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Monstars                                                                                                    Gonzaga College HS

                                                                                                                                3/18/2010

The Monstars-

  We, the Monstars, represent the vast and varied bay ecosystem that exists in the

Chesapeake Bay watershed.  As the various species of flora and fauna living in the bay

watershed (there are over 3,600 species of plants and animals in the watershed) we are

extremely concerned with the status of the Chesapeake Bay.

We realize that it is our natural lot to be fished by humans (not to say that we�re thrilled

by it).  But if the current practices continue, there will be none of us left to grace you

dinner tables.  Imagine a world in which the Bay is so polluted that the multitude of life

that once populated it is reduced to a handful of species.  There will be no fish to fish, no

crabs to crab, and no clams to clam.

In addition to the direct cost to humans, consider the state of the Bay without animals or

plants.  The trees living along the banks of the bay would die as a result of the lack of

nutriment; this would lead to severe erosion along the banks.  Soon after, human houses will

 begin to fall into the Bay.  The human race will be reduced to a quivering, starving,

homeless mass as the ocean conquers you all.

The most complete and obvious solution is for all of the humans to leave the Bay

watershed.  This will reduce pollution and, after a significant number of years, the Bay will

return to its pre-human glory.  Barring this option, the next best solution is for humans to

invest in reforestation projects and other natural solutions.  This will not only serve to

naturally clean the water of the Bay and prevent floods and erosion, but it will also boost

the flagging populations of some Bay critters. The final solution is to regulate point source

pollution much more rigidly, ensuring that no harmful pollutants are released into the Bay.

                                                            Signed-

                                                            The Monstars

 

 

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    From:   Biology Honors Students - Other - MslmnHS                                          Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       Though you prove your point, you should think of some ways to prevent/reduce point

       source pollution...

    From:   LFD Firefighters - recreation - LHS(J)                                                  Ask

                                                                                                                        4/19/2010

       Remember, random inspections are done in most plants now.  Secondly, anytime a plant is

       fined, that fine is passed along to consumers who will buy the final product.  Third, I think

        you currently live in the bay watershed.  Are you willing to move into another area to save

        the bay?  What impact will you have in the new location?  All streams and rivers are part

       of a watershed somewhere.  Moving people out of the Chesapeake Bay watershed will no

       doubt impact another ecosystem.

 

The Moderator wonders if the Monstars thinks the main problem is point sources pouring toxic chemicals into the water, or is it point and non point sources pouring fertilizer and dirt into the Bay? 

        Response        Monstars - CB_Ecosystem - GCHS

                             To:  All commenters

                                                                                                                        4/15/2010

              The Monstars would like to begin by thanking all those who have spoken in support

               of our ideas.  Next, we would like to criticize, ridicule, and diminish our

              opponents.  In terms of reducing point-source pollution, for every day that

              corporations continue to pour toxic chemicals into our bay, we will consider

              ourselves under attack.  A great many large fish are prepared to force

              themselves into pipes pouring toxins into the bay.  This will plug the pipes and

              eventually destroy your factories and industrial equipment.  We shall continue this

               practice until our demands are met.

             

              In all seriousness however, the problem of point-source pollution is easily solved. 

              The easiest way to do so is to conduct random inspections of industrial complexes

               in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Any violators of current point-source

              pollution regulations would be severely fined and the head of the corporation

              would be forced to sit in a jacuzzi filled with the toxic waste a time of at least

              (but not limited to) 12 hours.  The fine at least is a realistic possibility. Once

              regulations have been enforced, the government must begin the task of

              strengthening the laws; allowing for fewer and fewer pollutants to be washed

              into the bay.

             

              Finally, the Monstars would like to rebuke the haters who say that the Bay would

              not be better off without humans.  Since the arrival of human beings, Bay safety

              and cleanliness has dropped significantly.  We do not need you, but you certainly

              need us.

    From:   The Feds - Other - EHHS                                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       I agree with most of the points you bring up in your discussion. You bring a very good

       point to the table. Understand one point though, some things are a little harder to prevent,

       but i get the issue.

