Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Big spender

Virginia budget includes millions for Chesapeake Bay

Daily Press

Daily Press

Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to spend millions over two years to pay Virginia farmers to fence livestock out of streams, upgrade wastewater treatment plants, preserve forests, promote homegrown crops and boost the state's commercial oyster harvest. Advocates for the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia farmers both say they see elements they like in the proposed budget for fiscal years 2017-18.

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Study warns of Great Lakes Asian carp invasion

Circle of Blue

Asian carp, a voracious invader charging upstream through the Mississippi River Basin, would dramatically change the dynamics of recreational and commercial fisheries in Lake Erie if they make it into the smallest of the Great Lakes, according to a new study. Scientists predict the carp could eventually account for one-third of the fish in Lake Erie by weight.

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Gunpowder Riverkeeper fights off threats

Bay Journal

The Gunpowder Riverkeeper has fought back one utility company’s plan that he and other advocates for the river say would have endangered habitat within Maryland’s Gunpowder Falls State Park, but he’s still fighting another company on a pipeline project that would cut through other parts of the watershed.

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