Study shows that the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay has declined 92 percent since 1980.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
By Greg Masters Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — The Chesapeake Bay's oyster population has plummeted since the late 1960s, when Willy Dean, a Maryland waterman since the age of 17, would go hand tonging with his father and "load the boat with oysters." "The catch is way, way down from what it was back then," Dean said. The population is so low that several scientists recommended a complete halt on oyster harvesting in a study published in August by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. But a moratorium has not gained traction among watermen and state officials, who see the industry as an important tradition and a small but significant part of the state's economy. "People would have to get other jobs, leave the …
WSSC will use money from the state's 'flush tax' to upgrade the Blue Plains plant.
The Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Southwest D.C. will receive an infusion of $104 million through Maryland's Bay Restoration Fund under a grant approved Wednesday by the state's Board of Public Works. The grant will go toward the $950 million nitrogen-removal program that D.C. Water broke ground on in May. The Blue Plains facility has the capacity to treat 370 million gallons of wastewater a day and serves 726 square miles in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Each jurisdiction contributes to the plant's operation. "Upgrades at the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, the single largest point source of nitrogen to the Chesapeake Bay, are an essential part of our plan to clean up the Potomac River and the Bay,” Gov. Martin …