Environmentalist group says the bay's health is still "dangerously out of balance."
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Monday, September 17, 2012
The Annapolis restaurant will give out $25 gift cards to anyone who makes at least a $25 donation to four area nonprofit groups.
Giving is good. Giving and getting free guacamole and mojitos? That’s even better. Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar is offering $25 gift cards to people who donate $25 or more to one of four Annapolis charities from Monday to Oct. 7, according to a press release. The restaurant partnered with Annapolis Wellness House, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Light House Homeless Prevention Shelter and Patuxent Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to help them fundraise. “It’s really important to us to support the community that supports us," General Manager Ean Carroll said in a press release. "This is a fun way for us to highlight a handful of great organizations and help them boost their donations.” People can donate a minimum of $25 to all four charities …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is working to develop a sustainable oyster reef off the shoreline of Jonas Green State Park in Annapolis.
On a hot summer day in July, drivers crossing the Naval Academy Bridge might spot a strange looking boat flinging oysters into the Severn River off a conveyor belt. The specially designed ship is called the Patricia Campbell, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) owns it. Captain Karl Willey describes the vessel as "a lean, mean oyster-spreading machine." In just a few hours on July 7, the boat dumped more than 3 million baby oysters, known as spat-on-shell, into a reef off Jonas Green State Park. Volunteers push the oysters from a holding container onto a long conveyor belt, and the boat mechanically shoots them into the water making a loud, popping sound. “If it just dropped off at the end of the conveyor belt, the oysters would just …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The funds donated to the foundation by the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company will be used to strengthen the local oyster population.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently received a $2,500 donation from the Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company (CBRC). According to a release from CBRC, the Orvis Company Inc. matched the amount as part of the Orvis Commitment and the check presentation was made in Woodbridge, VA, on Friday at the grand opening of a new Orvis retail location. The donation is part of the coffee company's ongoing commitment to support the health and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. According to the release, funds donated to the foundation will be used to strengthen the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the group of students will for the first time lobby for something other than student-related legislation.
About 140 students from student council programs in Anne Arundel County plan to converge on Annapolis on Wednesday as part of Lobby Day to support a slate of environmental legislation. According to a release from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), which has been working with the group, the students are in support of bills to increase the Bay Restoration Fund, and to restrict new septic systems and sprawl development. This is the first time county students are making a concentrated lobbying effort to support environmental bills, Aimee Poisson, administrator for Student Leadership Development in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, said in the release. “They are more interested in how they can do something. What can I as a 16-year-old …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The local shop has partnered with the Oyster Recovery Partnership on the new program to help revitalize the Chesapeake Bay.
The Annapolis Seafood Market has teamed up with the Oyster Recovery Partnership to collect used oyster shells from its customers in an effort to help revitalize the Chesapeake Bay. According to a story on TheBayNet.com, the local restaurant will be collecting the shells and delivering them to the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery near Cambridge, MD. It's easy to participate in the Annapolis Seafood Market effort—just return your shells to the market with locations in Annapolis, Edgewater and Severna Park. The seafood market joins nearly 100 restaurants and catering companies currently participating in the program, according to the story. The shells are used to grow new oysters, similar to a program run through the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The …
Monday, November 7, 2011
About 4 million oysters to find a home in the remnants of the Simkins Dam, now at the bottom of the bay.
By Alison Kitchens Capital News Service Rubble from a demolished dam on the Patapsco River moved to its new home on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay last week, where it will soon be joined by a boatload of new neighbors—4 million baby oysters. For more than 100 years, Simkins Dam in Ellicott City prevented eels, herring and shad from migrating upriver before it was torn down last winter at the urging of environmentalists. In its more eco-friendly second life, the dam's concrete will serve as the base for a new oyster reef near the mouth of the Chester River. "It was a win-win situation for fish upstream and downstream," said Stephanie Westby of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With natural reefs in the bay in short …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Volunteer members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Oyster Gardener Program transplant baby oysters from home-growing operations to a reef in Duvall Creek.
This past weekend, members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and a group of volunteers in its Oyster Gardener Program transplanted baby oysters in Duvall Creek off of the South River. Tom Zolper, the foundation's Maryland communications coordinator, said the gardener program works with residents throughout the area to grow oysters in bags hanging off their piers, slips, community marinas or "where they might have access to water." "People grow them for about a year, from larvae (spat on shell) stage to one year or so," Zolper said in an email. "We had about 488 bags of oyster spat on shell to plant." The bags of oyster spat had been collected earlier and temporarily stored near the Navy’s Greenbury Point nature center on the Severn …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The recommendation includes increasing the average residential fee from $30 per year to $60 per year starting in the 2013 fiscal year and $90 per year in the 2015 fiscal year. There's also a call to increase the bay restoration fee to $120 a year.
By Greg Masters Capital News Service A governor's task force on sustainable growth on Tuesday heard a proposal to double and eventually triple Marylanders' monthly water and sewer fee of $2.50 for Chesapeake Bay restoration. Because of funding shortfalls, the work group also recommended extending Maryland's timeframe to meet its bay cleanup goals to 2025, which is the Environmental Protection Agency's deadline, instead of the self-imposed deadline of 2020 that Gov. Martin O'Malley set last year. While Maryland should continue to move at the accelerated pace set by O'Malley, no funding scenario would get the state to its goals by 2020, said John Griffin, secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and chairman of the funding …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
A new grant program will help Eastern Shore chicken farmers to convert waste into green energy.
By Richelle Gonzalez Capital News Service COLLEGE PARK—Maryland chicken farms produce a substantial amount of phosphorous-rich chicken manure, which contributes to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. One solution to the problem: Turn the poop into power. A new grant program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will bring $850,000 to Eastern Shore chicken farmers to install technologically advanced systems to convert waste into green energy. "We're trying to create a network of people who have experience (with) these technologies to provide assistance to farmers," said Amanda Bassow, director of the Chesapeake Program at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which is administering the USDA grant. Disposal of chicken farm waste is a …