Chesapeake Currents | August 2014

Critter of the Month: Bull Shark

Bull sharks are named for their short, blunt snouts, and are known for their ability to thrive in both fresh and saltwater. The sharks are summertime visitors to the Chesapeake Bay.
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Bay 101: Air Pollution

Air pollution affects each of the 17.7 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. But it doesn't just cloud the air we breathe. Airborne pollutants can also harm our land and water. Randy Mosier from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) explains how our watershed is affected by the "airshed" that surrounds it, and how airborne pollutants fall onto our land and into our water. 
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What You Can Do: Reduce Air Pollution

Use electric or manual lawn mowers and yard tools instead of gas-powered machines that can pollute our air. 
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Letter from Leadership

Wide Net, huge heart 

Neither blue nor flathead catfish are native to the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, the invasive species have become apex predators that feed voraciously on other fish and shellfish. But in this invasive catfish problem, the founders of the Wide Net Project saw a solution: the critters could be fished out  of local tributaries and used to provide low-cost protein to hunger relief organizations. 
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources links watermen with chefs

By connecting chefs with Chesapeake Bay watermen, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is able to promote local seafood and illustrate the hard work that goes into moving fresh fish and shellfish from the Bay to the dinner table. 
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Photo Essay: Artificial reefs slow erosion, build habitat on Chester River 

Across the Chesapeake Bay, waves crash into shorelines, pulling sand into the water and causing beaches to disappear. In recent decades, scientists have turned to living shorelines and reefs to slow this process and create habitat for wildlife. On the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, one such project has proven successful on both counts. 
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Anacostia, Patapsco restoration projects receive funding

Four organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will receive more than $230,000 to restore portions of the Anacostia and Patapsco rivers. The funding has been granted through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Urban Waters Small Grants Program.
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Ten boats of the Chesapeake Bay

Have you ever found yourself looking out at the boats dotting the Chesapeake Bay and wondering, "What kind of ship is that?" So have we! From schooners (sailing ships with two or more masts, with a long history as workboats) to skiffs (shallow, flat-bottomed boats made to move through the Bay's tributaries), here's a list of 10 iconic watercraft that can be seen on the Bay today.  
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