Complex problems require complex solutions. A frustrating, yet inescapable truth, this reality is encountered daily in our work to save the Bay and its rivers and streams. With a 64,000 square mile watershed home to 17 million people across six states, getting everyone working together on the same page can often feel like herding cats. Additionally, in tackling most regional issues, the old idiom of "You're only as strong as your weakest link" holds true.
This week the EPA released animal agriculture assessments for three states, finding that while Maryland has made solid progress in reducing polluted runoff from its farms, Delaware and West Virginia are drastically behind. Despite this news, we can find hope in the young voices who are already stepping up as the next generation of environmental stewards. The solutions won't get any easier, but as long as clean water matters, there will be those who fight for it.
This Week in the Watershed: Animal Agriculture, Young Voices, and Sewage Leaks
- Reducing pollution from farms is critical to saving the Bay and our rivers and streams. One Pennsylvania farmer has made major strides in reducing agricultural runoff. (York Dispatch—PA)
- Wrightsville, PA resident Brynn Kelly, 17, has stepped up as a voice for clean water in Pennsylvania. As she has witnessed, and the evidence attests, Pennsylvania has a long way to go to clean its waterways. (York Dispatch—PA)
- In the past year, more than 1.5 million gallons of sewage has leaked into tributaries of the Potomac and Rappahannock River basins. Wastewater treatment infrastructures are an issue in Stafford County and beyond, causing multiple environmental and public health hazards. (Free Lance Star—VA)
- Virgina's Chickahominy River remains largely untouched since the days Captain John Smith explored its banks. Take a trip down this beautiful waterway through this vivid account. (Prop Talk)
- CBF's Clagett Farm is a living example that farming can be done in an environmentally responsible way. How do they do it? (Bay Journal)
- A recent survey found that construction sites around Baltimore aren't meeting requirements to prevent erosion. Environmentalists, including your friends at CBF, are calling for stronger enforcement. (Baltimore Sun—MD)
- Assessments released by the EPA on the state of animal agriculture, found that Delaware and West Virginia are drastically behind, while Maryland has made solid progress. (Daily Times—MD)
- Who doesn't love a crab race? The owners of Berret's Seafood Restaurant in Williamsburg, VA are big fans, hosting their 15th annual crab race Saturday, September 6. What's even better—proceeds from the event benefits CBF! (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily—VA)
What's Happening Around the Watershed?
- A good time is to be had by all at BrewVino in York, PA. Residents can meet neighbors looking to protect local waterways and learn about new opportunities to get involved in ensuring clean water, a healthy community, and a thriving economy for York County. Oh, and there will be good food! Click here to register!
- Norfolk area folks, come on out for a fun-filled, family-friendly event that combines educational engagement and ecological stewardship. RIVER-Fest 2015 will emphasize practices and activities that will sustain and improve the health of the Elizabeth River. To register, please email or call Tanner Council at TCouncil@cbf.org or 757-622-1964.
- The Richmond VoiCeS Course, an eight-week adult education class meeting on Tuesdays, starts September 15! This course will cover the history of the James, urban and rural runoff issues and solutions, practical methods to improve water quality in your backyard, and the critical importance of citizen action to saving the bay. Plus, there are field trips! Contact Blair Blanchette at 804-780-1392 or e-mail BBlanchette@cbf.org to register.
- Help the CBF and partner organizations plant shrubs and wetland grasses at the former Naval Academy dairy farm. This 800-acre farm is the largest organic farm in the State of Maryland. Volunteers will plant a newly graded wetland in what was the old manure pond back when the farm was a dairy. Click here for more information.
—Drew Robinson, CBF's Digital Media Associate