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: Can the Chesapeake be saved?

09-26-2010, 12:40 AM
This piece about EPA efforts came out Friday:

09-26-2010, 06:25 AM
About time they start hammering on offenders - moving the deadline to save one of the most important estuarine systems in the world from 2000 to 2010 to 2025 etc has only succeeded in destroying more of it. The states have proven that they are not responsible enough to stop the spread of dead zones from failing to meet pollution controls. This is a perfect case for federal intervention.

09-26-2010, 08:28 AM
Unfortunately, in these times the political will to do what needs to be done will not happen.

Personelly, I got mad as hell and don't by Perdue chicken or WD40 anymore but that like pessin into the wind.

09-26-2010, 03:43 PM
Since we are stuck with the Obama stimulus I would much rather see it used for projects like restoring the Chesapeake than paving roads and highways. In New Hampshire we have the same concerns about the Great Bay and I understand the towns on the cape could use the dough for water treatment plants.


09-27-2010, 05:31 PM
It's odd, but we have Shoreland Zoning Ordinances in Maine that limit development along shoreland. We even have a local farmer who leaves any field that borders a lake, stream, etc as a hay field that he only cuts 2-3 times per year. The world hasn't come to an end and the lakes are actually getting cleaner. Do we really need people on every square foot of land in the Mid-Atlantic? Some massive education programs need to be instituted down there.

09-28-2010, 10:08 AM

Been posted here before but there's some good info on the topic at the above link.

09-28-2010, 11:52 AM

Been posted here before but there's some good info on the topic at the above link.

I had a long telephone conversation with Jim Price, Pres of Anyone who is interested in learning about the impacts of Ches bay and menhaden on stripers should give him a call. He's an interesting and well educated guy and really is passionate about saving the bay.

Related to this topic, has anyone heard about the green mats scientists are experimenting with lately. An intersting but not a new idea that may do a lot to help the Chess. The mats are made of blue and green algea and are placed at the source points of stormwater runnoff. The idea is that the algea will filter out the phosphorus from the water before it reaches the bay to prevent alga blooms in the bay and the resulting dead zones that happen when they die and decompose. They estimate that it would take approx 10K acres of green mat to clean up the bay.

09-28-2010, 03:26 PM
I worry about this - we have historically done nothing but harm by introducing something else to cover up human issues. I can not think of one introduced species that has not had catastrophic circumstances. Plant life is usually less intrusive but not always.

Makes me ask why can't we be responsible inhabitants on this earth and properly treat our waste such that it has no impact in the first place?

BTW - thanks for the contact Gseries69, I admire that you took the initiative to make that call.