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.

Va. Rep. Goodlatte Aims to Quash Bay Cleanup

(Posted by Dawn Stoltzfus)

As has been rumored for many months—yesterday Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would undercut the Clean Water Act and essentially quash the multi-state Chesapeake Bay “TMDL” pollution diet cleanup process. This would be devastating, as many Bay scientists and advocates are hopeful that the TMDL and each state’s Watershed Implementation Plans could finally provide a solution to making our waters, and the Bay, fishable and swimmable again. We’ll be watching this closely and, as CBF’s Doug Siglin says, strongly urge all members of Congress to “steer well clear” of this bad legislation.

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One Response to Va. Rep. Goodlatte Aims to Quash Bay Cleanup

  1. Hopeful scientists is not very encouraging. I am a scientist and I am quite confident that the same results can be achieved at a much cheaper cost. The States have rushed through the WIP Process with little stakeholder input (other than comments on already written plans)and have not looked closely enough at the cost per pound reductions achieved through trading and offsets.

    The WIPS are prescriptive and will be expensive.

    We can sequester and/or remove N and P, but we need to look at the system from a scientific standpoint, look at mass balance equations and find the best solutions not just any solution and then we need to make sure it is working.

    We can’t keep spending billions of dollars and hope it will work.