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Nutrients, Ground Water, And The Chesapeake Bay - A Link With Pfiesteria?
Scientists from the USGS and other agencies involved in Chesapeake Bay studies are working together to understand the delivery of nutrients from the land into the Bay and the relationship of nutrients to Pfiesteria-like organisms and ultimately fish health. (1997-09-26)

Slow-moving ground water slows down water-quality improvements in Chesapeake Bay
Ground water supplies about half of the water and nitrogen to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is therefore an important pathway for nitrogen to reach the bay, according to a recent USGS study. The relatively slow movement of nutrient-rich ground water to streams and into the Bay will impact the (2004-02-18)

Book released on Hurricane Isabel's effect on Chesapeake Bay
A new book entitled (2005-12-02)

Chesapeake Bay Sediment : Home To Pfiesteria-Like Microbes
Analysis of Chesapeake Bay sediment cores collected by the USGS and the University of Maryland CEES indicates that some of the sediment samples dating back hundreds or thousands of years contain Pfiesteria-like organisms. (1997-10-09)

Chesapeake Bay ecosystem health remains poor, but slightly improved in 2007
An independent scientific analysis led by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researchers gives the Chesapeake Bay a C-minus in 2007, indicating that Bay ecological conditions were slightly better than the previous year, but far below what is needed for a healthy bay. (2008-04-03)

NOAA deploys new 'smart buoy' off Annapolis
NOAA deployed the seventh in a series of (2009-11-11)

Sea level rise alters bay's salinity
While global-warming-induced coastal flooding moves populations inland, the changes in sea level will affect the salinity of estuaries, which influences aquatic life, fishing and recreation. (2008-11-20)

Large rockfish leave Chesapeake Bay to become ocean migrators; smaller fish remain
A new electronic tagging study of 100 Potomac River striped bass sheds light on rockfish migration in Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researchers found that when rockfish reach 32 inches in length they leave Chesapeake Bay and become ocean migrators. Small fish stayed in the Bay had higher mortality rates than those that undertook ocean migrations. (2020-05-14)

Koshland Science Museum announces Summer events
This summer, the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will offer a sample of public programs about an essential resource -- water. (2007-05-23)

Snapshot From Space...New Satellite Map Of Chesapeake Bay To Aid Management Efforts
A poster produced from satellite images of the Chesapeake Bay watershed will aid a multi-state effort to restore and manage the Bay's resources, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (1997-12-01)

Scientists uncover a centuries-old case of mistaken identity in the Chesapeake Bay
Scientists recently discovered that some jellyfish in the Bay are quite different from their ocean cousins. This led scientists from NOAA and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History to declare them as two different species. (2017-10-13)

Bern Sweeney receives 2013 Forest Champion Lifetime Achievement award
Stroud Water Research Center Director Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., received the 2013 Forest Champion Lifetime Achievement award from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the US Forest Service at the Chesapeake Watershed Forum held at the National Technical Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. (2013-10-08)

Survey of Chesapeake Bay watershed residents may save the bay
To enhance progress on cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, the Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech surveyed 1,988 residents of the bay watershed, including those residing in parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The objectives of the survey were to assess residents' level of knowledge about, perceptions of, attitudes towards, and behaviors in relation to pollution and environmental quality of the region. (2003-01-03)

Warming climate will impact dead zones in Chesapeake Bay
In recent years, scientists have projected increasingly large summer dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay, areas where there is little or no oxygen for living things like crabs and fish to thrive, even as long-term efforts to reduce nutrient pollution continue. Researchers from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science factored in local impacts of climate change to make projections of what the oxygen content of the Chesapeake Bay will look like in the future. (2019-12-15)

Estuaries like Chesapeake Bay could contribute more to global warming than once thought
Estuaries and coastal systems are thought to be a relatively small source of atmospheric methane, as little as 3 percent. However, a new study from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science found that the methane building up in the Chesapeake Bay alone, if released, would be equal to the current estimates for all the estuaries in the world combined. (2016-06-21)

