Check out this NASA satellite image of the Chesapeake Bay taken on Sunday. Notice the big brown stain of chocolate milk spewing from the Susquehanna River, in the far north, and spreading more than 50 miles south, past Annapolis. Similar smudges ooze down the Potomac and James rivers.
It ain't chocolate, Wonka fans.
This is mud, fertilizers, and chemicals flushed by last week's heavy rains off of farm fields, construction sites, parking lots, and roads.
It’s so much pollution you can see it from outer space.
Gouts of oyster-smothering silt churn down the Chesapeake whenever there's a heavy rain. This is one reason the Bay needs stronger stormwater pollution control regulations, which have been proposed in Maryland and Virginia. Unfortunately, as reported in yesterday's Bay Daily, developers and their allies are trying to undermine these new rules.
The developers claim that the rules, which require that gushes of rain water be filtered and slowed down by ponds, ditches, and other systems, will encourage sprawl. This is not true. What the rules will do is discourage spew.
And even the Man on the Moon can see this is a problem.