Menhaden assessment: To fish, or not to fish
The small, inedible menhaden fish that is one of the economic backbones for Reedville's prosperity is not overfished, according to an industry report released last week. But the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) claims the same report can be viewed as evidence that the fish population is in danger.
posted 05.12.2010EPA reaches agreement in Bay pollution lawsuit
According to the agreement, by December 31, 2010 EPA will establish the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (total maximum daily load), a tool of the federal Clean Water Act, which sets a strict “pollution diet” to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
posted 05.11.2010Richwine elected mayor of Urbanna
Urbanna voters chose Don Richwine as mayor on Tuesday by a 2 to 1 margin. Richwine got 143 votes (66%) while opponent Janet Smith received 71 votes (33%). Both are currently serving on town council and that term ends June 30.
posted 05.05.2010Board votes 3-2 for 22% tax hike
By a 3-2 vote on Tuesday, the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors approved an 8-cent real estate tax hike for the calendar year 2010. The new tax rate of 43 cents per $100 of value amounts to a 22.8% increase over the current 35-cent rate. The tax on a house valued at $200,000 will increase by $160 under the new 43-cent rate.