September 30, 2008

Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Faltering

The polluted Chesapeake Bay is struggling to hold its own, despite 25 years of cleanup efforts, The Baltimore Sun said.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science said the water quality of Maryland rivers and Chesapeake Bay has worsened over the past two decades, despite the cleanup campaign.

Scientists and advocates said the state must do more to reduce chemical runoff from farms and increase limits on suburban sprawl that is devouring forests, meadows and wetlands that can filter out pollutants before they reach the bay.

"We are the problem. All of us are the problem," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley told the newspaper. "We all agree conceptually that we shouldn't build on farmlands, woodlands and wetlands. (But) once the development's there and it's our kid that's going through the third grade, we want to be sure there's a new school there."