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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2011

  • April 2011 - Maryland Bay Grasses down 15% in 2010.  Bay grasses in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers covered approximately 40,193 acres in 2010, down from 47,294 acres in 2009. This represents 35% of Maryland’s 114,000-acre bay grass restoration goal. Read more....

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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2010

  • June 2010 - Water Chestnut Removal Update Summer 2010 - European Water Chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant that spreads rapidly, out-competes native bay grasses, and impedes water use and recreation. Although this invasive species has nearly been eliminated from Maryland waters after a decade of eradication efforts by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, it still persists in some areas. Read more...

  • April 2010 - Maryland’s Bay Grasses Up 12% in 2009 - Governor Martin O’Malley announced 2009 was the third year in a row Maryland’s bay grasses increased in abundance. The 12% increase resulted in the second highest level seen in Maryland waters since the Virginia Institute of Marine Science began its annual bay grass survey in 1984. Read more...

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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2009

  • May 2009 - Bay Grasses in Classes Continues Twelfth Season with Student Planting Field Trips - The Bay Grasses in Classes (BGIC) program is a joint partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). Since 1998, some 1,667 classes, more than 43,946 students have been involved in the Bay Grasses in Classes program. During this time, students have planted over 500,000 plants grown in their classrooms. This year, students from 15 counties and Baltimore City have raised wild celery, redhead grass and water stargrass and will be planting these grasses in four Maryland waterways across the state. Read more...

  • April 2009 - Maryland’s Bay Grasses Increase in 2008 - Bay grasses, a favorite home to the blue crab, increased 20 percent in 2008 in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The majority of the 7,221-acre increase resulted from a continued expansion on the Susquehanna Flats, home of the largest bay grass beds in the Chesapeake Bay. While the new number — 42,237 acres (up from 35,016 acres in 2007) — marks a significant increase, Maryland bay grass acreage remains far short of the 2010 restoration goal of 110,000 acres. Read more...

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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2008

  • June 2008 - Invasive Water Lettuce Harms Bay Grasses And May Impede Boating Read more...

  • June 2008 - Seeds of Hope Read more...

  • June 2008 - Chesapeake States Look to Grass Beds to Help Blue Crabs Read more...

  • January 2008 – Bay Grasses in Classes Kicks Off Eleventh Season With Teacher Trainings in JanuaryRead more...

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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2007

  • June 2007 - Large Scale Bay Grass Restoration Efforts Continue with Eelgrass Seed CollectionRead more...

  • March 2007 – Maryland Bay Grasses Decline In 2006 Survey consistent with Bay-wide results; Susquehanna Flats beds remain healthy.  Read more...

  • March 2007 – Significant Underwater Bay Grass Acreage Lost in 2006 Despite Bay-wide declines, large beds on the Susquehanna Flats remain dens. Read more...

  • January 2007 - Bay Grasses in Classes Kicks Off Tenth Season with Teacher Trainings in JanuaryRead more...

  • January 2007 - Natural recovery of bay grasses is encouragingRead more...

  • January 2007 - - Environmentally important underwater grass beds facing global crisis Often out of sight and out of mind for both the public and resource managers,
    underwater grass beds face a “global crisis” as their coastal habitats are dramatically altered by human activities, a new study says. Read more...

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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2006

  • December 2006 - Rifle-toting crab scrapers, dying grasses don’t dash hopes for bay I don't remember bay grasses growing thick and lush throughout Tangier Sound, stretching nearly from one island to the next. Read more...

  • September 2006 – Underwater grasses at the tipping point? If someone had placed a bull’s-eye on a map identifying the hot spot for waterfowl a century ago, it would have been the Chesapeake Bay Read more

  • August 2006 – SAV beds show improvement in parts of the Middle Bay, Virginia tributaries. In addition to these improvement in the middle bay, SAV beds in some of Virginia’s western shore freshwater areas are thriving. Read more

  • July 2006 - Large Scale Bay Grass Restoration Efforts Continue with Eelgrass Seed Collection There are areas of the Bay where water quality has improved sufficiently to support bay grasses, yet a lack of seeds prevents recolonization of these areas. Establishing large beds using seeds collected from healthy beds elsewhere could lead to vigorous natural revegetation in adjoining areas.   Read More...

  • June 2006 - The Bay Grasses in Classes Program Wraps Up Ninth Season! The Department of Natural Resources, (DNR) in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), has completed its ninth season of the Bay Grasses in Classes (BGIC) program. Since its inception in 1998, over 1,404 classes and 36,050 students have been involved in the Bay Grasses in Classes program. During this time students have planted over 2.75 acres of bottom surface in the Bay with the 475,000 plants grown in their classrooms. Read More

  • January 12, 2006 - Bay Grasses in Classes Kick off Ninth Season with Teacher Trainings in January.

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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2005

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Maryland Bay Grasses in the News - 2004

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