Latest Estuaries News

Volunteers plant trees along pocket estuary to aid salmon

Oct. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Eighty volunteers showed up to an ocean shoreline in northern Washington to plant trees that will enhance salmon habitat. The Skagit Valley Herald reports the volunteers Saturday planted 1,400 native Sitka spruce, crabapple and shore pine on a 3-acre (1.2-hectare) strip on March...

Foundation: Sea level rise leads to island center's closure

Oct. 20, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

GREAT FOX ISLAND, Va. (AP) — An environmental group says sea level rise and erosion are bringing an end to the use of an education center on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. The Capital Gazette reports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently announced that this fall is the last season for its Fox Island...

A river runs through it: Groups team up to clean park

Oct. 12, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Piles of dirty mattresses, weather-worn wood furniture, cardboard boxes and other debris lined the dirt path snaking through Herring Run Park's southern extension. Volunteers lifted rotting litter onto construction vehicles bearing the Baltimore city logo, which took them to massive...

Group says officials lagging in water cleanup plans

Oct. 6, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — State and federal officials are moving too slowly to implement cleanup plans for Washington waters, according to an environmental group that alleges some of the work is years behind. A 1998 lawsuit settlement between the group, Northwest Environmental Advocates, and the U.S. Environmental...

US Commerce declares fishing disasters for 7 states

Sep. 25, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has declared fishing disasters for seven states on three coasts. "Fishing is the cornerstone of countless coastal economies and has been a way of life for generations of Americans," he said in a brief news release Wednesday. "This determination...

Maryland releases oyster harvest limits: 26% reduction goal

Sep. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's upcoming oyster season won't be cut by 10 days at the start and another 10 days at the end, officials announced Monday, a change to an initial proposal that relieved watermen but concerned critics who support stronger conservation measures. The Maryland Department of...

Nutria destroying coast target of dog treat business

Sep. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

PECAN ISLAND, La. (AP) — Drive until you see the Gulf of Mexico, and before you hit the water take the last left on a dirt road. That's where Justin Choate lives. Choate, 43, has been around Louisiana's waters all of his life. He started working those marshes, streams and bayous with his father at the age...

Maryland concerned about Pennsylvania's water plans for bay

Aug. 29, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland continues to have "alarming concerns" about neighboring Pennsylvania's lack of progress in meeting clean water goals and how falling short will affect the Chesapeake Bay, Gov. Larry Hogan wrote Thursday to Pennsylvania and federal officials. Hogan sent a letter to...

Maryland county bans release of harmful helium balloons

Aug. 28, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland county has voted to ban the release of environmentally harmful helium balloons. WBAL reports that on Tuesday , Queen Anne's County commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits the release of nonbiodegradable helium balloons into the air. Those who...

New Chesapeake Bay crossing narrowed to 3 areas near bridge

Aug. 27, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland has narrowed the possibilities for a potential new crossing over the Chesapeake Bay to ease traffic congestion to three areas near the current twin spans of the Bay Bridge, state officials announced Tuesday. The Maryland Transportation Authority also announced a fourth option...