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Implementation of new Coast Guard ballast water regs doomed to fail

Karl Blankenship’s article, Organisms in ballast water increasing despite discharge measures, (June 2017) summarizes recent research into why tens of billions of nonnative aquatic organisms introduced into the Chesapeake each year in the ballast water discharged by ships visiting Bay ports pose a significant and growing threat to the Bay’s health. That research showed an alarming fivefold increase in these biological invasions since 2005, the year the U.S. Coast Guard was supposed to start implementing ballast water regulations to address the problem.

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Bay Journal to lose EPA funding (Blog)

It’s always awkward to become the news rather than simply report it, but here goes: Today, we learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to cut off a multi-year grant awarded to the Bay Journal by the EPA two...


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About Politics + Policy

Managing the Chesapeake Bay requires sound policies that reduce pollution and protect ecosystems within it’s 64,000-square-mile watershed. Those policies — often expensive — not only need to be scientifically sound, but must be defensible in the political process at the national, state and local levels. A robust debate is often part of that process. Ultimately, the success of efforts to protect the region’s environment require both sound policy making and political support.

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