January 3, 2013

Chesapeake Bay improving?

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation folks just issued their annual report and the headlines proclaim that our bay is improving. But look carefully, all ye doubters. The overall improvement last year was a very modest 1 point. That is a score of 32 on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 representing a pristine Bay, and 70 a goal of a relatively healthy and stable estuary.

32 out of 100 on any teacher's report card is failing. Getting to 70 is gonna be VERY difficult, especially by the target date of 2025. Underwater grasses are not thriving, but the rockfish are. Heavy rains and hurricanes are enemies of the Chesapeake because they wash lots of pollutants into the tributaries.

Governor McDonnell has proposed $217 million for the Bay budget, including more sewage treatment plant improvements. When they overflow, it's a real "yuck" factor.

So all Virginians should wish the Chesapeake a hearty "Godspeed."

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Click here for CBF's "State of the Bay" report.