The Potomac Highlands Watershed School 

Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum 2009

 

Points of View & Thoughtful Questions - Recreation and Tourism

 

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RecreationA    Fun in the Bay    Touristas   Kyle's fishing and boat tours

tourism and recreation klan    Tours & Recreation    hank jr fans   HIGH QUALITY (H2O)

 Aqua Teen Hunger Force   "Off the Wall"  Yay Yay Playin' In The Bay  Road Runners 

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Recreation and Tourism

RecreationA                                                                                                      Hampshire H.S.

                                                                                                                               3/13/2009

My group is Recreation & Tourism we are important because we spend a lot of time and money

in the forests, water, and caves. We show people how much fun it can be in these places so they

 will still exist for are grand children, and there grand children. People send a lot of money so

that we can take them out show them thing about the land, water, and caves. In tourism we show

people how caves and tree tall as sky scrapers get how big they are. We take people out on

water and tell them facts about the water and what types of fish are in it.        In Recreation we

keep people active and healthy by taking the hiking, rock claiming, kayaking, and white water

rafting. Our problem is none of these are going to be possible because people are pollution

the water, cutting down the trees, some fisher are over fishing the population of certain types

of fish, farmers are destroying the land  by letting animals, and crops get out of control.          It

could all be fixed by all the groups if they would just take better control of what they do, for

example the farmer could watch there animals and not let their animals palate the water or over

 fertilize their groups.  The Recreation & Tourism would be willing to help in any way to come

to a agreement that would work for everyone if it would help all the groups.

 

 

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  From:   tourism and recreation klan - recreation - JWHS(T)                             Ask

                                                                                                                         3/19/2009

     I like how you are thinking, but how are you specifically planning to take care of all the

     wildlife and their habitats(which are being effected)?

       Response    RecreationA - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      3/23/2009

             if the aquatic life gets over abondent then we will catch more of them. then you all

             com up for a fish fry

 

  From:   The Black Panthers - farmer - JWHS(T)                                               Ask

                                                                                                                         3/20/2009

     How are our crops getting out of control? There is also an invention called a fence that

     keeps our livestock in a controlled space. So I don't see how our animals and crops are out

     of controlled, can you expain this to me?

  From:   Bass Assassians - Waterman - JWHS(T)                                                Statement

                                                                                                                         3/23/2009

     The farmers aren’t destroying the land. The watermen or the fishers aren’t over-fishing the

     population. The watermen make their way of living by catching the fish, and most of the

     fishes are dying because of the polluted stream. You can still enjoy many activities. Although

      the one activity that might be cut short is the fishing. Most fishers anyway wont even fish

     in the pond if its polluted. So you really don’t have to worry about that. If fishers want to

     fish bad enough then they can go to another stream and fish away! The recreation and

     tourism group can also help if they want to continue their activities.

  From:   Bass Assassians - Waterman - JWHS(T)                                                Ask

                                                                                                                         3/23/2009

     I agree with your statement about how tourism can help people see how great the bay can be.

     However, many problems facing the bay are caused due to tourism. The most obvious

     example is tourists who throw trash into the bay rather than a trash can. What can the

     recreational group do to ensure that it is not contributing to the pollution?

       Response    RecreationA - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      3/30/2009

             We could not let the tourists to bring food or drink on the tour. That would solve the

             problem of the tourists tributing to the pollution problem.

 

  From:   Bay Huggers - farmer - JWHS(T)                                                           Ask

                                                                                                                         3/23/2009

     In what ways are you going to get peoples atention to stop all of these problems? People will

     not just do what you say, you need a reason to do all of it.

       Response    RecreationA - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      3/30/2009

             Simply explain what is going on, and all the problems that are accruing. Like how the

             hemlocks trees are all dying of from wooly diligent.

 

  From:   YES! - Youth Environmental Stewards - Other - SCHS                          Ask

                                                                                                                         3/23/2009

     You should consider being involved; not offending people by pointing fingers at whose at

     fault. Instead educate your community about what's occuring in the bay. "You can catch

     more flies with honey than vinegar..."

  From:   tourism and recreation klan - recreation - JWHS(T)                             Statement

                                                                                                                         4/1/2009

     i like what you think..but is this going to effect other people??

