American Bald Eagle Photography Contest

July 24th, 2014

The Potomac River Bald Eagles group is hosting their first annual American Bald Eagle Photography Contest. Entries must be received by August 21, and winners will receive cash prizes along with a grand prize Crystal Eagle trophy and certificate. For more information, visit the Potomac River Bald Eagles facebook page.

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Sessions

July 24th, 2014

On Saturday August 9, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge staff and the Friends of Blackwater will hold an information session at the Refuge Visitor Center from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (lunch provided). During the session, potential volunteers and current volunteers can learn about what the Refuge is doing to manage habitat and provide visitor services, [...]

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New Chesapeake Bay Access Sites

July 12th, 2014

Dozens of new public access sites are now open along rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. New trails, beaches, boat ramps, and small craft launch sites will allow people to walk, play, swim, fish and launch watercraft into the Bay and its rivers. In 2013, Chesapeake Bay Program partners opened 36 new public [...]

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2014 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report

July 12th, 2014

The recently released 2014 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report encourages fishery managers around the Chesapeake Bay to take a risk-averse approach to blue crab management this year, due primarily to a decrease in the number of female crabs in the Bay. The advice is one of several scientifically developed suggestions in this annual assessment, [...]

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2013 Maryland Pollution Reduction Milestones

July 2nd, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Program recently announced that Maryland achieved its 2013 pollution reduction milestones for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. In 2008, the Chesapeake Executive Council adopted two-year milestones to focus Chesapeake Bay Watershed states on short-term achievable restoration goals. The milestones are part of the landmark Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), established by [...]

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Virginia To Reduce Crab Harvests

July 2nd, 2014

In June, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) voted to implement new fisheries management measures to conserve adult female and juvenile blue crabs through targeted harvest reductions. The Commission voted to reduce crab pot bushel and vessel limits by 10 percent for 12 months, July 5, 2014 to July 4, 2015. The Commission also closed [...]

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2014 Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone Forecast

July 1st, 2014

NOAA-funded scientists expect a slightly above-average hypoxic zone in the Chesapeake Bay in 2014. The forecast predicts a mid-summer low oxygen hypoxic zone of 1.97 cubic miles, an early-summer oxygen-free anoxic zone of 0.51 cubic miles, with the late-summer oxygen-free anoxic area predicted to be 0.32 cubic miles. Because of the shallow nature of large [...]

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Green Streets-Green Towns-Green Jobs Initiative (G3) Grants

July 1st, 2014

On June 18, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announced more than $3.7 million in grants to be provided to 34 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Initiative (G3). The latest announcement includes 24 recipients in Maryland, four in [...]

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Piankatank River Nature Conservancy Oyster Sanctuary Grant

July 1st, 2014

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently announced that the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) has received a $500,000 grant from The Nature Conservancy to support the construction of a large-scale oyster sanctuary in the Piankatank River near Fishing Bay. The project, a joint venture between the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, The Nature Conservancy, the Army Corps [...]

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2014 Diamond Jim Rockfish Contest

June 17th, 2014

The Diamond Jim component of the 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge kicked off in June when DNR biologists and members of the Maryland Youth Fishing Club caught, tagged and released the first round of striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim, worth $10,000 to the angler who [...]

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