Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

'Bay Barometer'

Chesapeake Bay report card shows improvement

 

Baltimore Sun

Multistate efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are starting to pay off, with a surge in blue crab populations, growth of underwater grasses and improvements in water quality, according to a bay report card released last week. There were 101 million female blue crabs in the bay last year — 50 percent more than in 2014, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program’s annual “Bay Barometer.”

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Lead poisoning in Pa., N.J. may be worse than Flint

Philadelphia Inquirer

The national uproar over lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., has drawn renewed attention to a children's health crisis that has plagued Pennsylvania and New Jersey for decades. The states' own data show that 18 cities in Pennsylvania and 11 in New Jersey may have an even higher share of children with dangerously elevated levels of lead than does Flint.

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Ga.'s water wars with Fla., Ala. may soon be over

WTVM Atlanta

Georgia's water wars with Florida and Alabama may soon be over. In an interview with WTVM Atlanta, Georgia's Environmental Protection Division Director Judson Turner revealed that the state supports more water in Lake Lanier and West Point, but will approve lower river levels in Atlanta.

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