by humans in seafood restaurants and upscale oyster bars and sushi joints. It's quite the opposite, and CSX was instrumental in this effort to assist the slimy little shellfish, which in the Chesapeake Bay provide natural filtering capabilities that help improve the water quality by filtering silt, sediment, and nitrates.


The Bay Net News (Mon 15 Dec, 2014)
Final CSX oyster express train delivered to Chesapeake Bay
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A unique, year-long partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and CSX recently came to a close with delivery of the 22nd and final freight train filled with fossilized oyster shells from Florida to the Chesapeake Bay.


NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office (Sun 14 Dec, 2014)
ORES Projects Getting Under Way
Staff quoted: Mike Owens, Jeff Cornwell
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On a cool and breezy October day, SCUBA divers worked to retrieve trays of mud and oysters from the bottom of Harris Creek. In addition to the mud and oysters, what else is in those trays? What makes up an oyster reef community? And how does this oyster reef community help clean the water?


Environmental Monitor (Fri 12 Dec, 2014)
Nutrient Sensor Challenge aims to coax market for next generation instruments
Staff quoted: Mario Tamburri
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Recognizing nutrient pollution as a widespread but still poorly understood problem, U.S. federal environmental agencies are launching the Nutrient Sensor Challenge to jump-start the next generation of accessible tools for measuring nitrogen and phosphorous pollution.


The Times - Picayune (Thu 11 Dec, 2014)
Feds raise max amount oil and gas companies required to pay for offshore spills
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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The federal government on Thursday (Dec. 11) increased the maximum amount oil and gas companies are required to pay in the case of a major oil spill. The move comes more than four years after the fatal 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and ensuing oil disaster, which prompted calls to raise the liability cap for oil spills.


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