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Read Scott Eglseder’s quarterly article in the Star Democrat about the matters surrounding the Bay, for the benefit of the Bay

The decline, and revival, of the osprey

Nearly 20,000 osprey come to nest along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay every spring. This is the largest global concentration of osprey, but it hasn’t always been so. Osprey populations saw a catastrophic decline in the 1950s. The culprit? Unregulated pesticides...

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Data supports Harris Creek sanctuary

There has been much controversy surrounding the restoration of Harris Creek. Waterman have argued that Harris Creek represented some of the best oystering ground. Additionally, many have balked at the $26 million price tag which funded the 2 billion oysters planted on...

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June is always boom time for ORRI

by Scott Eglseder June is the busiest time of year for our organization, the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative (ORRI). We pick up juvenile oysters from 365 growers and then cap off the growing season with a celebration and party for our growers and...

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Kudos to collaboration: Bay restoration efforts multiplied

by Scott Eglseder On Jan. 2 of this year, three vital conservation agencies officially united to form ShoreRivers: Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (a longtime parter to the Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative), Chester River Association and Sassafras River Association....

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Group celebrates sixth pickup of young oysters

by Scott Eglseder We have successfully completed our sixth Oyster Pickup at the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Reef Recovery Initiative (ORRI), along with our 6th Annual Oyster Social. Once the oyster growing season concludes in the spring, we gather all of the juvenile...

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Is Trump’s new EPA admin good or bad for the Bay?

  Is Trump’s new EPA admin good or bad for the Bay? by Scott Eglseder I can’t recall ever seeing such a diametrically opposed political atmosphere. The Trump supporters are staunchly for him and his opponents are staunchly against. Now that Trump’s nominee to...

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Program needs help delivering oysters

published September 18, 2016 in the Star Democrat I am blown away by the enthusiasm of those individuals who are helping to restore the ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. We hosted an orientation meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13, for new oyster growers who signed up to...

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Farmers want to be good stewards of the watershed

On Monday, Feb. 29, the Supreme Court denied certiorari, or the right to review the appeal against the jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to impose pollution limits set forth in the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. The primary appellants...

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Oyster aquaculture on the rise

Oyster aquaculture is seeing a boost in the southern regions of the Chesapeake and as far south as Florida. Recent legislation signed by Gov. McAuliffe in Virginia opened up the “Virginia Oyster Trail,” which is akin to the state’s wine trail, showcasing the varietal...

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