The federal government is falling short of its promises to clean up the Chesapeake Bay by reducing farm and urban runoff pollution, as well as air pollution, according to a new Chesapeake Bay Foundation analysis.
"Restoring local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay will only be achieved when all the partners do their fair share," said Dr. Beth McGee, CBF Senior Water Quality Scientist. "The federal government must step up its oversight and clearly define the actions it will take over the next two years to ensure progress.”
In the area of agricultural pollution, the federal government is not providing enough financial and technical support to encourage farmers to plant strips of trees along streams to filter the runoff of fertilizer and sediment. In 2012, farmers in the Bay region states planted only 2,600 acres of these forest buffers, less than 20 percent of the 14,200 acres per year needed to meet targets in a federal and state Bay cleanup plan called the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.