After all, common sense and lots of science tell us that to restore the Bay itself, we need to restore the hundreds of local creeks and streams that drain into the rivers that empty into the Bay. Or said another way, take care of the small stuff, and the big stuff will take care of itself.
And now comes a study from the James River Association (JRA) in Virginia highlighting this and providing good news for local governments and their budgets.
The study, conducted for JRA by the Center for Watershed Protection, looked at local pollution reduction plans aimed at cleaning up streams in three localities – Lynchburg, James City County, and Richmond. The idea was to determine how much pollution these local plans also would reduce toward cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. In other words, how much would doing the small stuff help in doing the big stuff?
According to the study, a heckava lot.