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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

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

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

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

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


An Economic Assessment of Policy Options to Reduce Agricultural Pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay

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

Uses data on crop and animal agriculture in the Chesapeake watershed to assess the relative effectiveness of alternative policy approaches for achieving the nutrient and sediment reduction goals of the 2010 plan for Total Maximum Daily Load.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan: Progress Report

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues$file/RD160.pdf

Discusses plans for a new Bay Watershed Agreement and the completion of an update to Virginia’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan.  From the Secretary of Natural Resources


Nutrient Load Summaries for Major Lakes and Estuaries of the Eastern United States, 2002

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

Provides estimates of sources and stream transport of harmful nutrients to 255 major lakes and 64 estuaries in the eastern U.S. including major rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay tributaries.   From the U.S. Geological Survey


Land and Water Quality Protection in Hampton Roads: Phase II

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

Provides guidance to local governments on best stormwater management practices for coastal areas, includes a review of two Hampton Roads localities to identify policy changes, and demonstrates the use of geographic information systems to improve the site design process.  From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission


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