Chesapeake Bay

Loopers: Traversing the 'Appalachian Trail on Water'

Jun 28, 2016
Jim Brickett / Creative Commons

The Great Loop of the Eastern United States is like a safari, or sea-­fari if you will. There are bears, manatees, bald eagles and mountain lions all while boaters cruise through 6,000 miles of waterways. They travel the Atlantic up to Canada then to inland waterways, down to the Gulf Coast and back to the Atlantic. 

Determining the Fate of the Cownose Ray

Feb 19, 2016

Oyster restoration efforts around the Chesapeake Bay come with a variety of concerns including one that returns every spring with the annual migration of the cownose ray. A new Florida State University report published by Nature is using new data to refute claims that cownose rays are responsible for the collapse of the oyster industry. 

Crab Shanty By: Neil Kaye http://www.tangierisland-va.com/

“I tell people erosion's been going on but when it gets to your doorstep you pay more attention to it. Yeah, we don't have a lot of time to work with.”

Tangier Mayor James Ooker Eskridge has been giving tours and talking with the media for years. But today he has the eyes and ears of Norfolk Army Corps of Engineers newest district commander, Colonel Jason Kelly.”

“Has that been the plan, I mean really just retreat is that the way over the years you handle the erosion. Just relocate?”

Supervisors Vote to Rezone River Site

Nov 12, 2015
www.cbf.org

  After months of contentious hearings, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to rezone a one-thousand acre pristine tract of land along the Rappahannock River. 

The move paves the way for Miami-based Diatomite of America to move forward with plans to build a commercial resort, championship golf course and more than 700 houses on forested cliffs currently occupied by bald eagles. Marty Payne who lives downriver from Fones Cliffs told supervisors he's worried the large development will pollute the river.

 

Researching Diseases in Wild Oysters

Nov 12, 2015
www.vims.edu

While farmed oysters are big business in Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay wild oyster is still struggling with bay pollution and two diseases, harmless to humans, but fatal to oysters.

Since the late 1980s, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has conducted annual surveys to check on how wild oysters are coping.

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