Tag: Chesapeake Bay

By Stefanie Jackson – The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District, which manages and maintains the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, is readying plans to build a Chesapeake Channel parallel tunnel on the Northampton County side of the facility as work continues near Virginia Beach on the Thimble Shoals parallel tunnel,...
By Carol Vaughn — A report from the Chesapeake Bay Program shows mixed results on the Bay’s recovery. The report, “Bay Barometer: Health and Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 2019-2020,” gives information about progress on 10 goals and 31 outcomes designed to advance the Bay’s restoration and included in the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Construction continues on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel’s first parallel tunnel, near the Virginia Beach side of the bridge, with projected completion in 2024, approximately two years later than originally estimated. “The key emphasis for the collective project team is high quality and durability over speed for...
By Carol Vaughn — Attorney General Mark Herring announced he has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Herring joins the attorneys general of Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D. C., in the lawsuit. The 26-page lawsuit was filed Thursday, Sept. 10, in the...
Story and Photos by Bill Sterling Special to the Eastern Shore Post With a trace of snow still on the ground and temperatures in the lower 40s, 78 dippers plunged into the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday for the 24th Annual February Freeze in Cape Charles to raise funds for Habitat for...
By Stefanie Jackson – A widow filed a $6 million lawsuit against the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT), claiming the bridge-tunnel is responsible for the death of her husband, Joseph Chen, a long-haul driver whose tractor-trailer plummeted over the side of the bridge nearly three years ago, Feb. 9, 2017. The...
By Bill Hall   On Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission passed additional regulatory measures affecting Virginia’s commercial and recreational striped bass/rockfish fisheries. These “emergency actions” were in response to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) 2018 Striped Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment, which indicated that the biomass...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Administrator Charles Kolakowski reported Aug. 27 that the entire Chesapeake Bay could soon become a no-discharge zone under the Clean Water Act, a federal law that aims to reduce pollution in U.S. waters.  That means ships would not be permitted to discharge untreated or treated...
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By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Director of Planning and Zoning Susan McGhee recently pointed out some huge demands in the latest draft of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan that could be unaffordable for the Eastern Shore, but at least one supervisor saw...
By Linda CicoiraFive of 13 health index indicators were given failing marks in the annual State of the Bay report released this week by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.Nitrogen, phosphorus, and water quality grades were down from 2016 in the pollution category. Underwater grass-es and resource lands improved...