The governors of Chesapeake Bay region states and other top officials are meeting in Washington D.C. tomorrow (Dec. 12) to discuss the state of the nation’s largest estuary. Here are some facts they should read as a wake-up call:
Seventy-one percent of the Bay and its tributaries are failing water quality standards, according to a report issued by the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program last week. Fewer than half (45 percent) of the 467 sewage treatment plants in the region have permits that meet water quality standards to protect the Bay, according to the report, called Bay Barometer. Seventy-four percent of the tidal waterways examined by researchers are contaminated with chemical pollutants.
“This report is a sobering reminder that although we have made progress in reducing pollution, we still have a long way to go to restore local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Senior Water Quality Scientist Beth McGee.