|The restoration of our Chesapeake Bay, one of the largest estuaries in the
world, our national jewel, after $6 billion and 25 years of clean up efforts , is
still in a dismal state. The two longterm deadlines have both failed. The first in
2000 and the second in 2010 has been declared a failure by the local and
even,the federal government. President Obama has now issued an executive
order to restore our bay.So, why the failure?
The voluntary collaborative effort for the past 25 years has to be replaced with
strong political will and mandated regulatory enforcement. Environmental
bureaucracy must be replaced with enforceable laws. We know the problems.
Agricultural runoff is pumping phosphorous and nitrogen into our bay, creating
oxygen depleted algae blooms and dead zones. This is destroying our oysters
and crab population, along with the sustainability of our beloved watermen.
The development along the watershed is also creating polluted runoff. Virginia,
Maryland, Pennsylvania,Delaware, West Virginia and New York must work
cooperatively and set obtainable short term mandated goals.
We know the cause, we know the cure. The question is, do we have the will?
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Tom Pelton did a powerful pdf.
Saving a National Treasure report
**Chesapeake Bay Conference
Our Bay, Our Food Production, Our Responsibility
We will be holding a series/Future dates will be posted
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|The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Federal Strategy
New Federal Strategy for Chesapeake Launches Major Initiatives and Holds
Government Accountable for Progress
Click Here to read it, and watch videos
|Ahead of EPA Release of Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategy, Leading National,
Regional Groups Map Out Needed Minimum Steps
Letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson from 40 Groups Anticipates Content of EPA Plan
Due Wednesday; Emphasis Placed on Meeting December Deadline for Bay Pollution Load Rule.
Click Here to read
|PBS Frontline "Poisoned Waters" Video
Click here to view the video
Investigating the dangerous new wave of pollutants entering our waterways and drinking water - and