    From:   Ultimate Anglers - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                              Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I agree with the Trojan Tourists. I understand that your reforestation idea is a great thing

       to do, and would be simple to accomplish; however, your idea of eliminating point source

       pollution - how do you propose that is gone about?

    From:   James Wood Tree Huggers - Other - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       i agree with what you say if the water is really polluted then there will be no fish and big

       shortage of animals. how could we regulate point source pollution.

 

    From:   Trojan Tourists - recreation - HHS                                                        Ask

                                                                                                                           4/7/2010

       I think that your reforestoration solution was a very good idea, but your final solution -

       regulating point source pollution, how could we do that

 

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       All of your information is well written and planned out. However, I don't think the

       obvious solution is for humans to leave the bay alone.

    From:   Troop Big-Horn - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                  Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Very good points! Except the whole over exaggeration on the “whole human race will be

       reduced to a quivering, starving, homeless mass as the ocean conquers you all.” But other

        than that some very good stuff was brought up.

 

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       This was very well written, both informational and humorous. All the solutions were on

       point and thoughtful (Especially the first one!) and realistic (except the first one). I like

       how you show the importance of natural life in the bay and that humans are the cause of

        their deterioration.

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       Yes I do agree. If the the species are reduce that much then we wont be able to get fed

        or our pets and animals wont get fed either. I do agree that if we don’t fix this problem

        that it will increase to a worse problem.

    From:   FC Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                   Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I like how you made it straight to the point and used the basics of our future, saying

       that the race will die out if theres no fish to fish. though, there are other things to feast

        on besides fish.

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I disagree with the statement that the elimnation of humans in the bay is the most

       complete and obvious solution. I also disagree with your idea that the state of the bay

       will result in the depletion of the human race. However, your final solutions are good.

       Keeping harmful pollutants out of the bay will benefit the ecosystem as well as humans

       like us fisherman.

    From:   Emperor's of the Land - farmer - JWHS(F)                                          Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I like the fact that you said with out the animals and plants the people would be

       homeless, starving. It makes a good point that the people rely on the bay for many

       things. I did like almost all of your solutions but one, for people to leave the bay area

       because people fish and hunted there so some animals do not over populated.  Overall,

       people do need to take care of the bay.

 

 

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The Phat Phunky Underwater Party                                                              Harrisonburg HS

                                                                                                                               3/25/2010

There is already a great will to get things done- after all, nobody wakes up in the morning

thinking “I want to hurt the environment today.”  People need to be educated about what is

happening, why it affects us so much, and how they can help. Local broadcasters could do

free or cheap advertising for us. Establishing a feeling of ownership of us in the river

would also help. When people own something, they automatically take better care of it.

Unfotunately. Due to the nature of humans, a person 100 miles away is unlikely to feel this

way about us. Perhaps they’d be more likely to help if they were made aware of the people

 they affect who make their livelihood off of the Chesapeake Bay.  We also believe that an

“Adopt the Chesapeake Bay” Program. People adopt Penguins, elephants and even roads all

the time. Why not adopt a whole, moving river?!

   We cannot always rely on voluntary help-especially if the citizens live in a city. A City is

so crowed and cramped that by the end of the day (and even before they step out the

door) they are fed up and moody. No-one wants to help when they feel like that. Humans

could always enforce community service in school for graduation and for offenders.

Shoplifting? Give them we-don’t-know how many hours of cleanup. Littered? Give them

even more hours! Exercise and outdoors makes people happier (endorphins!), as does making

 people feel like they’re doing something important. If they can see a change in the river

after they’ve done their work, they will feel a sense of accomplishment.

   We also believe big companies who have already cleaned up their point source pollution

should sponsor a couple local farms in a sort of Big brother/Sister program. Money would

obviously be involved, but a few hundred dollars a year to do things such as, say, switch to

no-till farming or add in hedgerows isn’t much. And it would stop erosion and fertilizer

washing away.

