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Groundbreaking Land Cover Data to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/groundbreaking_land_cover_data_to_support_chesapeake_bay_restoration_effort

Announces the completion of the Chesapeake Bay High Resolution Land Cover Project to improve information about the features of the Bay watershed landscape.  Enhances evaluation efforts on progress toward reducing the amount of pollution flowing into the Bay.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program

 

Hampton Roads Regional Water-Quality Monitoring Program

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2016/3095/fs20163095.pdf

Describes the water quality monitoring program launched by the USGS in partnership with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District to determine the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids added to the Chesapeake Bay by the Hampton Roads communities.  From the U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3095

 

FY 2016 Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD4002016/$file/RD400.pdf

Latest annual report to the General Assembly on Virginia’s clean-up efforts for the Chesapeake Bay and other Virginia waterways.  From the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

 

Comparing Participation in Nutrient Trading by Livestock Operations to Crop Producers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/err216%5Cerr-216.pdf

After decades of nutrient-runoff reduction efforts via regulation, education, and technical assistance, manure remains a significant contributor to Chesapeake Bay problems.  This report discusses the idea of involving livestock operators in nutrient trading schemes.  Most past such trading efforts have focused on crop producers.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Application of a Weighted Regression Model for Reporting Nutrient and Sediment Concentrations … for the Chesapeake Bay Nontidal Water Quality Monitoring Network, Results Through Water Year 2012

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues

https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20155133

The flow of nutrients and sediment from tributaries into the Chesapeake Bay estuary form the basis for decisions on meeting reductions prescribed by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load regime. This report compares two models for estimating such flows. Includes 5 appendices. From the Geological Survey

 

American Farm Bureau Federation et al v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Supreme Court/courts

http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/134079p.pdf

Decision of a three judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeals affirming the district court opinion that preserves the EPA’s Total Maximum Daily Load approach to cleaning the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Farm and home builder organizations had opposed the plan which requires non-point sources of pollution to share responsibility for cleanup with point sources.  From Justia.

 

Understanding Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Implications for Management and Restoration—The EasternShore

http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1406/pdf/circ1406.pdf

The Eastern Shore only includes 7% of the Bay watershed  but contribute a disproportionate amount of nitrogen and phosphorus to Bay waters.  This report covers the importance of the Eastern Shore to the Bay, the major sources of nitrogen and phosphorus, and the management practices that would be most effective in mitigating the problem.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Virginia Oyster Harvests Continue to Climb

Categories: Business/Economics,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=5559

Press release announcing that the 2013/14 oyster harvest jumped 25% to an estimated 504,000 bushels.  It was the highest level since 1987.  Includes link to table with history of annual Virginia oyster harvests since 1957-58.  From the Office of the Governor

 

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