| May 16, 2011
| 3:00 AM
For nearly a century, oysters have been pummeled from two sides: us and nature. Our appetite for oysters has spurred overharvesting; at the same time, pollution has made oysters more vulnerable to disease, and sediment has smothered oyster beds....
| May 13, 2011
| 7:34 PM
Gary Robert Wantz, 47, of Annapolis, Md., passed away, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.
Born Saturday, Sept. 21, 1963, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of Robert A. Wantz and Cassandra Ebersole Wantz of Hagerstown.
| Dec 9, 2011
| 5:19 AM
In what some see as a critical test of a recent Smart Growth law, environmental groups and some property owners have filed suit to overturn the recent decision by Queen Anne's County's commissioners to zone 525 acres of Eastern Shore farmland for...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 9:12 AM
Want to be a steward of the Chesapeake Bay?
The Hampton Roads-based office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is accepting applications for an eight-week adult education course called VoiCeS — an acronym for Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards.
| Dec 12, 2011
| 5:36 PM
Maryland's counties and cities say they will need to spend billions of dollars to take the extra steps needed to restore the Chesapeake Bay to health by 2020, the deadline the state gave them for action.
In cash-strapped Baltimore, for example, officials...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 7:35 AM
The Yorktown Power Station and Chesapeake Energy Center, the two largest coal-fired power plants in Hampton Roads, burn on average 6,700 tons of coal every day.
The plants, which date to the 1950s, create enough electricity for 260,000 households. Yet...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 1:33 PM
Unhappy with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget, Chesapeake Bay advocates have renewed their call for a $300 million bond package to clean up the beleaguered estuary.
“It certainly would signal that the McDonnell administration is making...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 3:39 AM
— Federal regulations intended to clean the Chesapeake Bay will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in construction and monitoring, according to a report to be released Tuesday by a leading environmental group.
Spending on sewage and storm-water...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 2:41 PM
Sally B. Willse, former treasurer of a Riderwood interior decorating firm and a volunteer, died Dec. 24 of complications from dementia at the Symphony Manor assisted-living facility in Roland Park.
The longtime Ruxton resident was 89.
The daughter of...
| Jan 6, 2012
A coalition of Maryland environmental groups is calling for a four-fold increase in the so-called flush fee for sewage and septic system upgrades.
A state task force is considering recommending a doubling of the $30 fee in 2013, and increasing it to...
| May 18, 2011
| 1:35 PM
Farm subsidies could finally be on the chopping block.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently acknowledged that corn and ethanol "subsidies need to be phased out" over time. And on a swing through Iowa, Mr. Vilsack suggested that the Obama...