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Morgan State University Professor Engineers Tool to Keep Runoff out of the Chesapeake

Devon Ashby • June 11, 2019

Runoff water from storms is one of the leading causes of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. James Hunter, Ph.D., a professor at Morgan State University, intends to change that with a special project.

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Mussels as a Matter of Policy

Alexandra Grayson • March 27, 2019

Amidst a constantly changing political scene, the environment and the policies set to solve conservation and restoration challenges seem to have earned a place at the top of many people’s priorities in recent years.

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Marshes Are Getting Some Newfound Respect

Rona Kobell • February 27, 2019

Once considered little more than nuisances to progress, marshes across the United States have been filled in and paved over to make room for important projects, such as JFK International Airport in Queens or, say, the city of Miami.

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A Mussel’s Muscles: Can another bivalve help save the bay?

Alexandra Grayson • January 10, 2019

You may have heard people say oysters were once able to filter the whole Chesapeake Bay in three days. Though that is merely a figure of speech, oysters have long been known to filter bodies of water. But there is another type of bivalve mollusk that is known to provide the same service, and is gaining in popularity in fresher water. The mussel is that particular mollusk.

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Rainy Year in Maryland Doesn’t Dampen State Oyster Aquaculture Forecast

Rona Kobell • November 13, 2018

Maryland’s oyster aquaculture harvest so far this year has already exceeded last year’s, despite a deluge of fresh water from storms that scientists and managers worried would stymie growth.

So far, the Maryland harvest for 2018 is just over 80,000 bushels of farm-raised oysters; in 2017, it was 75,000. In 2016, it was 65,000 bushels, and that was a 1,000 percent increase since 2012.

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