  From:   Roy Roy the Water People - Waterman - JWHS(T)                               Ask

                                                                                                                         4/2/2009

     How do you expect to eat? if the watermen just stopped doing their job a lot of the food

     would be gone. its not that we're over fishing, its just we're catching a lot of fish. The fish

     will be fine.

  From:   Charlie's Critters - Other - JWHS(T)                                                    Statement

                                                                                                                         4/2/2009

     These are all important factors contributing to the destruction of your enviornment but all

     of the things listed can easily be controlled.

 

  

 

 

Recreation and Tourism

Fun in the Bay                                                                                         Gonzaga College H.S.

                                                                                                                               3/15/2009

Recreation and tourism is a very important stakeholder in the push for a cleaner Chesapeake POV:

Bay and watershed. Tourism and recreation is a major draw to the bay and allows people to

enjoy nature’s beauty. There are numerous activities that take place in the bay itself, but also

throughout the watershed. There is camping, hiking, caving, fishing, and recreational boating.

These are just a few of the major activities. People travel from all over to come and enjoy the

peace and special experiences at the bay and in its watershed. The fact is if the people who

live within the watershed region fail to properly take care of the land, this recreational haven

will be destroyed. No one will come to visit, or go fishing, or take their family on a

camping/hiking trip at a dirty, unhealthy, ugly bay. The splendor of the bay and its resources

are its main attractions. Through negligence and a failure to act has led to the bay’s decline in

past years. There are simple means that will address these problems. Farmers must begin look

for other more efficient, but cleaner (for the bay) means to protect their crops. There should

also be some kind of limit throughout the watershed that slow or prevent logging in the

watershed, as trees are natural filters. And finally the rest of the responsibility should lie with

the users of the land for recreational and tourism reasons. Simply by pushing a campaign that

encourages cleaning up after oneself, or fishing within the legal limit will allow a healthy

beautiful bay that future generations will be able to enjoy.

 

 

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  From:   RecreationA - recreation - HHS                                                              Ask

                                                                                                                         3/18/2009

     what about the people that camp, hike and boat the land that just throw out there trash

     and leave it there for the people to see and pick it up for them?

 

  From:   The Bay Watchers - CBP_Fed - NHHS                                                   Statement

                                                                                                                         3/19/2009

     I think you are on the right track of trying to get people to clean up after themselves. The

     best way to lead is by example, with signs, trashcans/recycling bins and by issuing a fine to

     anyone who is seen littering.

  From:   The Black Panthers - farmer - JWHS(T)                                               Statement

                                                                                                                         3/20/2009

     The farmers do care trust me. We just don't have the money to improve everything. The

     government isn't giving grants to help build buffer zones on farms. We are't miracle

     workers, but we care bout the bays problems.

  From:   Bay Huggers - farmer - JWHS(T)                                                           Ask

                                                                                                                         3/23/2009

     Its not just about tourist throwing trash on the ground its also about tourist taking boats into

     the bay polluting the river. I think every one can help and is to blame for the bay.

  From:   The Black Panthers - farmer - JWHS(T)                                               Statement

                                                                                                                         3/24/2009

            The bay huggers are right

  From:   Bass Assassians - Waterman - JWHS(T)                                                Statement

                                                                                                                         3/30/2009

     I believe you all have made an excellent plan to begin cleaning up the bay. Recreation is a

     very large part of pollution in the bay from people in lake houses to boaters, and fishermen

     but I think you all have covered all the neccessary bases for your field

  From:   j. bunnies - local_gov - JWHS(T)                                                           Statement

                                                                                                                         4/7/2009

     I feel that you are addressing this area of concern in a great manor. After reading your

     P.O.V. statement I understand that if we continue to destroy the bay the tourism will greatly

     decrease.

 

 

 

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Touristas                                                                                                           Hampshire H.S.

