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Monday, June 15, 2015

Chesapeake Bay recovery update: Good news, bad news

The good news is Maryland appears to be mostly on track with its goals to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

The bad news is the state is lagging behind in reducing nitrogen in The Bay and “still has a long way to go,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (See the full report below)

An over-abundance of nitrogen causes excessive algae to grow, which blocks out the sun and prevents plants from growing in the water.

“In fact, excessive nitrogen flushed into the Bay by polluted runoff has actually increased by four percent in Maryland since 2009, according to the EPA's data,” according to a release from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.



Anonymous said...

lets take some water quality samples from back river before we talk about farm runoff, or is that subject off the discussion table?

Anonymous said...

Its not about the water quality but the tax money they can line there pockets witht.

Anonymous said...

Chesapeake Bay Foundation - just another scam organization lining the pocket of its officers with the money of the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Most nitrogen comes from waste water treatment plants. But, since the flow is so high, they can't fully comply and get rid of it, the EPA allows them to proceed, as they are a Municipality, and the sewage flow just plain can't be stopped.

So, we just blame the farmer, who can't prove a negative. That fits our agenda, and keeps those "Save the Bay" dollars rolling in! Who cares about a few random farmers, anyway? It's the municipalities that bring in the money to us!

USMCRetired said...

The beautiful natural resources of Maryland that identifies this state continues to be destroyed. Maryland is known for it's seafood (crabs) and the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland leadership along with the citizens of Maryland have done very little to properly maintain the watershed of Maryland. Their have always been laws on the books concerning pollution and run-off into the bay, but are not inforced. Then we look at our own area (Salisbury). Jim Irelton stated that we would once again swim in Salisbury:NOT A CHANCE IN HELL! As a boy I remember swimming at Shumaker pond, Johnson Lake (Irelton neighborhood), Leonard Mill Pond, and even the City Park. It is sad and it makes me angry especially during the hot summer days how we have destroyed our local water assets. Unfortunately my grandchildren or myself will never again swim the local waters of Salisbury. I pray the state of Maryland and its leadership finds the "balls" to fix what that broke.

Anonymous said...

every household in the state pays through the nose, quarterly, to fix this! EVERY HOUSEHOLD!!! so fix it!

Anonymous said...

9:54 They NEED MORE! That's all this crap is about, more money coming into local government, from state or feds... they pushed down to the corrupt non profits.