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A bright green algal bloom resting on top of water

John Surrick

Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone Predicted to Be Slightly Larger Than Average

The dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay responsible for choking underwater life is forecast to be slightly larger than average and began earlier than normal this year, according to a forecast released today by the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program.

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Two gloved hands holding blue crabs on the water

CBF Staff

Reopening Virginia’s Winter Crab Season a Mistake Amid Lackluster Crab Numbers

Despite Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) staff’s advice to keep the winter crabbing season closed, the Blue Crab Management Advisory Committee voted at their May 29 meeting to support opening the winter dredge fishery for the 2024-2025 season.

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A car in flooding on a Richmond street after a rainstorm

Kenny Fletcher/CBF Staff

Aggressive Hurricane Season and Extreme Rainfall on Virginia’s Horizon

As a heat wave hits Virginia this week, twin challenges fueled by climate change could also send the state deadly and damaging weather that increases pollution to waterways, according to two recently released reports.

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