Month: January 2014

EPA Awards Grants to Research Solutions to Nutrient Pollution

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EPA Awards Grants to Research Solutions to Nutrient Pollution

Today the EPA announced that it would be granting $9 million to 3 universities and the Water Environment Research Foundation to research solutions to nutrient pollution. Stormwater runoff, which has been in the news frequently in the past few weeks (at least in the Chesapeake Bay watershed regions) will be a major focus. One of the schools awarded funds is Pennsylvania State University. Their research will concentrate on Pennsylvania waters and the Chesapeake basin.

Frozen Potomac River

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The Potomac River was partially frozen over today, here in Northern Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

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The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has released their final draft of the Bay Watershed Agreement. The agreement is a result of a partnership between states and the District of Columbia, in the Chesapeake watershed, to protect and restore the Bay. A draft report is published every January detailing goals and expected outcomes for the year to come. CBP allows for public comment from now until March 17.

Chesapeake Bay Program Draft Watershed Agreement 2014

2014 Farm Bill con’t

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I’ve posted the link to the 2014 Farm Bill as passed by the House of Representatives (titled the Agricultural Act of 2014).

Agricultural Act of 2014

A Snowy Weekend on the Creek

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It was a snowy, cold weekend in the Northern Neck. Antipoison Creek and our tidal ponds partially froze over Sunday morning. My family was there to take some photos: Image

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Photo credit: Gary Greenwood

Afternoon Reads

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I’m reading a variety of Bay/ environmental news this afternoon:

Virginia Runoff Bill (Bay Daily)

Proposed Natural Gas Line Threatens MD Stream (Bay Journal)

Update on VA Animal Feeding Operation Permits (Bay Journal)

Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change (New York Times)

Checking on Earth’s Chimney (B’More Green)