September 2018 • Volume 17, Number 2
Scientists noticed that forests were leafing out earlier. Their studies showed that this was true — by at least five days, a number likely to increase with rising temperatures in the future.
Nicole Lehming
Climate change is bringing early springs to the forests. Will they still be able to trap nitrogen and carbon? Ecologists at the Appalachian Laboratory, part of the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science, are putting tree core samples through their scientific paces to get the answers.  more . . .
Wild celery and water stargrass are thriving in the Susquehanna Flats.
Chesapeake Bay Program
In the Chesapeake Bay’s great grass revival, one species has proved resilient enough to withstand the heat, strong enough to endure the waves, and diverse enough to help repopulate much of the watershed. Meet the one they call Val – Vallisneria americana, also known as wild celery.  more...
Keith Eshleman, forefront, made a surprising discovery several years ago: nitrogen concentrations in forested streams were dropping by large amounts, and that power plant standards Congress passed in 1990 were the main reason why. photograph, Cheryl Nemazie, UMCES
C Nemazie, UMCES
Improvements to the Clean Air Act in 1990 were supposed to safeguard human health. Who knew they’d also protect the waterways?  more...
Two hands holding a mass of slime above the water.
Maryland DNR
Biologists warned anglers to look out for this substance better known as rock snot. Where did didymo go? Will it be back? more...
Wills Creek starts out as a full-fledged stream of the Potomac, but is contained in a concrete flood control structure as it passes through Cumberland, MD. Here it’s a river surrounded by concrete. Photograph, Nicole Lehming
Nicole Lehming
Planners and engineers may place concrete over waterways and turn them into roads, but the water never forgets where it used to run. more...
Local students Gabrielle Rinard, Zora Edmondson, and Kevin Rinard look for bugs in the Appalachian Laboratory. Photograph, Rona Kobell
Rona Kobell
The Appalachian Laboratory reaches out to its neighbors, and shares how to find the critters indicating that their streams are healthy. more...
Kelsey Brooks in her element — the outdoors. Photograph, Nicole Lehming
Nicole Lehming
Kelsey Brooks is helping Baltimore City and its suburbs with their stormwater control practices. more...
Kent County Oyster Farmer Scott Budden brings knowledge, enthusiasm, and maybe oysters to our board.
Jay Fleming
The first Kent County oyster farmer brings his enthusiasm and experience to Sea Grant. more...
The forests, streams, and air in western Maryland have important stories to tell about the Bay — stories that will help us restore the health of the estuary, and help us better connect to the people who live 200 miles from it.  more . . .
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