     During the Great depression, the government created a land act that which would buy

and excess food the farmers grew and couldn’t sell. And sell it later to help regulate food

prices when there was a shortage. The act was disassembled over a few years-food prices

have dropped, and instead of growing less, they have to grow more to break even, which

means more tilling and fertilizer. If we bring this act back, wouldn't it prevent over

farming, and therefore erosion and fertilizer use? Farmers would actually have the time

and money to care about what they do to the environment. Right now, they don't have the

fund-all the can do is grow more and try to stay above the water.

     We believe there are a lot of things people can do to help us! Raising awareness is a

major issue, and the rest is pretty much left up to politics and the goodwill of man- a

frightening thought. let's hope they learn from their mistakes.

 

 

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        Response of:  The Phat Phunky Underwater Party - CB_Ecosystem - HburgHS

                             To:  as noted below

                                                                                                                        4/19/2010

              Triple J and CB fisherman- Anything and everything can be done. Cleanup along river

               or even along the highways within the watershed. Everything is connected and every

              little bit can help.

             

              James Wood- The Great Depression Acts do in fact have something to do with our

              topic, we promise! :)  

             

              O'Ryan Fisherman- Coordination from different businesses is required to get

              everyone on the same so that we can see differences. To get those involved that

              don't want to take that initiative, we could have an awards system of just make it so

              second nature that not taking part in helping is thought down upon.

    From:   Triple J & CB fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                  Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       I agree that most people aren't just going to volunteer for community service. Making

       offenders help out is a good idea but what can you do to help out the bay?

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You guys made a good point about having people made to work on the watershed.

       Volunteering is done by public influence but influence can only affect the ones looking.

       However community service is well done by volunteers and criminals. If the watershed was

       perhaps introduced with the involvement of politics then it could create much more help to

       the watershed.

    From:   James Wood Tree Huggers - Other - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       i agree with trying to get people to help the bay. it would be hard to get people to help though.

        im not quite sure why you talked about the great depression.

 

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I feel like you went off topic a little too much. Maybe write more about some solutions

       than writing about the great depression.

    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Your right people do need to be educated on how their harming the environment. We

       cannot rely on volunteer workers to help our watershed. We need to take responsibility

       and do it ourselves.

 

    From:   FC Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                   Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I understand what you’re saying! Nobody is going to wake up saying  Let’s go trash the

       environment today! That’s not going to happen. If they did the adopt the bay, they

       would have a problem because not just one person would adopt the bay. That would be

       too much work.

 

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       hi there im a farmer. and i agree that local broadcasters should speak about what were

       doing to our environment and that we need to fix the environmental problems i also

       agree that an “Adopt the Chesapeake Bay” Program would help.

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I strongly agree that a major goal is getting people involved. I understand your point

       about over farming, but what kinds of things will be done about other sources of

       pollution?

 

 

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JW Critters United                                                                        James Wood HS - Fordyce

                                                                                                                               3/25/2010

We the critters of America firmly believe that the farmers, fisherman are bullies for

contaminating our environment and our homes.  Most people don’t realize that farmers help

 contribute to the pollution of our homes. Some things that affect us are: pesticides that

farmers lay down for their crops, such as a riparian can stop runoff from their fields into

our homes, and animal waste from leaking into our stream. Most of the time, a simple fix

would be buffers from animal waste.

Another example of a group polluting our homes would be the fisherman. They contribute a

lot of waste from their motors, also such as oil, and gas. Also, too many fishermen can

cause a decrease of certain population fish, crabs, and native species.

We are looking for help from the local government, in the hope that by enforcing to the

farmers and fisherman to restrict their pollution of our environment. The government

should limit the amount of toxic chemicals and use eco friendly pesticides. Also, fisherman

should limit on their amount that they fish and the quantities of fish they capture. Those

should just be left so that can naturally repair itself to be the way things were in the past.

 For everyday citizens they can play an important role to help keep our environment clean.

