Latest Estuaries News

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...

British Columbia will no longer log in key Skagit headwaters

Dec. 5, 2019 11:35 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — British Columbia's government announced Wednesday amid an international dispute that it will no longer allow timber sales in the Skagit River's headwaters. The Seattle Times reports the decision could intensify pressure over Canadian mining company Imperial Metals' pending permit to start...

Cooke Aquaculture to pay $2.75M over net-pen collapse

Nov. 30, 2019 3:34 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Fish-farming company Cooke Aquaculture has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit following the collapse of one of its net-pens in 2017. The Seattle Times reports that the settlement with the nonprofit Wild Fish Conservancy still needs the approval of a federal...

Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon in Watergate firing, dies

Nov. 27, 2019 5:03 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the U.S....

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...

Officials: Tests show Puget Sound squid is safe to eat

Nov. 24, 2019 5:58 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state say it’s safe to eat squid caught in Puget Sound. KOMO-TV reported Sunday King County officials recently tested squid from the sound for metals and other contaminants for the first time in two decades. King County officials say the results show...

Oregon State gets grant to study tiny plastics in waterways

Nov. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study pollution from tiny plastics and its impact on aquatic life. The university said Monday that scientists will develop tools and methods for evaluating micro- and nanoplastics in...

Dest makes quick impact as US rebounds to beat Canada 4-1

Nov. 15, 2019 11:36 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sergiño Dest needed just a couple minutes to his show why his talent was coveted on both sides of the Atlantic. Dest set up a goal in the second minute of his American competitive debut, Gyasi Zardes scored twice and the United States overwhelmed Canada in the first half of a 4-1...

NY offers grant money for dam removal in Hudson estuary

Nov. 14, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Grants are being offered by New York state for dam-removal projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed to restore habitat connectivity for American eel and river herring. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says $986,000 in grants is available for communities in the...

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...