News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, July 18 to 24

Sunday | 18

Bay Cleanup Progress Overstated

Regular reports the Chesapeake Bay Program has issued since the mid-1980s on the flow of major pollutants into North America's largest estuary have significantly overstated environmental achieve-ments, scientists and program officials said. The estimates of a 40 percent pollution reduction since 1985 were based on a computer model that program officials now say was distorted by overly generous assumptions. U.S. Geological Survey data from water samples taken from the mid-1980s through last year indicate that observed concentrations of the two targeted pollutants, nitrogen and phosphorus, showed no decline in most of the major rivers spilling into the bay.

Sunday | 18

Calvert Man Drowns in Patuxent

Mark Glenn Stinnette, 43, of Huntingtown drowned in the Patuxent River when he entered the water backward from a dock at Sandgates in St. Mary's County.

Sunday | 18

Camp Unites Can-Do Children

At Kamp A-Kom-Plish near Nanjemoy in Charles County, there is very little that any of the campers will admit they can't do. It is one of fewer than a dozen summer camps in the Washington area that brings children with and without disabilities together.

Tuesday | 20

St. Mary's Strives to Keep Base

Business and political leaders in St. Mary's County are doing everything they can to sweep aside anything in the community surrounding the Patuxent River Naval Air Station that might become a concern to Navy and Pentagon officials who will decide next year what military bases should close across the nation. The local actions have included an agreement to demolish the Lexington Manor neighborhood under the base's flight space, road improvements and plans for a new school. If the air station shrank or closed, in the words of one elected official, "it would be a devastating blow."

Friday | 23

Bay Oxygen Levels Disputed

The volume of oxygen-depleted water in the Chesapeake Bay, a key indicator of bay health, has shown no significant improvement since the inception of bay cleanup efforts in the mid-1980s, according to research by two University of Maryland scientists. That conclusion runs counter to reports by the Chesapeake Bay Program, the agency leading the restoration work, which has said there has been "an improving trend since 1985."