Submerged aquatic vegetation return is sentinel of Chesapeake Bay ecosystem recovery
A new research article published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences analyzes the positive impact of long-term nutrient reductions on an important and valuable ecosystem in the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists indicate the resurgence of underwater grasses supports nutrient reductions from EPA's Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) along with conservation incentives have resulted in a healthier Chesapeake Bay. (2018-03-05)

Well-preserved layer of material ejected from Chesapeake Bay meteor-strike discovered
Now researchers at the University of Georgia, studying a kaolin mine in Warren County, have found a layer of tiny grains, which indicate that the grains and the Georgiaites were products of a recently discovered impact that left a huge crater beneath the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. (2004-08-23)

Low oxygen in Chesapeake Bay
The BioScience Talks podcast ( features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. (2017-07-12)

Legendary Chesapeake scientist Walter Boynton awarded Mathias Medal
Walter Boynton, a fixture in the world of Chesapeake Bay science for more than 40 years and a longtime professor and estuarine ecologist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, received the prestigious Mathias Medal Friday night to recognize his distinguished career of outstanding scientific research that has contributed to informed environmental policy in the Chesapeake Bay region. (2016-12-05)

Tracking nutrient pollutant in Chesapeake
Too much of a good thing can kill you, the saying goes. Such is the case in the Chesapeake Bay, North America's largest estuary, where an overabundance of nutrients fosters the formation of an oxygen-starved (2012-05-10)

1996 Was A Very Wet Year And Early 1997 Continues The Pace
Streamflow was well above normal in about half the country last year and with the major flooding in California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest over the New Year and again in late January, the trend seems to be continuing right into 1997, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey. (1997-01-29)

Summer dead zones in Chesapeake Bay breaking up earlier
A new study shows that dead zones in the lower Chesapeake Bay are beginning to break up earlier in the fall, which may be an indication that efforts to reduce nutrient pollution to the Bay are beginning to make an impact. Scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science found that dead zones in the lower part of the Chesapeake Bay are getting smaller in the late summer thanks to a late-season replenishment of oxygen, a natural response to decreasing nutrient pollution. (2018-06-27)

UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory to rebuild historic research pier
The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory $1.7 million to repair and rebuild its historic 750-foot research pier on Solomons Island. Since 1936, the pier has played an instrumental role in the research conducted at the laboratory, collecting data on climate change, fisheries management and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. (2010-09-22)

Oysters could rebound more quickly with limited fishing and improved habitat
A new study shows that combining improved oyster restoration methods with limits on fishing in the upper Chesapeake could bring the oyster population back to the Bay in a much shorter period of time. The study led by Michael Wilberg of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory assessed a range of management and restoration options to see which ones would have the most likelihood of success. (2013-06-13)

Chesapeake Bay region streams are warming
The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new US Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change. (2014-12-08)

LandScope Chesapeake to provide shared conservation priority system for the Chesapeake Watershed
NatureServe, National Park Service, and US Geological Survey have launched LandScope Chesapeake, a shared system for practitioners and citizens to guide and track progress toward collaborative land protection and public access goals across the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed. (2012-09-27)

Below-average 'dead zone' predicted for Chesapeake Bay in 2015
A University of Michigan researcher and his colleagues are forecasting a slightly below-average but still significant 'dead zone' this summer in the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary. (2015-06-23)

Fertilizers -- a growing threat to sea life
A rise in carbon emissions is not the only threat to the planet. Changes to the nitrogen cycle, caused in large part by the widespread use of fertilizers, are also damaging both water quality and aquatic life. These concerns are highlighted by professor Grace Brush, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, in her historical review of landscape changes around Chesapeake Bay. Her findings are published online this week in Springer's journal Estuaries and Coasts. (2008-10-21)

A new understanding of 31 years of Chesapeake Bay nutrient trends
Reducing the delivery of nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay is one of the most important components of restoration efforts to achieve a healthy Bay ecosystem. The USGS has developed a new method for tracking the progress toward reducing nitrogen and phosphorus delivery from the watershed to the Bay. The analysis reveals both good and bad news about the progress being made regarding the reduction of nutrient inputs over the past 31 years, as well as the past decade. (2010-09-15)

