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Smith Island changed course after hurricane devastation

Nov. 26, 2022 09:02 AM EST

SMITH ISLAND, Md. (AP) — For the people of Smith Island, weather guides a way of life as much as the tranquil atmosphere for which it has become known. Hurricanes with names like Hazel, Agnes, Isabel and Irene become part of the zeitgeist, never fading from memory as recollections...

Mussels help clean up Chesapeake Bay

Nov. 19, 2022 09:12 AM EST

SCOTTSVILLE, Va. (AP) — It was only 3 inches long but one of the little James Spinymussels that moved from Charles City County far up the James River to Scottsville this summer can filter up to 15 gallons of water a day. That’s a volume of water roughly a thousand times the size...

Maryland's Chris Van Hollen wins second US Senate term

Nov. 08, 2022 20:07 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland won a second term Tuesday, defeating Republican Chris Chaffee in the heavily Democratic state. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, Van Hollen's seat was considered a safe one for Democrats. ...

Helping the Chesapeake Bay from way upstream

Oct. 23, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

WESTOVER, Va. (AP) — The Atlantic eel that Ken Slazyk pulled from the pot in the James River, 8 miles downstream from Hopewell, was a green, 18-inch-long juvenile that had, in one of the greatest mysteries of modern biology, swum up the river where its parents had spent their early days,...

Maryland, bay states criticized before environmental meeting

Oct. 06, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, the states with the largest runoff into the Chesapeake Bay, are not on track to meet their goals to restore the nation’s largest estuary by 2025. Those are the findings in a report released Tuesday during a video press...

Feds vow major aid for Hurricane Ian victims amid rescues

Oct. 02, 2022 21:28 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With the death toll from Hurricane Ian rising and hundreds of thousands of people without power in Florida and the Carolinas, U.S. officials vowed Sunday to unleash a massive amount of federal disaster aid as crews scrambled to rescue people stranded by the storm. ...

Coastal Virginia prepares for potentially severe flooding

Oct. 02, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Residents of coastal Virginia were bracing Sunday for the potential of severe tidal flooding, beginning overnight Monday. Remnants of Hurricane Ian have moved offshore and formed a nor’easter that is expected to pile even more water into an already inundated...

Chesapeake Bay lighthouse auctioned, with strings attached

Oct. 02, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

HOOPERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The federal government has sold off a rather inhospitable lighthouse in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay for a six-figure sum after a bidding war at auction. The Hooper Island Lighthouse, located west of Middle Hooper Island in Maryland’s Dorchester...