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2017 Taste celebrates great food, even greater environmentalists

As the summer gets under way, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is preparing for our annual celebration — the Taste of the Chesapeake! This year’s Taste takes place Sept. 14 on the stunning rooftop of the Belcher Pavilion at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

You will not want to miss this event: I will be saying a fond farewell as I step down from full-time leadership to retirement and the Alliance will welcome a new executive director.

The Taste, the Alliance’s biggest fund-raising event of the year, raises needed funds that are invested directly in its “on the ground” programs and projects. Most importantly, the Taste honors outstanding leaders in the environmental community who work tirelessly for a healthier Chesapeake.

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Why cut a $73 million program that provides billions in benefits?

There is more good news for the Bay this spring. There is clear consensus in the scientific community that the health of the Bay is improving. In the last five months, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay report, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay Barometer, and the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science’s Bay Report Card all show progress.

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Memories still alive, thriving at Horton homestead

The smell of the piney woods and the call of bobwhite quail; tracks of my toy wagon in the soft sand road bordered by ditches alive with tadpoles; the warm odors of the grain bin where mom stashed me as she rolled it through the chicken houses at feeding time; racing to pick up bloody squirrels as they tumbled to the ground after blasts from dad’s shotgun.

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The Bay Program: It takes a partnership to save an estuary

As the story goes, the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay began with a boat trip. In 1973, after hearing reports of the estuary’s ailing health, Sen. Charles “Mac” Mathias, R-MD, set out on a “fact-finding tour”: a five-day trip traversing the Maryland portion of the Bay and hearing firsthand the experiences of 150 watermen, scientists, farmers, businesses and other area residents.

What he heard and saw troubled him. Harvests of oysters, crabs and fish were declining; watermen, fishermen and others who depended on the seafood industry were going out of business.

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Local companies making it their business to help the Chesapeake

Many indicators of water quality and habitat show that progress is slowly being made in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. But we would probably all agree that it will take commitment from all segments of society and a broad base of participation to be successful in sustaining the restoration effort as well as continuing to meet our goals in the long term.

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Get to know the Bay better during Chesapeake Awareness Week

In 2016, the legislatures of each of the Chesapeake Bay watershed commonwealths and states designated the second week of June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. This designation urges all Bay residents “to commemorate the week with events, activities and educational programs designed to raise awareness of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay” to each jurisdiction as well as to the region, and the United States.

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Opinion: Archives

Terrapin park shows importance of access to the Bay

The Terrapin Nature Area in Stevensville, MD, reminds me why I’ve committed my career to conservation. This gorgeous park hides in plain sight on Kent Island, waving to everyone traveling eastward over the Bay Bridge, and offers so...

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Around the Watershed

Hogan takes reins of Council at a critical time for the Chesapeake

In the end, it was a custom-made crab cracker, made from the wood of the Pride of Baltimore, and a crab baseball hat that sealed the transition. On June 8 at the annual meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Executive Council, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially handed over the...

The Bay Program: It takes a partnership to save an estuary

As the story goes, the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay began with a boat trip. In 1973, after hearing reports of the estuary’s ailing health, Sen. Charles “Mac” Mathias, R-MD, set out on a “fact-finding tour”: a five-day trip traversing the Maryland portion of...

We must turn instant gratification into burning desire for clean Bay

The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Bay Journal. The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, or 4.5 eons. Of that time, humans have only been around for about 200,000 years, with civilization only beginning about 6,000 years ago and industrialization,...

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Chesapeake Born

Turner’s Creek, just a cut in the bluffs, offers slice of Bay’s comings, goings

It’s just a crease in the landscape, a gully incised by a hundred thousand years of rains, knifing toward sea level through bluffs bulged up by glacial ice, and augmented by sand and gravel spewed down ancient channels of the Delaware and Susquehanna rivers. Where it cut down to...

Memories still alive, thriving at Horton homestead

The smell of the piney woods and the call of bobwhite quail; tracks of my toy wagon in the soft sand road bordered by ditches alive with tadpoles; the warm odors of the grain bin where mom stashed me as she rolled it through the chicken houses at feeding time; racing to pick up bloody...

Science saved the day for crabs, but a hero’s battles are never over

The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Bay Journal. Dear Governor Hogan, Please watch the Bay Journal’s recent film, Beautiful Swimmers Revisited. It celebrates a great Chesapeake success story, to which you seem dedicated to writing a bad new...

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Conservation Matters

Terrapin park shows importance of access to the Bay

The Terrapin Nature Area in Stevensville, MD, reminds me why I’ve committed my career to conservation. This gorgeous park hides in plain sight on Kent Island, waving to everyone traveling eastward over the Bay Bridge, and offers so much to its visitors. Managed by Queen...

Immerse yourself in Dumbarton Oaks Park

The Japanese have a practice translated in English as “forest bathing,” in which people immerse themselves in a forest as a preventative health measure. Studies have shown tremendous benefits of this practice, including lower blood pressure, reduced stress and improved sleep,...

At the ten-year mark, happy birthday to the Bay’s beautiful and profoundly historic national trail

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year, we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of a national park we have right here in our collective backyard: the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Winding through much of the Chesapeake region, the...

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Forum

Industry-influenced research: a new level of caveat emptor

With justification, Americans are traditionally proud of their lawns and gardens. And this is nothing new. When George Washington was fighting the war for our independence, his mind often wandered to his beloved grounds of Mount Vernon, and he tried his best, with a constant stream of...

Bay fishery to keep deteriorating unless nutrients from land are addressed

The March Bay Journal 2017 commentary, Don’t let menhaden become a case of could have, should have, would have, laments the decline in Bay menhaden populations and blames the reduced number of predatory “sport” fish on Omega Protein’s harvest. The Atlantic States...

Why cut a $73 million program that provides billions in benefits?

The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Bay Journal. There is more good news for the Bay this spring. There is clear consensus in the scientific community that the health of the Bay is improving. In the last five months, the Chesapeake Bay...

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Letters to the Editor

Elect to protect Eastern Shore

Thank goodness the election is finally over. I heard the term “election stress disorder” this fall and it immediately resonated with me and many others I know. Part of the stress for me related to the continuous news cycle and overwhelmingly negative tone of the presidential...

Bay needs menhaden more than reduction industry

Much has been written and discussed about menhaden (Brevootia tyrannus), a forage fish for many other fish, birds and mammals. Recently, a bill was introduced into the Virginia Legislature to move the management of these fish from the Virginia Legislature to the Virginia Marine Resources...

Biodiversity needs human diversity among those who protect it

I read with great interest the Bay Journal’s recent article, “The ‘green ceiling’: Environmental organizations lack diversity” (November 2014). As an African American woman fish and wildlife biologist, there were not many faces that looked like mine as I...

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Message from the Alliance

2017 Taste celebrates great food, even greater environmentalists

As the summer gets under way, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is preparing for our annual celebration — the Taste of the Chesapeake! This year’s Taste takes place Sept. 14 on the stunning rooftop of the Belcher Pavilion at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. You...

Local companies making it their business to help the Chesapeake

Many indicators of water quality and habitat show that progress is slowly being made in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. But we would probably all agree that it will take commitment from all segments of society and a broad base of participation to be successful in...

Get to know the Bay better during Chesapeake Awareness Week

In 2016, the legislatures of each of the Chesapeake Bay watershed commonwealths and states designated the second week of June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. This designation urges all Bay residents “to commemorate the week with events, activities and educational programs designed...

Read more Message from the Alliance »

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