November 3, 2013

Millions to clean up the Chesapeake Bay

The good news of the past week for Chesapeake Bay fans was the announcement of about $9.2 million in federal grants to clean up the 64,000 square miles of this once pristine estuary. Virginia will get only $1.8 million of that, but those dollars could go a long way in reducing the runoff from farms and re-establishing oyster beds.

The folks at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission also announced that they will crack down on oyster poachers who have blatantly been reaping a good harvest of oysters in recent years. Oysters alone could clean up the bay if they were allowed to return to their historic highs. I won't live long enough to see clear water in our tributaries but I hope that future generations might.