Latest Chesapeake Bay News

Searchers for truck driver in Chesapeake Bay will use sonar

Jan. 15, 2021 9:50 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A dive team plans to use side-scan sonar to search for a Maryland man whose truck drove off the Chesapeake Bay Bride-Tunnel in Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Charles County Dive Rescue team from Maryland will employ the technology on Friday and Saturday. Erik...

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...

Police: Deputy shoots theft suspect after assault

Dec. 30, 2020 9:23 AM EST

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say that a sheriff's deputy has shot a theft suspect after they say he brandished an “edged” weapon and attacked the officer. The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in...

Coast Guard looking for whale protection violations off VA

Dec. 22, 2020 1:45 AM EST

The U.S. Coast Guard is looking out for violations of rules designed to protect a rare species of whale from collisions with ships. Coast Guard Sector Virginia said it has become aware of “potential violations of the North Atlantic right whale ship strike reduction speed restrictions in place for the...

Pandemic prompts extension of crab-pot season in Virginia

Dec. 3, 2020 9:54 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Regulators of Virginia's fisheries have decided to extend the traditional crab pot season. And they say it shouldn't have a big impact on the crab populations in the Chesapeake Bay. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the Virginia Marine Resources Commission extended the crab...

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...