                                                                                                                               3/16/2009

     Tourists are important to the economy because they provide the money to support our society. Tourists are concerned about the Bay’s problems because nobody visiting another town for vacation or sight-seeing wants to look at a dirty Bay. Most tourists like to sight-see by boat, no tourist wants to look at a disgusting riverside. Also, fishing is a top tourist activity and  with pollution in the Bay, it kills the fish, now that fun activity is gone. The Bay’s problem for tourists is the dead and unhealthy environment and everyone wants a clean environment. Solutions to solve this problem promote recycling and refuse to come back until it’s clean. If all  tourists put their foot down maybe this would affect the community’s economy, which in that case may help the environment also.

 

 

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  From:   ScotsIrish Watermen - Waterman - HHS                                               Ask

                                                                                                                         3/18/2009

     I like how you think, but, if you do get tourists to put their foot down and get the bay

     cleaned, what methods will you use to clean it and who shall be paying?

       Response    Touristas - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      3/26/2009

             all the work that is done is vol, and can be used for community service.Donations and

             fundraisers is what will help pay to clean up the bay.   trojans 

 

  From:   tourism and recreation klan - recreation - JWHS(T)                             Ask

                                                                                                                         3/19/2009

     I think you are going in the right direction, but what are you planning to do specifically for

     all the wildlife and their habitats that are damaged but all of the pollution?

       Response    Touristas - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      3/26/2009

             We can make a wildlife sanctuary for all the animals in the way of the cleanup.

             Donations, Grants, and fundraisers will help pay for this.

 

  From:   YES! - Youth Environmental Stewards - Other - SCHS                          Ask

                                                                                                                         3/23/2009

     Its good to think positive and we understand your point of view, but it doesn’t make sense

     when you say tourists are important and then you say they don’t want to see a dirty bay.  It

    seems you are contradicting yourself.

       Response    Touristas - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      3/26/2009

             Explain how we are contridicting ourselves.

 

  From:   The Billy's Homeowners - homeowner - JWHS(F)                                  Ask

                                                                                                                         3/26/2009

     the local economy dosnt get their money from tourists, so where is the tourist money going?

       Response    Touristas - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      4/3/2009

             yes the local economy dose get money form the tourists. All of the small buisnesses

             rely on the tourists for a big part of their income. With no tourists the small

             buisnesses would go out of buisness.

 

  From:   Aquaphobiacs - local_gov - JHS(P)                                                         Statement

                                                                                                                         3/26/2009

     I don't view what YES! said about the statement being contradictory. Touristas just said that

      tourists are important for the economy to prosper. And when the bay is polluted and murky,

     not as many tourists would visit. And I don't think the tourists would really be able to do to

     much in cleaning up the bay. It'd be more of the local gov't and local people groups that

     would have the largest input in cleaning up the bay.

  From:   Catch o' the Bay - CB_Ecosystem - HHS                                               Ask

                                                                                                                         3/26/2009

     What do you plan to do about the pollution created by the boaters and fisherman? These

     activities result in gas and oil pollution so the tourists are also contributing to the

     unattractive problem you describe.

       Response    Touristas - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      4/3/2009

             As much as the tourists are contributing to pollution of the bay, the local economy is

             also.

 

  From:   Yay Yay Playin' In The Bay - recreation - TAHS                                   Statement

                                                                                                                         3/27/2009

     Your POV doesn't provide specific ways on how you're planning on cleaning the bay.  You

     have good thoughts on how other people can help the bay instead of how you plan to help

      the bay.

  From:   Water Warriors - Waterman - TAHS                                                     Statement

                                                                                                                         3/27/2009

     That is good and all but what are you going to do to help clean up the bay.  There are

     plenty of things that you can do yourself to help out so you can get more tourist and

            help out your busines.

  From:   The Rainbow Bunch - developer - JWHS(T)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                         3/30/2009

     What is being done to the bay to fix it for the tourist  I know your cleaning up a little bit at

     a time and wont let anybody back until its clean. But how long and how much money will it

            take until the bay is completely 100% cleaned up.

  From:   County of Talbot - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                Ask

                                                                                                                         3/31/2009

     Tourists are an important part of the towns money. I see that you want a wake up call to

     people by wanting tourists to put down their foot but how would you supply the money that

     you wouldnt be getting from them?

       Response    Touristas - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      4/3/2009

             Well we really did not think that. Now we think that the community should help pay

             for the clean up. If they want that income of the tourists they well do this.

