Latest Estuaries News

Report on Chesapeake Bay health remains at a D-plus grade

Jan. 5, 2021 11:53 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The nation's largest estuary is still getting a D-plus grade for its overall health, according to a report released Tuesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. While the grade for the bay's health remained the same, the score dropped one point from the foundation's last report two years...

Transplanted 'super clams' spark hope of cleansing lagoon

Jan. 2, 2021 3:01 AM EST

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Whatever genes it takes to survive our collective waste, these clams seem to have them. They are, in the words of one researcher, “super clams.” According to some scientists, these bivalve heroes could be a key to helping restore the waters of the Indian River Lagoon...

Clatsop-Nehalem tribes plan after return of ancestral land

Dec. 17, 2020 12:01 PM EST

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Charlotte Basch sits on a piece of driftwood in the tall grass along the Necanicum River estuary, in Seaside where her Clatsop Native American ancestors used to live. “The estuary is where the Neawanna, the Neacoxie and the Necanicum rivers all come together,” she told...

Coach Mike Teti speaks into a megaphone toward rowers practicing in the Oakland Estuary in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Nearly two dozen U.S. men's rowers signed on to keep training for another year after the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021. Teti, a three-time Olympian himself, is thrilled the group stuck together. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

U.S. rowers aiming to make 2021 Olympic team stick together

Dec. 14, 2020 2:33 PM EST

ON THE OAKLAND ESTUARY, Calif. (AP) — With a thick, gray morning haze hanging extra low over the Oakland Estuary and limiting visibility, U.S. men's rowing coach Mike Teti lifted a bullhorn to his masked face from the coach’s boat and asked pair Liam Corrigan and Chris Carlson whether they had seen...

Louisiana hopes to add estuary to federal research program

Dec. 12, 2020 9:24 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has started a selection process to identify part of its coastline the state hopes can be added to the National Estuary Research Reserve program. If approved, the area would become a site for research projects aimed at better understanding the chosen estuary — an area...

Operating error sends wastewater into Puget Sound

Dec. 3, 2020 9:49 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An operating error caused less than 15,000 gallons of wastewater to spill into Puget Sound early Wednesday morning. The error happened shortly after 1 a.m. during routine testing at the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle, according to King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. An...

Candle wax in Oslo fjord puzzles Norwegian authorities

Nov. 27, 2020 7:41 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials are asking the public for helping cleaning up and mapping “large amounts” of paraffin wax found at the entrance to the Oslo Fjord, a narrow inlet south of Norway’s capital. Officials have not identified the source of the grains of white...

Baltimore County plants 300 trees to kick off Earth Day goal

Nov. 26, 2020 9:26 AM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County officials say that they've planted the first 300 trees as part of a goal to plant 5,000 in honor of Earth Day 2021 in April. The county issued a news release Monday saying that 325 trees were planted at apartment and townhome complexes in Cockeysville, Dundalk and Essex...