After decades of effort, the voluntary, collaborative approach to restoring the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay— the largest estuary in the United States—has not worked and, in fact, is failing. A diverse group of 57 senior scientists and policymakers have joined forces to save the Bay. This is our plan.

Some Inconvenient Truths About Restoring the Bay

(Posted by Gerald Winegrad)

Please join me, Friday, Nov. 19, 3:00 p.m. in Room 1140 of the Plant Sciences Building at the University of Maryland, College Park for a presentation on the status of Chesapeake Bay restoration and what needs to be done. The states have repeatedly failed to meet agreed upon pollution reductions and the EPA has set a pollution diet (TMDL) that requires states to reduce pollutants or face federal sanctions for the first time. Efforts to achieve Bay restoration are still lagging as 90 percent of the Bay’s waters fail to meet Clean Water Act requirements and therefore, the states are in violation of the Clean Water Act.

I’ll be making the case for the immediate implementation of the 25 critical measures developed by our group of senior Bay scientists and policymakers which have been presented to bay state governors and federal agencies for action. The measures call for a significant increase in efforts to clean the Bay but the question remains: Does the political will exist to implement them? The jury is out.

Controlling agricultural pollution is high on the list as such pollution from farms is the #1 source of Bay-choking nutrients and sediment. Also addressed are the necessities of better managing human population growth, sprawl, development and the loss of forest land. I will also present startling data on the failure to meet water quality requirements and the consequences on human health and the Bay’s living resources. I’ll also discuss the increasing problems of storm-water runoff from developed areas and the need to address these in order to restore the Bay, including much better design practices and retrofit measures.

Come hear this up-to-date presentation and discuss efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and learn what needs to be done to restore our natural heritage.

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