Tidewater Current Winter 2011-12

New Green Revolution is Building

Transmitting enlightening news & information about sustainable endeavors in Coastal Virginia and beyond. Weekly Updates.



NEWS: Land |Water | Wildlife

Expedition Chesapeake -http://www.expeditionchesapeake.org/


3/14/12 - Virginia Beach deal preserves a slice of nature | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

2/15/12 - Nature Conservancy Uses Google Maps To Improve Adopt-An-Acre Program
Browse what plot of land you wanna save ( in VA) and - presto - save it! - http://www.webpronews.com/nature-conservancy-uses-google-maps-to-improve-adopt-an-acre-program-2012-02

1/13/12 - Fort Monroe authority wants power to sell some land - Pilotonline.com

1/13/12 - Consultants are appointed for Fort Monroe plan - DailyPress.com

1/10/12 -McKay Jenkins: A National Park in West Virginia?‏ - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mckay-jenkins-phd/a-national-park-in-west-v_b_1193840.html

1/6/12 - New policies contribute to VA's surge in land conservation easements - http://www.bayjournal.com/article.cfm?article=4281

usfws_pic1/3/12 -US FWS awards $1 million dollar grant to protect Pleasure House Point - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced 20.5 million dollars in grants to conserve and restore coastal wetlands and their fish and wildlife habitat in some 13 states, including 1 million that has been allocated to the acquisition of  82 acres of the Pleasure House Point Property in Virginia Beach.  The grants, awarded under the 2012 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, will be matched by nearly $21 million in partner contributions from state and local governments, private landowners and conservation groups.  Press Release - More Info. Image - USFWS.

1/1/12 - theherald-nc.com | N.C. Mountains-to-Sea trail gets Johnston tract‏ - http://www.theherald-nc.com/2012/01/01/21227/nc-mountains-to-sea-trail-gets.html

12/9/11 - Pleasure House Point Acquisition Receives First Major Donation by a Private Source... -- VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --‏

11/20/11 - Va. land conservation tops in Southeast - FOX Carolina 21‏

Fort Monroe Preservation

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Water/Cheseapeake Bay

3/19/12 - Oyster Restoration Effort Planned on Eastern Shore - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -‏

3/15/12 - New York City Commits to Green Solution for Sewage Overflows, Harnessing Water as a Resource to Improve Communities | Peter Lehner's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC‏

3/14/12 - Ocean Planning Would Bring Billions of Dollars of Economic Benefits, New Study Confirms | Sarah Chasis's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC‏

3/5/12 - Federal agencies release progress report, action plan for Chesapeake Bay restoration - Chesapeake Bay Program‏

3/7/12 - When it comes to creating wetlands, Mother Nature is in charge‏ | ScienceDaily.com

3/6/12 - “Habitat restoration: making a difference in coastal Virginia” Symposium. The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia is pleased to offer a FREE 1-day symposium on some restoration efforts in coastal Virginia! - INFO - Registration Contact

3/5/12 - Our View: Watermen go ghost hunting | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com

3/5/12 - New report questions hard-edged 'living shorelines' in estuaries | Science Codex

3/4/12 - Chesapeake Bay oyster appears to be in recovery mode - The Washington Post

3/2/12 - HRSD looking at taking over sewer systems owned by localities - The Daily Press

3/1/12 - THIS (environmental data gathering Chesapeake Bay) BUOY COULD BE SUNK. on Page B8 of Thursday, March 01, 2012 issue of The Virginian-Pilot

3/12 - Chesapeake Bay Journal: Scientists set standards to define a 'successful' oyster reef - March 2012‏

2/27/12 - New wetlands park replaces brownfield in distressed neighborhood | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC‏

2/26/12 - University (MD) program funds $4.1 million to technology projects (including floating wetland project in the Bay) - News - The Diamondback - University of Maryland‏

2/24/12 - Court Allows Town to Ban Fracking: Sets Precedent‏ - http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/23434

2/20/12 - Virginia Institute of Marine Science - Eelgrass restoration aids overall recovery of coastal bays‏

2/20/12 - 'Islands' in Harveys Lake to munch on chemicals - News - The Times-Tribune

2/18/12 - EPA gives mixed grades on Chesapeake Bay cleanup plans - Baltimore Sun

2/17/12 - Data show Va. Beach's Lake Tecumseh project works | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

2/15/12 - EPA Webcast - Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Academy 1-2 pm - Info

2/14/12 - Army Corps of Engineers holding oyster meeting in Hampton (April 17)| HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

2/9/12 - $300 million Chesapeake Bay bond stalls in Virginia House - http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dead-rise-blog/dp-300-million-chesapeake-bay-bond-stalls-in-virginia-house-20120209,0,7285446.story?track=rss

