Issues Facing the Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay and most of Maryland’s rivers and streams are contaminated, which is bad for public health and damages our economy. Here are some of the issues we face with the Bay today:
- Our waters remain polluted despite decades of voluntary efforts, in the face of a booming population that has negated many of our accomplishments.
- Our fishing industry has less local seafood to sell, tourists don’t visit contaminated beaches and waterways, and the value of waterfront real estate is threatened.
- Many of our water and sewer pipes are several decades old and are in desperate need of replacement; when they leak or break, polluted water contaminates our waterways and threatens our drinking water.
- Polluted stormwater running off our streets contaminates our rivers and streams and causes costly flooding and erosion problems.
- Every year we pave over more and more of our rural lands, adding more and more pollution.
For the first time, there is real power in the effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay: Maryland and five other Bay watershed states, and Washington, D.C., have a clean water plan that requires real pollution reductions, requires all states (not just Maryland) to participate, relies on proven actions and has both short- and long-term goals/requirements.