Legislative roundup: Oyster recycling; tobacco; female inmate health services

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The Maryland Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would further incentivize oyster shell recycling. “This bill continues to promote a very viable shell recovery program that’s been in existence for five years,” said Sen. Stephen…

Shell recycling: It’s about the bay

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — At 7:30 a.m., outside of the Oyster Recovery Partnership office and by the trunk of his 2008 Toyota Corolla, Wayne Witzke traded his slides for a pair of brown rubber boots. The bearded man hopped into a…

Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay defenders hold breath, wait on Senate

WASHINGTON — If the Senate does not restore a deep, House-passed cut in federal funding to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program, the ripple effect on Maryland conservation efforts could be far larger than what the state would lose…

State slashes oyster restoration acreage goal

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The state of Maryland has decided to reduce the large-scale oyster restoration project goal in the Little Choptank River after boaters ran aground at another sanctuary and some of the man-made reefs there had to be rebuilt.…

Marylanders Grow Oyster program kicks off 10th year

Some 1500 waterfront homeowners throughout Maryland are taking delivery of thousands of oyster spat, young oysters, as part of the “Marylanders Grow Oysters Program” which gives local residents the chance to help re-populate the state’s oyster population.

Oyster sanctuary bill finds support in House of Delegates

The House of Delegates voted 102-39 on Thursday in favor of a bill that would keep intact existing oyster sanctuaries on the Chesapeake Bay.

Perdue Farms Gives $50,000 to Oyster Restoration

From the chicken farm to the Chesapeake Bay, Perdue Farms is offering a helping hand to oyster restoration.

“Flood Bucket” Program Still Adding Oysters a Decade Later

The South River Federation’s “Flood Bucket” program added more oysters to its reef in Harness Creek recently with the help of 50 volunteers. The program has been gardening oysters for more than a decade.

Dining for a Cause: ‘From the Bay, For the Bay’ Benefits Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery

Restaurants in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and D.C.dish up $1 toward oyster recovery for every seafood dish purchased Oct. 6-13.