2/8/12 - Gowanus Canal to Become "Sponge Park" for Storm Water Runoff‏ - http://ecogeek.org/component/content/article/3703

2/8/12 - 2011 Virginia oyster harvest best since 1989 - dailypress.com‏

2/8/12 - Md. delegate wants to ban arsenic in chicken feed; industry reps argue it would hurt farmers - The Washington Post‏

2/8/12 - Virginia oyster harvest soars - Post Now - The Washington Post‏

2/8/12 - The Illusion of Wetlands "Restoration"(new study conludes that manmade wetlands are almost never as good as the real thing)- http://cbf.typepad.com/bay_daily/2012/02/wetlands-were-once-seen-as-wastelands-swampy-mosquito-ridden-barriers-to-economic-development-good-only-for-draining-and.html

2/7/12 - Virginia's Oyster Harvests Boom‏ - http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=1124

2/7/12 - Oysters continue their recovery in Virginia – Bearing Drift: Virginia's Conservative Voice‏

2/7/12 - Oysters, Pilots Benefit from $50 Million Royal Bank of Canada Aid Program - Bloomberg

2/5/12 - Eco-Machine might provide pathway toward turning wastewater into a useful resource | Burlington Free Press | burlingtonfreepress.com

2/3/12 - Maryland Gov. O'Malley proposes more than $52 million for Chesapeake Bay restoration in 2013 - Chesapeake Bay Program‏

2/3/12 - Lawmakers push for sea level rise study in Hampton Roads - dailypress.com

1/24/12 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks underwater grass growers | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

1/24/12 -Reck on the Road: Oyster farming(in the Lynnhaven) - http://www.wavy.com/dpp/hr_show/reck-on-the-road-oyster-farming

1/24/12 - Radio New Zealand : News : Te Manu Korihi : Unexpected benefit for floating wetland‏ - http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/96612/unexpected-benefit-for-floating-wetland

1/23/12 - Radio New Zealand : News : Te Manu Korihi : Floating wetland benefiting Lake Rotoehu‏

1/23/12 - LEED Coastal Studies Center to Open in August - The Outer Banks Sentinel

1/21/12 - Lynnhaven River's health improving, group says | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

1/20/12 - (Charlottesille) New Living Technology Institute Supports and Advances Ecological Technologies to Solve Complex Water Challenges - MarketWatch

1/20/12 - Citizens Aren't Waiting on Politicians for Clean Water - Call it Occupy the Bay if you will, but citizens around the Chesapeake Bay watershed are getting together to take ownership of clean water and Bay restoration. The Bay Daily

1/20/12 - W.Va. rewrites plans to help clean up Chesapeake Bay, sets new goals for farm operators | The Republic

1/20/12 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation tous job increase (re EPA pollution limits)- WVEC.com

1/20/12- A Farmville-style game that helps save wetlands - http://grist.org/list/a-farmville-style-game-that-helps-save-wetlands/

1/19/12 - NZTA nurtures floating garden to help improve environment | Scoop News

1/19/12- Calculating the Carbon Value of a Swamp - NYTimes.com

1/18/12 - Wetlands could soon get carbon-credit money‏ - http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20120118/ARTICLES/120119536

1/15/12 - Environmentalists celebrate long-shot victory at Mattawoman Creek - The Washington Post‏

1/14/12 - An easy shell: sustainable oysters (video) Rappahannock River, VA - Grist

1/12/12 - Toward a National Coastline Policy - NYTimes.com‏

1/11/12 - Floating Pool Could Clean the Water in Prague's Vltava River | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World‏

1/11/12 - $28.5M plan is rolled out for Lynnhaven River | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

1/10/12 - VIMS Center for Caostal Resources Management to Install Floating Treatment Wetlands - http://www.vims.edu/about/sustainability_at_vims/news/index.php

1/5/12 - Group says Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan will boost jobs - http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/05/us-chesapeake-jobs-idUSTRE80403Q20120105

1/5/12 - A swimmable, fishable harbor by 2020: Why not?
Cleaning up Baltimore's waterways should be part of a larger project to change our habits and reduce pollution - http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-01-05/news/bs-ed-healthy-harbor-20120105_1_fishable-harbor-healthy-harbor-plan-waterfront-partnership

1/4/12 - Did the Chesapeake Bay Turn the Corner in 2011? - http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/01/04/did-the-chesapeake-bay-turn-the-corner-in-2011/

1/3/12 - World Wetlands Day - Feb 2 -Wetland Photos Wanted. Celebrate the 40th Anniversay of the International Ramsar Convention to Protect Wetlands - Photo Contest hosted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of State - Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science - Jan 3-20 send in your photos of wildlife, landscapes, plants or tourists in wetlands to promote their protection. Winners announced Jan 25. Perhaps a winning photo of a local wetland like Long Creek or Pleasure House Point will aid preservation. View information about the Ramsar convention and a list of Wetlands of International Importance, including some Bay wetlands.

