Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bay grass half full

Key indicator of Chesapeake health shows progress

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun

There were more than 53,000 acres of grasses covering the floor of the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay last year, a footprint 29 percent larger than in 2014 and approaching a key benchmark in bay restoration. The data is according to an annual aerial survey conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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How an old N.J. city avoided Flint-level problems

Newark Star-Ledger

Three years ago, two water officials in East Orange, N.J., were indicted on charges that they knowingly hid elevated levels of toxins in the city's water supply. But leaders of the 153-year-old city say they were able to avoid becoming the next Flint, Mich., thanks to the foresight of East Orange's founders, and a healthy influx of funding to overhaul its water system.

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Bill would allow for repair of vulnerable dams

Fayette Tribune

In an effort to protect the public by preventing dam failures and improving dam safety in communities across the country, Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) are introducing the High Hazard Potential Small Dam Safety Act.

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