 

  From:   Bayside Bros - CBP_Fed - GCHS                                                              Ask

                                                                                                                         4/2/2009

     Do you really think that allowing the economy to suffer in order to promote a healthier Bay

     ecosystem is worth the possible financial backlash to the entire region?

       Response    Touristas - recreation - HHS

                                                                                                                      4/3/2009

             Well overall, the benefit is to clean up the Bay and as much as it's the tourists fault

             the Bay is dirty it is also the communities fault. They are the ones that sit back and

             watched the bay get dirtier and dirtier, and thats not fair. Also, that community

             contributed to the pollution of the Bay  Until that community saw what it was really

             doing to the ecosystems and the habitats, did they begin to worry. The whole point of

             this project is to think of ways to clean up the Bay because of the pollution, and what

             it is doing to the animals and there habitats. So YES, I do think that this is all worth

             the "financial backlash" to the entire region. Because in the end a clean Bay is a

             benefit for our future. If this wasn't important or "worth" the "financial backlash"

             then we wouldn't be doing this project in the first place.

 

 

 

 

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Kyle's fishing and boat tours                                                                          Riverheads H.S.

                                                                                                                               3/16/2009

     I am the owner of Kyle’s fishing and boat tours and tourism is the main source of my business. I have 6 boats that are available for rent for any buyer, and I run 3 tours every day at 10, 2, and 4. My business is on Lake Anna and it is a part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. North Anna River flows in and out of my lake and it determines directly the cleanliness of my lake. This in turn, determines the happiness of my customers. Lake Anna has thermal pollution due to the nuclear power plant present on the lake. I believe that the hot water should be recycled to make more electricity for the lake houses and surrounding community. The excess heat could be used to turn turbines to provide the electricity; this in turn, will decrease the thermal pollution and bring down the overall temperature of the lake and promote the fish to live healthier lives.

     Right now the lake isn’t in the best shape and tourism has declined because of it. Throughout the past five years the lake has gradually become more and more polluted. I believe that the stipulations for homeowners and farmers should be raised in order to decrease the pollution and increase the health of the lake. If needed, I will promote “Green Wednesday” where there will be no boat tours or no internal combustion engines allowed on the lake for the 24 hour period. I am also able to charge a small fee for those who take their polluting boats out on the lake, and those man-powered boats can get on the water for free.  I believe that everyone needs to do their part to clean up the rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As a recreation and tourism industry, the land needs to stay as natural and as beautiful as possible in order to ensure the likelihood of my business. Virginia as  a whole needs to do their part including recycling.

 

 

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  From:   Roy Roy the Water People - Waterman - JWHS(T)                               Statement

                                                                                                                         3/20/2009

     This is a really good statement. I completely agree with your point of view.

  From:   YES! - Youth Environmental Stewards - Other - SCHS                          Statement

                                                                                                                         3/24/2009

     I think it's great that you're willing to sacrfice business on Wednesdays and by charging a

     fee for those boats who pollute to promote a healthier environment.

  From:   Da ottonos - local_gov - JWHS(T)                                                          Ask

                                                                                                                         3/24/2009

     I feel that this is a very detailed and informative idea. These ideas could really benefit the

     Chesapeake Bay foundation and I hope these plans would be implemented into it.

 

  From:   Bay Huggers - farmer - JWHS(T)                                                           Statement

                                                                                                                         3/30/2009

     I believe you are on the right track, and I respect your motivation as a small business owner.

      You are right about the lake becoming more polluted in the past 5 years and you should

     check more into what effects the plant is having on the lake. The “Green Wednesday” is a

     great idea but you might want to reduce the time to 12 hours or maybe get people off the lake

      earlier. You should try to get no boats to be on the lake from 12 am to 4 am. It would be a

     small step in the right direction. Great work so far and good luck in the future.

  From:   WE CATCH YOUR FOOD!!!!!!!!!!! - Waterman - RvrHS                               Ask

                                                                                                                         4/14/2009

     Kyle, i think you have a very well run business establishment. You have awesome ideas about

     what to do in order to make the lake a better place. If i ever go Lake Anna i would love to go

     to your boat tours and produce some good buisness. I would like to rent a jet ski and a paddle

     boat so i can hook them up and boogie. Doesnt that sound fun to you? If you remember me

     will you make sure i get a discount?

