January 7, 2015

Chesapeake Bay receives a very lenient grade AGAIN

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation folks are the best hope for restoring the health of this huge estuary. But since when is an index score of 32 out of 100 deemed a D+? No teacher worth their weight could curve scores that much. Nor would parents accept that much leniency.

CBF looks at 13 separate indicators, some of which show improvement (oysters, water clarity, underwater grasses). But the blue crab and rockfish populations decreased and the amount of phosphorus leaching in from our lawns increased. Let's hope we can get our act together and get some newly funded programs going by 2017. Or face lost federal funding.