They say all politics is local, and so it is with pollution. If we can all pitch in and clean up the hundreds of small, local creeks and rivers that feed into the Bay, we’ll not only boost local water quality, local fishing and swimming, local business, and local quality of life, but at the end of the day (and at end of the river) we’ll wind up with a clean Chesapeake Bay as well.
Now that Virginia and the other Bay drainage states have created state cleanup plans for restoring the Bay, the challenge now falls to local governments, local businesses, neighborhood farmers, and individual homeowners. Since we all live somewhere “local,” we all have to figure out the most efficient, cost-effective ways to reduce pollution going into our backyard waterways.
Most people care deeply about such local places – their special fishing spot, favorite swimming hole, scenic paddling stretch, or just a place to go with the kids to hike, wade, and enjoy the outdoors.