2016 Article Archives

Articles of Note 2016 

Curtis Bay plant faulted for releasing 12 times more nitrogen into bay than permitted

Baltimore Sun

Waterkeepers, Riverkeepers sue EPA
The (Easton, Md.) Star Democrat

New Investment Model for Green Infrastructure to Help Protect Chesapeake Bay
The Nature Conservancy

More than 12 million gallons of sewage flowed into Jones Falls amid Wednesday storms, city reveals , Baltimore Sun

This was an intentional release, and just a day before some 200,000 gallons of Baltimore City wastewater was released unintentionally.  Conventional wisdom and experience suggests that the actual amount of raw sewage and contaminated water discharged into Bay tributaries was likely even larger. 

Where is the outrage among environmental NGOs, riverkeepers and CBF? Where is the leadership in Annapolis to admit and take head on the largest ongoing (not speculative or in need of further study) threats to Bay water quality in Maryland?

Nearly 1 million gallons of raw sewage spills into Maryland creek


U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to Chesapeake Bay cleanup


HIGH COURT WON’T HEAR POLLUTION DIET CASE:The Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a case from the American Farm Bureau Federation alleging the Environmental Protection Agency overreached its power by establishing a pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay, reports Christina Jedra for the Annapolis Capital. That decision lets stand a ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that the formation of a Total Maximum Daily Load is legal, officials said.

 Federal agencies outline progress toward restoring Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Program

Announcing the latest report by “The Federal leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay” on Chesapeake Bay restoration progress since the inception of Presidential Executive Order 13508 in May 2009 and the execution of the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay by various federal agencies and watershed jurisdictions.  Review the 2015 EO Progress Report.

Poultry, the environment and Delmarva
The (Salisbury, Md.) Daily Times

Counties attack EPA’s TMDL regulation
Farm Futures 

Referring to counties in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia in the case of AFB v. EPA re the Bay TMDL.

Chesapeake Bay Pollution Plan Pits Farmers Against Fishermen 

200,000 gallons of wastewater flowed into bay during Wednesday’s storms

February 25, 2016, Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Groups not downplaying impact of Conowingo

February 11, 2016, Letters, The Carroll County (Md.) Times

Shell project gets mixed reviews at hearing

February 8, 2016, Victoria Wingate, Dorchester Star (Cambridge, Md.)

Conowingo Dam and Chesapeake pollution

January 29, 2016, Dan Hippe, Baltimore Sun

So according to the Deputy Director of USGS, Northeast Region, they stand behind USGS Circular 1406 – which he refers to as “an accurate, useful summation of the state of the science about nutrients from Eastern Shore waterways….”  We’ll see who has the last word on the veracity and scientific value of USGS Circular 1406, as the Coalition’s complaint and request for a scientific integrity investigation is still pending.

Report: Maryland must diversify pollution reduction efforts

February 5, 2016, Christina Jedra, The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital Gazette

Maryland court revives water pollution lawsuit against state

February 1, 2016, Rona Kobell, Bay Journal

Op-Ed:  Most experts aren’t, on cleaning up the Bay

January 7, 2016, Richard Rothschild, The Kent Guardian

Rural pollution is becoming an urban issue

January 4, 2016, Rona Kobell, Bay Journal