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Endangered Cape Charles nature preserve closing for repairs

Jul. 28, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — The Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve is being closed for repairs because unauthorized access has caused damage to areas that are off-limits to visitors, officials said Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation announced the move in a news release. The...

Rising ocean temperatures send jellyfish onto Virginia Beach

Jul. 27, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Jellyfish are beginning to wash up on Virginia Beach as warmer ocean temperatures create a breeding ground, officials said. Tom Gill, chief of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service, says there’s been an influx of jellyfish over the past several days, adding that they...

Report: Chesapeake Bay underwater grasses declined last year

Jul. 14, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new report says that underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay have declined by nearly 40 percent. The Chesapeake Bay Program released a report last week that said a factor in the decline could be attributed to more water flowing from rivers into the bay following record rainfalls. ...

Field of wildflowers advances sustainability in Maryland

Jul. 12, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — It’s not the poppies from the Wizard of Oz, but the 15-acres of Black-eyed Susans at Bar-T Mountainside near Urbana does bring to mind a fairytale. “It’s almost magical,” said Joe Richardson, owner of Bar-T, a summer camp, after-school program and...

Report: Chesapeake Bay crab population remains healthy

Jul. 2, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A new report says that blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are not being over harvested. The Daily Press in Newport News reported Thursday that the bay's blue crab population isn’t depleted and that there’s no need for any big changes in how many crabs watermen can...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020 file photo, a small boat chugs along the Honga River near the Chesapeake Bay as the sky lights up at sunrise, in Fishing Creek, Md. Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. One of the main reasons why is because there was less rainfall washing pollution off of farms and cities and into the nation’s largest estuary. The forecast was released Wednesday, June 17 by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Program.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Researchers predict smaller 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay

Jun. 17, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. One of the main reasons why is because there was less rainfall washing pollution off of farms and cities and into the nation's largest estuary. The forecast was released Wednesday by researchers from the...