Tests find low levels of “forever chemicals” in some Maryland oysters

A new round of testing for "forever chemicals" in St. Mary's County, MD, found "no levels of concern" in oysters or in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay tributaries where the shellfish were growing, according to state environmental officials.

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How trucking baby eels past dams on the Susquehanna River revived an ecosystem

Some scientists say assisted migration could help more species survive the warming planet.

Virginia, Maryland, D.C. sue EPA over failure to enforce Chesapeake Bay cleanup plans

Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. filed a lawsuit in federal district court today against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accusing the agency of violating the Clean Water Act by failing to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction limits for upstream states Pennsylvania and New York.


COVID-19 disrupts local-level efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay

It’s been a decade since the region renewed its commitment to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, with regional leaders promising to finish the job by 2025.

Chesapeake cleanup goals out of reach?

As Bay states aim for 2025 deadline, many are still far off the mark.


$18 million in grants awarded for Chesapeake Bay stewardship projects

A record $18 million in federal grant money is heading to Chesapeake Bay watershed groups and local governments this year under a 20-year-old program that helps finance restoration projects in the estuary's drainage basin.


‘Forever chemicals’ found in Chesapeake region's freshwater fish

High levels of "forever chemicals" have been reported in freshwater fish and water from a Maryland creek, raising new questions about the extent and seriousness of these compounds' contamination in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


Report shows overall decline in nitrogen, sediment pollution reaching the bay

Today, the Chesapeake Bay Program announced that the amount of nitrogen and sediment pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay continued to decrease, while phosphorus pollution slightly increased from the previous assessment period.


Costs clog efforts to prevent sewage overflows

The fix for Pennsylvania's overflow pollution — the worst in U.S. — is neither quick nor easy.


Researchers predict smaller 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay

Researchers are predicting a slightly smaller-than-average oxygen dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay this year. One of the main reasons why is because there was less rainfall washing pollution off of farms and cities and into the nation's largest estuary.


Got Chesapeake Bay acid? New study finds seagrasses may bring relief

Large beds of underwater grass may be just the cure for one of the problems that ails the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland to begin testing drinking water, Chesapeake Bay oysters for harmful ‘forever chemicals’ known as PFAS

Maryland is testing drinking water and Chesapeake Bay oysters for the presence of what are known as “forever chemicals," or PFAS.

Coronavirus victims include restoration, monitoring of Bay

Efforts to rebuild shad populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed took a beating. Water quality went unchecked for the longest time in more than three decades.


Chesapeake seagrasses help fight ocean acidification

Surprisingly, minerals formed in restored seagrass beds can offset human-caused acidification miles away.

Tom Pelton: Coronavirus is helping the Chesapeake Bay by curbing pollution, but what happens after the pandemic

In the midst of the devastating human toll and economic collapse caused by the coronavirus, a few environmental improvements seem - on the surface - like silver linings on all the dark clouds.

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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