 

 

 

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tourism and recreation klan                                                           James Wood H.S.- Takarsh

                                                                                                                               3/17/2009

     Our group is recreation and tourism. Recreation and tourism are important to the Chesapeake Bay watershed in many ways. As tourism and recreation, we bring in many tourists who want to

view this natural wonder. By bringing in a large number of tourists, we are also providing many

tax dollars for the surrounding area. Without recreation and tourism, the Chesapeake Bay

watershed would suffer tremendously. Without tourism and recreation, we would be short not

only a great amount of tax dollars, but tons of tourists to the Chesapeake Bay watershed area

as well. If it were not for tourism and recreation, we wouldn’t have nearly enough business or

funding for the watershed to be able to sustain it properly. Allowing tourists to come and view

the watershed increases knowledge about the care and needs of this water system. If the

waters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed are not clean, tourists would not view it as such a

beautiful area, and therefore would not come to visit it as often. This is why we need to

increase recycling and other methods of keeping this area clean, so that we are able to

continue to increase knowledge and also receive funding for this area.

 

 

 

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  From:   No Means No!!! :] - developer - HHS                                                      Ask

                                                                                                                         3/19/2009

     I see all the reasons for why you all are important but what are your plans for developing

     these things?

       Response    tourism and recreation klan - recreation - JWHS(T)

                                                                                                                      3/26/2009

             It is all vol. and it could be a sourse of community service. Donations and fundraisers

              are what will be paying to clean up the bay.

 

  From:   No Means No!!! :] - developer - HHS                                                      Ask

                                                                                                                         3/19/2009

     1. Sure having people come and see the bay is important to gaining money to do more in an

     area. But how can you ignore how much you hurt the bay with all your cranes, trucks, and

     workers who pollute the area by not cleaning up after themselves?

     2. Plus its obvious that you dont care about laws at all considering you will cut corners to

     achieve what you want.

     3. How does the help the bay at all?

       Response    tourism and recreation klan - recreation - JWHS(T)

                                                                                                                      3/23/2009

             We never stated that we were going to cut corners or allow cranes, trucks, and other

             equipment to pollute the area. We said that "Allowing tourists to come and view the

             watershed increases knowledge about the care and needs of this water system."

             Meaning that if we allow tourists to come view this area and see the problems that

             need to be addressed they are more likely to help fund projects to help the

            Chesapeake Bay or inform others about this area.

       Response    tourism and recreation klan - recreation - JWHS(T)

                                                                                                                      3/30/2009

             What exactly do you mean by our cranes, trucks, and workers who pollute the bay?

             You are attacking the wrong people, you should be attacking the developers, since the

              cranes, trucks, and workers pertain to them. We just run the attractions and services

              to acomidate and attract customers to the community. And before i forget, if you

             can please site where we said we would "cut corners".

 

 

  From:   Administration of Stream Sweeping - farmer - BHS                              Ask

                                                                                                                         3/23/2009

     This is a really good statement we agree completely. Dont you think al of these fences will

     cost alot of money to install and repair?

 

       Response    tourism and recreation klan - recreation - JWHS(T)

                                                                                                                      4/1/2009

             I think that the fences shouldnt cost a whole lot, but it really shouldnt be too bad with

             all the taxes we bring in for the watershed.

  From:   WE CATCH YOUR FOOD!!!!!!!!!!! - Waterman - RvrHS                               Statement

                                                                                                                         4/3/2009

     You madesome key points on conserving the well bein of the fish an clams and stuff, but

     what about the pollution that goes into the water?

  From:   j. bunnies - local_gov - JWHS(T)                                                           Statement

                                                                                                                         4/7/2009

     I do agree with your point of view but am also a little confused. You tell us how important the

      watershed is and its contributions to the local economy, but there is not enough emphasis

     and explanation on what is or should be done. To make your statement more clearly

     pronounced you should concentrate more on the actions that should be taken to reduce

     pollution.

