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I agree the Bay will probably never be cleaner than it is now. I lived in the Annapolis area from 1983 until 2001. Every year the bay got worse, visit every summer since 2001 and every year it is worse. Used to swim in the waters around Annapolis up until 2001, when the water was questionable as to bacteria levels, but looking at the water now there is no way I would swim in it around Annapolis. A lot of people try to clean it up but the road and building development just overwelms any progress (sad really). Think of this, the bay averages what 20 feet? And look at all the strom run off going into that small volume, and the turnover rate for the bay waters- take a plane ride over the bay to get a good perspective of the problem.
One thing I do not understand, why not ban the sale of all lawn fertilizers in the entire Chesapeake drainage area. Fertilizer is not needed by any homeowner to make their lawn look better- it mostly just ends up in the bay contributing to plankton blooms. A few years ago a lawmaker had suggested this, but it was shot down. It all comes down to money- too many people make money off selling things like fertilizer. This would be one simple step that would not only save the bay, but save homeowners money. Then we can move on to the harder steps needed to clean the bay.
Last edited by casey1999; 01-04-2012 at 06:34 PM.