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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

 

Streamflow, Water Quality, and Aquatic Macroinvertebrates of Selected Streams in Fairfax County, Virginia, 2007-2012

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

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5073/pdf/sir2014-5073.pdf

Describes results of long-term effort to assess the condition of Fairfax County streams and documents watershed-scale responses to the implementation of Best Management Practices.  The focus was on hydrologic and ecological condition of 14 monitored streams.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement 2014

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Federal State Relations,Headlines,Virginia Issues

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/documents/ChesapeakeBayWatershedAgreemenetFINAL.pdf

Establishes a new set of goals and outcomes for the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries, and the lands that surround them.  From the Chesapeake Bay Program

 

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