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Fact Versus Fiction: the Truth About the Stormwater Structures in Your Yard

Kanoko Maeda • July 13, 2017

Urban stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution in Chesapeake Bay.  It’s a big worry, but there is something that each of us can do about it in our own backyards. 

Stormwater structures that manage runoff are becoming more widely used as a way to reduce this pollution. There are lots of options for you to “do your part” and implement stormwater management structures in your own backyard. To help you with your decision, I would like to shed some light on common misconceptions about stormwater structures – insights I have gained through my research on this topic.


Bubble, Bubble: A Community's Fix for Bad Smells Offers a Unique Research Opportunity

Zachary Gotthardt • June 20, 2017

On a small tributary of the Patapsco River in Pasadena, Maryland, an avid community of fishermen and boaters frequent the waters daily during the spring and summer. This river, Rock Creek, is home to the Maryland Yacht club and sees a high volume of boat traffic.


How I Overcame My Nerves and Thrived at a National Conference

Emily Russ • May 22, 2017

It was a chilly December morning in Baltimore as I boarded a plane bound for San Francisco. I held tightly my carry-on bag and poster tube, which contained the poster I would be presenting later in the week at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. I had never attended AGU, and this was actually my maiden voyage to California.


What They Will Remember Ten Years From Now

Joel Bostic • March 6, 2017

Three years ago, I was beginning my final semester as an undergraduate and facing the daunting task of student-teaching high-school classes about earth and environmental science full time for 10 weeks. I often thought about what students should take away from my class. What do I want students to remember in ten years?


Understanding Methodist Heritage Can Inform Planning Climate Futures

Elizabeth Van Dolah • February 23, 2017

I recently sat down with a local waterman on one of the old weathered pews of the Joshua Thomas Chapel in Deal Island, Maryland. I was there to learn about the local heritage of the small fishing and farming communities that are spread across the low-lying marshy islands of the Deal Island Peninsula. 


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