Sci-Tech

Chesapeake Bay Foundation encouraged by changes to protect declining Chesapeake blue crab population, issues statement on dead zone forecast

BALTIMORE, MD—In response to the lowest abundance of crabs ever counted in the 33-year history of the Chesapeake Bay’s winter blue crab dredge survey, fishery managers at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Virginia Marine Resources Commission this week adopted new regulations designed to reduce the crab harvest. The regulations aim to help the overall Chesapeake crab population rebound. …


Politics, Traffic

Governor Hogan announces $15 million for MD 90 improvements to advance ‘Reach The Beach’ plan

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced $15 million to advance the state’s long-term “Reach the Beach” plan with safety, access, and congestion relief projects along MD 90 (Ocean City Expressway) in Worcester County. The funds enable the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration to accelerate planning and move to the design phase for improvements along the 12-mile stretch …


Governor Hogan launches $28 million Chesapeake Bay Crossing Tier 2 Study

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced the next step in the strategy to address congestion and future traffic demand crossing the Chesapeake Bay. The launch of the Bay Crossing Study Tier 2 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) follows completion of the Tier 1 NEPA in April, and continues the governor’s unprecedented efforts to provide congestion relief for generations to …

Essex angler breaks 44-year-old state fishing record

ESSEX, MD—The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that Logan Kurhmann of Essex is the new state record holder for common carp (Cyprinus carpio carpio) in the state’s Chesapeake Division. Kurhmann, 24, caught the 49-pound carp June 4 while bass fishing in the Susquehanna Flats area of the Chesapeake Bay. Kuhrmann was using a spinning tackle with a plastic …

Maryland State Police Aviation Command personnel recognized for statewide safety efforts

ROSEDALE, MD—Seven members of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command were recognized last week for their heroism and efforts to promote safety by the State Employees Risk Management Administration (SERMA). The three troopers and four civilian pilots were honored during SERMA’s conference on May 27th, which recognized more than a dozen employees from State agencies. Sergeant Brooke Tognocchi and Corporal …

2022 Baywide Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey shows lowest abundance observed since 1990

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the results of the 2022 Baywide Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, a cooperative effort with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), which annually estimates the number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay. The total abundance of blue crab in the Chesapeake Bay in 2022 was 227 million crabs, the …

Governor Hogan signs 140 additional bills into law, including historic budget, legislation to cap cost of insulin, expansion of dementia services [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week signed an additional 140 bipartisan bills into law, including the state’s historic capital budget, as well as measures to cap the cost of insulin, expand the state’s commitment to fight dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and permanently allow paramedics and EMTs to administer vaccines. “Today we are signing dozens of impactful measures that directly affect …

Olszewski expands Operation ReTree Baltimore County

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Council Chair Julian Jones on Thursday celebrated Earth Week by announcing an expansion of Operation ReTree Baltimore County, a new equity-based tree planting initiative that is expanding severely diminished tree canopies in highly populated, lower-income neighborhoods. Surrounded by community members and officials, Olszewski and Jones planted one of 45 native trees that are …