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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, July 24th, 2017 


Here's what's happening: Today's the last day to make your voice heard about four pesticides that could kill bees, a researcher says strong communities focus on seniors, and a group of young people are training this week to help save the planet.

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Clean drinking water in several states is reliant on government funding for  Chesapeake Bay. (Fish and Wildlife Service)

BALTIMORE – Those who love Chesapeake Bay are hopeful this week that despite President Donald Trump's promise to cut funding this year to help protect the bay, lawmakers will refuse to do that. A subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee is expected to include $60 million for the En

Grant money gets communities involved in keeping water flowing into Chesapeake Bay clean. (cbtrust.org)

BALTIMORE – More financial support for on the ground environmental restoration programs is on the way to Maryland counties that surround Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced that grants are available. Jana Davis, the group’s executive director, says the money will g

Opposition is mounting to proposed mega-mergers of chemical companies. (foe.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Nearly 325 organizations have signed a letter pressing new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make sure the Justice Department does its job without political interference when it looks at a proposal to let Dow Chemical and DuPont, Monsanto and Bayer, and Syngenta and ChemC

Stormwater pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is harmful to wildlife. (USGS)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - You can't always see pollution, and many times it comes from places you wouldn't expect. One major type of nitrogen pollution in the Chesapeake Bay continues to grow: untreated stormwater runoff from blacktop roofs and other hardened surfaces. Rain hits these roofs, then falls in

Honeybee colonies in the United States declined dramatically last year, and advocates say that's not sustainable for agriculture in the U.S. (USDA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. beekeepers have reported losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies over the last year, according to an annual report just out. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth, says that's too high to be sustainable for agriculture in this country. She

Reducing pollution benefits fish and wildlife throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Credit: Mary Hollinger, NOAA/commons.wikimedia.org

BALTIMORE - Maryland groups will be receiving part of a record $11.5 million in grants for restoration, conservation and environmental outreach in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The grants, from the Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will help improve water qualit

Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps members planting trees. The corps class of 2016 is being announced today. Photo courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Trust.

EDGEWATER, Md. – It's a tough job, but one so popular it's been expanded every year since 2010. Forty-one young men and woman ages 18 to 25 make up the Chesapeake Bay Conservation Corps class of 2016, being introduced today. The class will spend a year working on projects benefiting the Chesa

PHOTO: Organic farmers are finding few effective weapons for wiping out this year's bumper crop of stink bugs. Photo credit: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/

HARWOOD, Md. - The stink bug invasion is on, and sustainable, pesticide-free growers such as Blue Tomato Farms in southern Maryland are becoming casualties. Owner Shawn Sizer said he had to close his community-supported agriculture operation, which provides food deliveries to subscribing members, i

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