Groups seek federal role in Chesapeake cleanup

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Dozens of environmental groups are joining together to push for stronger federal efforts to clean up the waterways that drain into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.

“For years, the Clean Water Act has offered the promise of cleaning up our waters,” Jan Jarrett, executive director of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, said in a statement announcing the formation of the Choose Clean Water Campaign. “We need to move from promises to results for the more than 900 rivers, streams and creeks that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.”

The group includes American Rivers, Ducks Unlimited and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as regional and local organizations such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and 1000 Friends of Maryland. It plans to focus on reducing all sources of pollution degrading the Chesapeake, as well as changes in federal transportation policy to reduce environmental harm from highway construction, and for national legislation to address climate change, the newspaper reports.

Last week’s announcement came a week after President Obama signed an executive order calling for a greater federal role in the Bay restoration effort.

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One comment on “Groups seek federal role in Chesapeake cleanup

  1. David Flagler

    A study by the NC Division of Water Quality reveled that boat yards and marinas typically discharge wastewater that is 69,000 times above the EPA discharge limit.
     For decades, boat yards and marinas have pressure washed boat bottoms to remove marine growth and to remove old bottom paint as part of routine boat maintenance.
    Boats are painted with biocides commonly known as anti-fouling paints.
    Anti-fouling paints contain heavy metals. These heavy metals have a serious negative impact on marine life. Oysters, clams and algae bio-accumulate copper to their own demise. Reproduction and thus harvesting yields are negatively impacted.
    The negative effect on the overall environment bio-magnifies. For example, oysters improve water quality as they filter the water for their food. An adult oyster can filter as much as 60 gallons of water a day. Whole bays have been cleaned by seeding oysters in lifeless waters. When heavy metals accumulate in mollusks and their filtration system is impaired, water quality diminishes because the mollusks become inefficient in filtering the water. In addition, because mollusks are primary producers on the food chain, heavy metals concentrate as they move up the food chain to other species.

    Algae and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) are also primary producers. Heavy metals concentrate in the algae, waterfowl eat algae and on up the food chain

    I have been working for years with marinas to solve this problem  and
    would be glad to share my experience.

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