 

 

 

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Tours & Recreation                                                                                           Hampshire H.S.

                                                                                                                               3/23/2009

Our group is the tourist and recreation people. Our duties are to keep the water clean, along

with the environment. We keep the water clean by treating it, and keeping the land around the

lake clean.  We also make sure there are plenty of trees planted to keep the fish in the water

cool.  To help people down stream we would filter out all chemicals, and waste.  The water and

Wildlife is so important to our group because we need water on this planet to live and to keep

other plants,and animals alive.

 

 

 

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  From:   YES! - Youth Environmental Stewards - Other - SCHS                          Statement

                                                                                                                         3/24/2009

     This is a great idea! Especially that you are filtering the water for you downstream

     residents. Keep up the good work!

 

  From:   The Billy's Homeowners - homeowner - JWHS(F)                                  Statement

                                                                                                                         3/26/2009

     as a tourist its not complete your duty to clean the bay or (lake)so your already doing more

     than most people are doing for the bay, as long as tourist dont litter and pollute the bay their

     doing great!!

  From:   Yay Yay Playin' In The Bay - recreation - TAHS                                   Ask

                                                                                                                         3/27/2009

     You're worried about the fish in the lakes, because of the chemicals and waste, but you

     also said that you treat the lake.  Maybe you could avoid all the chemicals by not treating

      the lake.  Filtering for the waste is a good idea.  How do you plan to pay for it?

 

 

 

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hank jr fans                                                                                                 Luray H.S. - Judd

                                                                                                                               3/23/2009

it is my opinion that recreation is an essential part of small communties. with out it a lot of

people would be out of a job regardless of what people may say or believe. when you think of it

people are really blinded by the fact that if small towns dont have a tourist attractions they

would go under. in our town we have two and there barely hanging on the slow season has ended

for mast which means revenue should pick up but if it doesn't a lot of people are going to be

hurting a lot worse than what they already are.

 

 

 

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  From:   The Weasels ... Forestry Worker- Other - BHS                                   Ask

                                                                                                                         3/30/2009

     How should people help clean the bay with recreational activities?  Maybe you should

     encourage them to make sure they pick up after themselves when they go hiking.

  From:   Flower Children - Other - BHS                                                               Ask

                                                                                                                         3/30/2009

     Just out of curiosity, what relavence does your statement regarding small-town tourism have

     towards the preservation of the Bay?

  From:   The Rainbow Bunch - developer - JWHS(T)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                         4/7/2009

     You present some valid points, but what can tourists do to help keep the Bay clean. Many

     tourists come and are ignorant to the importance of keeping the Bay clean. Perhaps by

     educating them they could be more aware.

 

 

 

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HIGH QUALITY (H2O)                                                                         Jefferson H.S.-Picard

                                                                                                                               3/26/2009

    As the High Quality (H2O) Rec and Tourism Committee, we are very concerned about our

Chesapeake Bay tourists and recreational activities. The Bay is extremely polluted! There are

numerous amounts of nutrients that are effecting the pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. These

would be point and non-point pollution. It is beginning to harm the tourist and the fish in the

Bay. It’s also making it so the tourists don’t want to come for our recreational activities. No

one wants to come and swim in the Bay or fish or visit the ducks that live in the Bay. There are

a few things we could do to help this, things that the community and tourist can help us with.

    There are many causes for water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay estuary, but two general

categories are direct and indirect contaminant sources. Direct sources include runoff outfalls

from factories, refineries, and waste treatment plants. The plants emit fluids of varying

quality directly into urban water supplies. In the United States these practices are regulated,

although this does not mean that pollutants can not be found in these waters. Indirect sources

include contaminants that enter the water supply from soil and groundwater systems. Another

factor is from the atmosphere coming from rain water. Soil and groundwater in the

Chesapeake Bay contain the residue of human agricultural practices such as fertilizers and

pesticides, which improperly disposed of industrial wastes. Atmospheric contaminants are also

resulting from human practices like such as gaseous emissions from automobiles, factories and

even bakeries.