They need to stop littering, sewage, and point source & non point source pollution can be

stopped or treated properly. Because no matter what everything ends back in the water

which in the end, effects us critters, and the bay as well. We understand all farmers,

fisherman, and people are making a living and trying to survive on their own. But the ways

resolve certain things can make everything better and move all parties happy

 

 

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    From:   The Applemen - Other - MslmnHS                                                          Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       i agree with your pov. =)

       something deffintely needs to be done. Who has ideas?

    From:   The Phat Phunky Underwater Party - CB_Ecosystem - HburgHS            Ask

                                                                                                                        4/19/2010

       The riparian buffer itself is not the most effective to catch pesticides. Riparian buffers

       would stop erosion, but when it comes to pesticides, phytoremediation is more effective.

       However, the awful cycle of pesticides continues since we're now contaminating the

       plants. It is best to only use pesticides when necessary to avoid the overuse of these awful

        chemicals.

    From:   Ultimate Anglers - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                              Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       While I agree with what you're trying to say, it's not always possible to pick up everything

       that falls off a boat or runs off bank lines.
    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       i do agree that the pesticides that farmers use for their crops are a cause to some of the

       pollution being created. but i dont agree that farmers are the people polluting the bay

 

        Response        JW Critters United - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)

                             To:  The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        3/31/2010

              some ways to help keep the chesapeake bay more clean will be like cleaning up

              after yourselves, recycle your trash such as your beer cans you drink while

              fishing for my species and my friends which you like to call a "sport". and if

              maybe my species die out maybe that can benifit the other species and help

              reduce your population also and do everybody else a favor and have less of you

              humans running around distroying the beautifullness of gods green earth.

    From:   Lexicon Farmer Inc - farmer - JWHS(F)                                               Ask

                                                                                                                           3/31/2010

       I liked how you specified how each contributed negativity of the Chesapeake Bay

       Watershed.  I also liked how you put solutions to the problems of each group. A great

       science teacher must have taught you how to do such a good job on a POV statement

 

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Good job. I like your ideas and your point of views. Keep up the good work.

 

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I am a farmer and I agree and disagree. I agree that we are polluting the watersheds

       and cause some of the problems, but I disagree also. I believe that we are trying our

       best to prevent pollution. Organic pestcides are used more often to help prevent the

       contamination or  pollution that farmers need to farm with to keep crops from rotting. I

        would want people as well as farmers to try harder and harder to help prevent more

       pollution by making buffers and ponds.

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       This is a good one all around. I like that you critique but look at it from multiple

       perspectives from other groups. You could have mentioned some other sources of

       pollution like factories with low pollution standards. I also think that, while fisherman do

       pollute and reduce population there are much bigger problems that could be solved with

       more ease.

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I am thankful you acknowledged that farmers and fisherman, like us, all have to make a

       living. Your idea to get the local government to be involved is good one. Although, I think

       you lack specific details of how the bay will be cleaned. Since I am a fisherman I would

       like to know what things you think I should do to lessen my pollution going into the bay.

       You cancheck out our POV from the O'Ryan Fisherman for some good ideas.

       As being a fisherman i think your wrong about us being bullies. we our doing our job and

       producing food for consumers. if we did not exist the fish would over polluting and

       everything would be a disaster. But you r right about our motors our polluting the water.

       That why in our article we said we our going to go to hybrid motors.       

        Response        JW Critters United - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)

                             To:  JW Critters United - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        3/29/2010

              EAT MORE CHICKEN!!!

 

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Ticked off Trout                                                                            James Wood HS - Fordyce

                                                                                                                               3/25/2010

I�m a trout and I live in the Chesapeake Bay.  Since I am a trout, I am important to the POV:

water because we eat the bugs it is important that we eat these because we get rid of

them and they won’t get overpopulated. We are also important because humans eat us.

