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As foreign plants spread, you can’t see the forest for the weeds

Foreigners are taking over the Chesapeake Bay region, but not the ones some politicians are talking about this election season.

Largely unnoticed and even abetted by unwitting residents, legions of plants from Asia, Europe and other parts of the world are spreading across the 64,000-square-mile watershed, gradually replacing many of the grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and even trees that have grown here for millennia. Aquatic invaders, such as the northern snakehead and blue catfish, seem to capture all the attention. Less noticed are invasive plants in upland areas, such as the mile-a-minute weed and Japanese stiltgrass.

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Eastern wood pewee’s beauty is in the ear of the beholder

Pink and white lotuses and yellow water lilies filled the ponds that dot the verdant landscape. The serene landscape had drawn us back to this peaceful spot countless times. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC,...
Michael Burke | On the Wing 09/16/16

Alliance’s RiverSmart Homes connects private-public-civil sectors

Building relationships among the public, private and civil society sectors has proven to be a successful model for the management of water resources around the globe. The RiverSmart Homes Program in the District of Columbia...
Sarah Davidson | Message from the Alliance 09/28/16

Oyster festival in St. Mary’s County, MD, draws fans from across US

The first time that George Hastings entered the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Contest in St. Mary’s County, MD, he didn’t win. But his bright blue eyes were set on the prize. “I knew right then I’d...
Lara Lutz | Bay Journeys Article 09/27/16
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Chesapeake Bay Week on MPT

The Bay Journal is a partner in the second Chesapeake Bay Summit, a discussion about key issues in the Bay restoration hosted by Maryland Public Television during Chesapeake Bay Week. This year, the Summit aired on April 27 and focused on the challenges of growth and development. Watch it here, and read the following articles related to the 2015 Summit:

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