1/2/12 - NC outdoor classroom and wetland projct awarded - http://www.dailyadvance.com/features/ec-pasquotank-schools-albemarle-rcd-honors-elizabeth-city-middle-823361

1/2/12 - Report links bay cleanup, job creation | WAVY.com | Virginia‏

12/30/11 - Chesapeake Bay advocates want Virginia to issue $300 million in bonds - Daily Press

12/28/11 - Washington's big dig aims to clean up nation's river | Reuters

12/15/11 - Chesapeake Bay researchers say Susquehanna Flats grass beds survive fall rains | The Republic

12/12/11 - Stewards sought in Hampton Roads for Chesapeake Bay - dailypress.com‏

12/7/11-Director of Whitaker's Imax film on Chesapeake Bay watershed visits area | PennLive.com‏

12/7/11-Maryland approves $17 million in construction grants for Blue Plains sewage plant upgrades - The Washington Post‏

12/6/11-Shells Returned to the Chesapeake Bay Improve Ecosystem, Result in Cleaner Water - Southern Maryland News, Charles County, Calvert County and St. Mary's County News‏

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If you see an injured or dead marine mammal, please report it to the the Virginia Aquarium's Marine Mammal Stranding Team at 437-6159. Help for other injured wildlife can be found at Wildlife Response - 543-7000.

5/7/11 - Eagle Festival - Events | Norfolk Botanical Garden‏

3/15/12 - OspreyCam gives live view of nest in Gloucester | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

3/13/12 - Update: Menhaden 1, General Assembly 0 | Bacon's Rebellion‏

3/12 - Chesapeake Bay Journal: Atlantic sturgeon officially listed as endangered - March 2012‏

3/12 - 2011 Blue Crab Assessment - Fisheries Hot Topics - chesapeakebay.noaa.gov‏

3/12/12 - Virginia Institute of Marine Science - VIMS announces launch of "OspreyCam"‏

3/2/12 - Scientists to develop management plan for invasive blue and flathead catfish in Chesapeake Bay - Chesapeake Bay Program‏

2/27/12 - CCB wants to hear from osprey watchers - http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2012/center-for-conservation-biology-wants-to-hear-from-osprey-watchers123.php

2/23/12 - Couple get a tail of a whale to regale their friends | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

2/19/12 - Virginia Aquarium Responds to Sei Whale Stranding in Ocean View Today - Virginia Aquarium

2/12/12 - Virginia Beach Wintering whales draw a crowd to shore - http://www.newsleader.com/article/20120212/NEWS01/202120339/Wintering-whales-draw-crowd-shore

2/11/12 - Common dolphin makes uncommon splash in Ocean City - pressofAtlanticCity.com: Upper Cape May: with video,

1/31/12 - Study Shows That Potent New Pesticides May Be Killing Off Honeybees | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World‏

1/31/12 - Atlantic sturgeon in Chesapeake Bay to be listed an endangered - dailypress.com

1/26/12 - Whales 'spy hopping' off Virginia Beach coast - Virginian-Pilot

1/22/12 - BEEKEEPING GUILD CREATING PLENTY OF BUZZ WITH BEGINNER'S COURSE on Page TXBE1 of Sunday, January 22, 2012 issue of The Virginian-Pilot‏

1/16/12 - Rescued bald eagle at Va. wildlife center has built up a sizable online fan base - The Washington Post

1/12/12 - Cranes Resume Their Migratory Flight - NYTimes.com

1/9/12 - Crane Migration can Resume FAA says - http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/crane-migration-can-resume-f-a-a-says/?ref=earth

1/7/12 - Legal Problem Grounds a Bird Migration - NYTimes.com‏ - http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/legal-snafu-grounds-a-bird-migration/#more-127603

1/5/12 - Boaters spot humpback whales in Virginia Beach - WTKR‏ - http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-boaters-spot-humpback-whales-in-virginia-beach-20120105%2c0%2c2294840.story

1/4/12 - Sea turtle rescued on New Year's Day in Va. Beach | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

1/1/12 - It's been a great year for sighting all sorts of critters | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

WPA Webinar: Wind and Wildlife Interactions
Date: 12/21/2011

1:00 p.m. MST (3:00 p.m. EST)
This free webinar is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America 2011 webinar series. This webinar will provide an overview of wind turbine and wildlife issues, including a summary of research plans by the American Wind and Wildlife Institute. Other topics will include an update of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wind regulations and bat/wind turbine interactions.The webinar is free; no registration is required. Log-in information is below. Info

12/20/11 - Eagles Soar Over Hampton Roads | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

12/18/11 - Coastal Journal: Young barn owls rehabbed, released | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com‏

12/5/11 - Injured bald eagle may have broken wing | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

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