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« on: April 05, 2008, 03:27:00 PM »

VaBayBlues derives from Howard R. Ernst’s book “Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay” (Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 0-7425-2351-9, 203pp). Previous books such as “Turning the Tide” by Tom Horton, address the question “Why is water quality in Chesapeake Bay so bad?” Ernst addresses the question “Why hasn’t water quality in Chesapeake Bay improved?” This web site documents my education about this issue and my correspondence with State and Federal officials. I concentrate on the single major source of pollution of Chesapeake Bay and local waterways, namely agricultural practices. A comment on the second largest source of pollution, from point sources, is useful. I have purposely avoided complicating scientific issues. Sadly, there are many scientists who make their living obfuscating, studying minutia and claiming importance for their findings, and/or conducting research only because funding is available to do so, a purposeful strategy manipulated by government and industry. Few people are willing to wade through the verbiage, just as few people wade through all the verbiage generated by government agencies, which is also purposeful on the part of government.

It is the duty of independent scientists to “say it like it is” in simple and uncomplicated, yet accurate, language. Too few knowledgeable senior scientists take the time to do this, and so misinformation and overly complicated diatribes distort, muddy and anesthetize the public perception. Legitimate scientific disagreements, the driving force behind the advancement of knowledge, are magnified by special interests and spoon-fed to politicians and the public in order to avoid action under the guise of uncertainty.

This web site concentrates on “bottom line” issues involving the Chesapeake Bay watershed, especially the Coastal Plain, and specifically Northumberland County, Virginia. The opinions expressed are my own. Web sites referenced may no longer be posted.

Many societal problems, like poor water quality in Chesapeake Bay, are well characterized and the solutions are equally clear. Knowledge is bottomless, and scientists can study anything forever. But a point is commonly reached when we know enough to reach a conclusion and act. This is the case with water quality in Chesapeake Bay. Agriculture is the largest polluter of Chesapeake Bay and until significant improvements take place in agricultural fertilization efficiency there will be no significant permanent improvement in water quality in Chesapeake Bay. Period. Until the voices of the voters themselves, and not just their surrogates like CBF or the Sierra Club, rise above the pressure exerted on politicians by special interests, government will not address societal problems meaningfully. (www.bluecrabproject.org)


The sources of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution documented by the Virginia Tributaries Strategies for the Eastern Shore in 2002 are typical of pollution from rural (not urbanized) areas throughout the watershed.

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