    Everyday household activities are a major contributor to polluted runoff, which is among the

 most serious sources of water pollution. When it rains, fertilizer from lawns, oil from

driveways, paint walls and decks are all washed into storm sewers or nearby lakes, rivers and

streams -- the same lakes, rivers and streams we rely on for drinking, bathing, swimming and

fishing.  Three places that can help reduce pollution are in your home, in your yard, and also in

your community.  Also, when maintaining your car, such as changing the oil.  But, in your

household is a great place to start.  You can do this by correctly disposing of hazardous

household products, use nontoxic household products whenever possible, recycle and dispose of

 all trash properly and conserve water.  In your yard you can, use natural fertilizer, avoid over-

watering lawns and gardens and maintain septic systems properly.  Two things you can do in

your community are help stop polluters by identifying and reporting them and being an activist.

 When maintaining your cars, recycle used motor oil and be conservative when washing your

car, be “green”.  All of these solutions can help reduce the problem of water pollution.

    There are many things that are polluting the Chesapeake Bay. There is direct and indirect

contaminant sources that are polluting the Chesapeake Bay There are also many things we can

do to help clean it up.  We are trying our best to make it so people and animals will return to the

 Bay. Once the Bay is cleaner, more people will come and visit. If what we do helps the Bay, we

can make it better for future generations.

 

 

 

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force                                                                       Jefferson H.S.-Picard

                                                                                                                               3/26/2009

We are the Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a Jet Ski rental company that specializes in customer

satisfaction. We like our customers to be in a safe, clean environment. Water quality is one of

the most important thing tourists look at when renting a jet ski. If the water doesn’t look

sanitary people wouldn’t want to swim or ride Jet Ski’s in the water. The bay is important

because it is the main attraction for which tourists come to have fun. Without a clean bay no

one would want to rent a Jet Ski and we would eventually go out of business from a lack of

tourists so cleaning up the bay is a main priority in our long term goal of having a profitable

business.

We would like the producers of sediment and nutrient pollution to reduce the amount of non-

point pollution they produce and release into the environment. This includes sewage, exotic

contaminants, algae, nitrogen, and phosphate.  We want farmers to reduce the amount of

fertilizer they use that travel through streams and rivers into the bay. In a way, our tourist

contribute to sediment and nutrient pollution, the tourists don’t have an actual bathroom to use

in the proximity so sometimes people tend to infest the water with their feces thus contributing

 to nutrient pollution.

We want farmers and home owners to reduce the amount of fertilizer they use that travels

through streams and rivers into the bay. Another solution would be to place gabion baskets next

 to rivers where the soil is starting to erode, to prevent erosion and a flow of more sediment

downhill; gabion baskets are baskets full of rocks that prevent the erosion of vehicle access to

our parking area on the side of the bay.

 

 

 

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  From:   Roy Roy the Water People - Waterman - JWHS(T)                               Statement

                                                                                                                         3/31/2009

     I agree with your statement. It sounds like a good plan.

  From:   Flower Children - Other - BHS                                                               Ask

                                                                                                                         3/31/2009

     I understand how your company could go out of business if the Bay continues to

     deteriorate. You also present some good points and solutions to the problems. However,

     what will you do personally -as a rental company- to counter pollution?

  From:   Captain Planet. He's Our Hero. - farmer - GCHS                                  Statement

                                                                                                                         4/1/2009

     Perhaps you should take a minute or two to think about what you are asking us, the farmers,

     to do.  Without our business, people die.  Without tourists, only certain commercial aspects

     are hurt.  Which do you consider to be the greater issue?

 

 

 

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"Off the Wall"                                                                            James Wood H.S.- McDonald

                                                                                                                               3/26/2009

It is well-known that the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed are not currently in the best shape

that it has ever been in.  This is affecting a vast variety of stakeholder groups in their attempt

to effectively contribute to society. All these groups affect the bay and its watershed in their

own individual way creating a wide spectrum of issues that need to be addressed. Groups such

as farmers, homeowners, developers, etc. are all important contributors to the bay and

watershed. Their views should be taken into consideration with respect to our stake holder

group, recreation and tourism.

Recreation and tourism are important aspects to bay and watershed. They allow people to enjoy

all the various activities the bay and watershed have to offer. Activities such as hiking, nature

 viewing, biking, etc. are all healthy ways for people to enjoy themselves in the environment.