Chesapeake Bay health improves in 2015
The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2015, according to scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C (53 percent) in 2015, one of the three highest scores since 1986. Only 1992 and 2002 scored as high or higher, both years of major sustained droughts. (2016-05-17)

Changing Chesapeake Bay acidity impacting oyster shell growth
Acidity is increasing in some regions of the Chesapeake Bay even faster than is occurring in the open ocean, where it is now recognized that increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide dissolve in the seawater thereby making it more acidic. These more acidic conditions in key parts of Chesapeake Bay reduce rates of juvenile oyster shell formation, according to new research published in the journal Estuaries and Coasts. (2010-06-10)

ChesapeakeView: Everything you need to know about the bay
Crabs, fishing, land use and pollution sources are frequently hot topics for researchers in the Chesapeake Bay area, but finding all the available information, especially remote sensing data, is frequently a chore. Now, ChesapeakeView, a project of the AmericaView consortium, brings together a variety of datasets and makes them available to anyone who needs them for research, planning or other studies. (2011-03-08)

Chesapeake Bay surface water temperature is increasing over time
A new study shows that surface water temperature in the Chesapeake Bay is increasing more rapidly than air temperature, signaling a need to look at the impact of warming waters on one of the largest and most productive estuaries in the world. (2015-10-14)

National Science Foundation grant expands UMCES oyster research
To help improve the success of oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researcher Dr. Elizabeth North is leading a team of scientists in a new in-depth study to determine when oysters spawn and where their larvae go in the Chesapeake Bay's Choptank River. Her team's research is supported by a $750,000 competitive grant from the National Science Foundation. (2008-10-02)

Forecasting jellyfish in Chesapeake Bay
Before planning your next beach outing on Chesapeake Bay, you will of course check the weather forecast, and before long, you may be able to check the jellyfish forecast as well. A team of scientists has developed a prototype forecasting system that predicts the likelihood of sea nettles, a stinging jellyfish, in the bay. (2002-07-16)

Rivers Deliver Record Flow to the Cheseapeake Bay in 1996
Total freshwater inflow into the Chesapeake Bay during 1996 was the highest ever recorded, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS scientists said that rivers and streams carried a combined average flow of 87.5 billion gallons of water per day (bgd) into the Bay during the past year, about 1.7 times the long-term normal. Previous record high was 85.1 bgd in 1972, the year of Hurricane Agnes (1997-01-03)

Furry-clawed Asian crabs found in Delaware and Chesapeake Bays
Chinese mitten crabs, first reported in the Chesapeake Bay, are more widespread than initially thought. Four crabs have now been caught in Delaware Bay during the last week of May 2007, and may occur in other waters of the US east coast. (2007-06-04)

Century of data shows sea-level rise shifting tides in Delaware, Chesapeake bays
The warming climate is expected to affect coastal regions worldwide as glaciers and ice sheets melt, raising sea level globally. For the first time, an international team has found evidence of how sea-level rise already is affecting high and low tides in both the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, two large estuaries of the eastern United States. (2018-01-24)

Scientists find sustainable solutions for oysters in the future by looking into the past
Oysters are keystone organisms in estuaries around the world, influencing water quality, constructing habitat and providing food for humans and wildlife. Yet their populations in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere have dramatically declined after more than a century of overfishing, pollution, disease and habitat degradation. Smithsonian scientists and colleagues, however, have conducted the first bay-wide, millennial-scale study of oyster harvesting in the Chesapeake, revealing a sustainable model for future oyster restoration. (2016-05-23)

Sensors more accurately map the Chesapeake Bay's forested wetlands
Two US Department of Agriculture scientists have created new maps of Chesapeake Bay forested wetlands that are about 30 percent more accurate than existing maps. Wetlands are critical to the health of bodies of water like the Chesapeake Bay. (2010-08-13)

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