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.

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Some Inconvenient Truths About the Chesapeake Bay

(Posted by Jeanne McCann.)
Settle in, grab some popcorn, put your feet up and prepare to be outraged when you hear what former Maryland State Sen. Gerald Winegrad, architect of the 25-step Chesapeake Bay Action Plan, has to say in this excellent public presentation at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, Maryland, on May 19, 2011. Continue Reading

“Smart Growth” in Maryland–Not So Smart

(Posted by Gerald Winegrad) No matter how one scores it, the Chesapeake Bay is still in trouble. We’ve done the easy things. Now, if we want to restore the bay and save our natural heritage, we must do the most difficult tasks. Among these critical elements are the necessity to limit population growth and related…Continue Reading

Is Immigration Killing the Chesapeake Bay?

Posted by Tom Horton.

Stand back so you don’t get splattered. I’m going to talk about immigration, and I’m going to get right down in the sewer.

Are immigrants really responsible for degrading the Chesapeake Bay? It’s easier and safer, by far, of course, to say it is too much nitrogen, too much phosphorus, too much sediment, too much clearing and paving and filling—all the usual suspects.

All this, of course, is caused by people, and during the last decade, most of those people were immigrants, both legal and illegal, and their children.Continue Reading