Latest Chesapeake Bay News

Trees planted to help improve Chesapeake Bay watershed

Dec. 14, 2019 9:00 AM EST

TIMBERVILLE, Va. (AP) — Steve and Rose Harvey brought their kids, Geneveive, 6, and Oliver, 3, from Front Royal to plant trees at a farm in Timberville Saturday (Dec. 7) as part of an effort to have healthier livestock and streams and rivers. But to the Harveys, it was also about teaching their children...

Northams seeks more money for Chesapeake Bay, offshore wind

Dec. 11, 2019 2:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing for more money to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay and promote the state's nascent offshore wind industry. Northam unveiled part of his forthcoming budget proposal Wednesday that includes $400 million in new money for efforts aimed at cleaning the...

Maryland continues funding for protective crop plantings

Nov. 27, 2019 5:00 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — About $5 million the state of Maryland has set aside for farmers to plant protective crops has gone wanting in recent years. For the second year in a row, the state has spent less than it set aside on a program that Maryland uses in its favor when tallying efforts to clean up the...

Northam: Fish-oil firm should halt fishing in Chesapeake Bay

Nov. 21, 2019 4:58 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor is urging the Trump administration to stop a company that makes fish-oil supplements from fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. Gov. Ralph Northam has asked U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to place a moratorium on the catching of menhaden in the bay....

Police investigating after body washes up in Virginia Beach

Nov. 21, 2019 11:05 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia are investigating after a body washed up on a beach on the Chesapeake Bay. WAVY-TV reported Thursday that the man’s body came ashore in the Chic’s Beach area of Virginia Beach. Police dispatchers had received a report that the body was found about...

Maryland Police: Missing Virginia fisherman found dead

Nov. 11, 2019 4:15 PM EST

TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say a recreational fisherman from Virginia was found dead in the water, days after his running boat washed ashore with no one on it. The Capital Gazette reports 64-year-old Jae Jin was found Saturday near Tilghman Island, about 20 miles (32 kilometers)...

Classroom on Chesapeake Bay island is closing its doors

Nov. 10, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FOX ISLAND, Va. (AP) — In the hallway of a weatherworn lodge that has stood on stilts in the Chesapeake Bay for more than 90 years, a negotiation is underway. Who will take the maps? The arrowheads? The turtle skeletons adorned with wigs and leis? How much student art, accumulated over more than 40 years...

Commission: Virginia let company defy fishing limits in bay

Oct. 31, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Fishing regulators accused Virginia on Thursday of allowing a company that makes fish-oil supplements to exceed catch limits on a fish that's an important link in the Chesapeake Bay's food chain. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to find Virginia out of compliance...

Juvenile humpback whale washes ashore in Virginia Beach

Oct. 31, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A young whale has washed up dead in Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the juvenile humpback came ashore on the north end of Virginia Beach. The spot is along the Atlantic Ocean and just south of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The whale may have been the same...

Hogan announces environmental agreement with dam operator

Oct. 29, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Exelon Corp., the energy company that runs the Conowingo Dam, will invest more than $200 million in environmental projects, according to an agreement announced Tuesday by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Maryland officials have been focusing on how to address the environmental impact of...