However, these activities inevitably cause wear and tear on the environment. This can be

easily controlled with effective plans and adequate funding. The funding for these plans can

come from multiple sources ranging from the different levels of government to public

donations and also business sponsorships. All plans that benefit our group as well as plans

implicated by other groups should not be solely designed only to benefit their individual group,

but should instead take everyone’s viewpoints into consideration allowing for more effective

plans that cross over stake holder group boundaries bettering the bay and watershed as a whole.

 We do not have a specific plan in place as of now due to the fact we want to take all groups

views and opinions into consideration, helping us to create plans that not only make it easier

for us to follow through with, but also benefit all groups equally. By doing this it would stop

conflict among groups and allow for everyone to interact as a whole as apposed to individuals. 

With this stated we ask that everyone works together to benefit not only or group of

recreation and tourism, but also take everyone’s opinions into consideration and create a

respectable solution that benefits us all.

 

 

 

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Yay Yay Playin' In The Bay                                                                        Turner-Ashby H.S.

                                                                                                                               3/27/2009

      Recreation and tourism brings people to the bay and without us the only people that POV:

lived there would know about it.  Our job is to attract people to the bay and provide them

with fun entertainment that also helps support the bay.  If it is dirty people would rather

go somewhere else and not want to boat, fish, camp, hike, and other fun activities. 

      We would try to help clean the bay by offering ways people can still have fun while

cleaning the bay at the same time.  Beachcombing is an activity where you normally pick up

shells and stuff along the beach, but we could have it where people could pick up trash

while having fun on the beach.  We could have clean-up crews that go on tours as

concerned people that want to clean-up the bay and give them the experience on how just

one person can make a difference on improving the Chesapeake Bay.

      We would be willing to accommodate campers and campsites with greener more eco-

friendly facilities.  More trash and recycling areas will be provided to help maintain a

healthy environment. 

      The bay is huge for the entire watershed because 90 million tons of imports and

exports go into and out of the Chesapeake Bay.  There are 15 million people as well as

3,600 species of plants and animals.  It is a large place for fishing, boating, hiking, camping,

 beachcombing, and sailing.  Having so many recreational activities that attract people to

the bay to help would benefit us greatly too.

      Since the Chesapeake Bay is our main source of water, we can prevent pollution in all of

 the streams and rivers that flow into it.   If everyone comes together and pitches in then

the bay will be restored to its beautiful self.

 

 

 

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  From:   j. bunnies - local_gov - JWHS(T)                                                           Statement

                                                                                                                         4/7/2009

     I like your way of thinking. You have done a great job of explaining your plan and how your

     actions will affect the watershed. The idea of putting tourists to work without them knowing

     and still concentrating on them having fun.

 

 

 

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Road Runners                                                                                                         Calvert H.S.

                                                                                                                               4/14/2009

We are the recreation and tourism group, and we help stimulate the economy for our POV:

surrounding areas. We stimulate the economy of such areas such as the Chesapeake Bay. 

By using the bay as a tourist attraction we earn money for the bay and use it to help

stimulate the flow of money for research and clean up for the bay.  If the bay becomes

more polluted, then the bay will lose its natural pristine look and will create a decrease of

tourism. A decrease in tourism will affect the surrounding area’s economies by pushing

them into a recession. With the money that we earn some goes to clean up of the bay, such

as filtering the bay for waste instead of putting chemicals into it. Another solution would be

 to restrict tourists from going into the fragile parts of the bay. This way we can assure

that natural environmental factors cannot be altered by man. Another solution would be to

put tree buffers to reduce erosion and sediment to keep out the nutrients from the land

which would decrease the pollution. The solutions would affect our group personally

because the status of the bay affects our careers because the cleaner the bay is the more

 tourism it will receive. The tree buffers would cost money but would be worth it in the

long run when the bay becomes even cleaner then it is today. Our group is probably one of

the most willing to try to help the bay because our jobs dependent on the bay to stay in a

pristine condition. If we are able to clean the bay then its beauty will create even more

tourism and further help the areas ecnonomy and our own.

 

 

 

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