They need us to survive I need clean water to be able to survive and swim. I don’t want

soap or scum in the water I swim in. I want to have a nice clean environment. I want to be

able to see when I swim through the water, not oil all through the water. In addition

factories affect us by the pollution that goes in the air and that go in the water. That

pollution that is going from the factories in the water is affecting us badly because it

affecting the water we live in.  Due to the thermal pollution the bays problems affect us

and our environment in many ways. When boaters spill the water it harms all the fish and

other living things in the water. When trash is being thrown in the water it harms us too.

When the soda can wrappers are thrown in the water we can swim and get tangled in it and

 we wouldn’t live. When oil is thrown in the water to it spills out and kills everything in the

water to because of the chemicals in the oil. When oil and everything else is in the water we

 would be able to develop more of us only because we wouldn’t be able to survive in this

kind of water. People can help our environment and the bay by cleaning out the water. They

 can help also by not throwing trash in the water.  Boaters should check their boat before

they actually go out in the bay. They should check and see if they have any boat problems

that way they don’t have anything spilling out. The government should provide more jobs

for the citizens to clean out the bay. The framers should plant the cover crop and grass

buffer and forested buffer. The nutrient and waste management system will get rid of

everything in the bay. The citizens should at least clean the bay and keep trash out of their

 yard and it will help prevent the trash not going in the bay.

 

 

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    From:   Musselman Homeowners - homeowner - MslmnHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       i really ticks me off when people trow trash into a lake or pond! are they that lazy that

       they cant go trow it away in a trash can? i mean really? it shows how lazy people are.

       RIDICULOUS.

   From:   Triple J & CB fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                  Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       The nutrient and waste management won't be able to clean up everything. The people and

       animals need to work together to help clean the bay.

    From:   Ultimate Anglers - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                              Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I disagree. I don't believe that trout are ABOSLUTELY essential to human life. I'm not

       saying that we wouldn't like to keep the trout around. Also, it's hard to absolutely avoid oil

       getting into the bay. Accidents happen.

    From:   The Scapegoats - farmer - HburgHS                                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       i think the famers do most of the pollution to the water with their work. it hurts us in many

       ways and our enivornments. i think that if people put monvey into it we would have less to

       clean up and the governement should.

    From:   Ticked off Trout - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                        Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       i like how you explained everything that hurts the bay. everyone has a part to help out the

       bay. one thing though it seems like you got the problem out but you said nothing really about a

        solution.

 

    From:   Lexicon Farmer Inc - farmer - JWHS(F)                                               Ask

                                                                                                                           3/31/2010

       I liked how you specified how different groups hurt the watershed such as factories.

       You also put a lot of good details about problems that affect you as a trout. I do agree

       that fisherman should check their boats to see if they have problems because they enter

        the water. I like how you put simple ways to help the watershed from the other groups.

 

    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       You guys might to consider revising a few things. After the first couple sentences I can’t

        really understand a thing. I do like where you are going with this though. The water does

        need to be cleaned up a lot.

       I don’t think that you focused on the solutions enough. You kind of rambled on about the

       problem. I do agree that people should check their boats and things before taking them

       out. We need to take more drastic measures. We need to provide more jobs that help

       clean the bay up. I also agree that trash goes in a trash can, not the bay!

 

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I think you’re a honest trout and everything you said is accurate. I agree with you trout

       completely. I like your point of view on things. I don’t have really anything negative to

       say. Good job!!

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I don’t agree. Because people do not only need trout to survive we have other sources to

        survive from... but i would recommend you to put like other of things that will be

       affected by the polluted water. But I do agree that people need to check for leaks and

       spills like oil spills

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I think you focused on the problem more than the solution. You included basic forms of

       pollution prevention but I think more dramatic action has to be taken to restore your

       home. How are you going to convince citizens to want to help?

 

 

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Mammalpalooza                                                                                James Wood HS - Fordyce

                                                                                                                               3/25/2010

  Critters are important to the watershed because we are the main source of life in the POV:

watershed and have a variety of functions that help the ecosystem. We are the main

reason that the watershed exists, it’s our home.  Critters are beautiful to watch and often

times tasty and abundant to eat. We ARE the food chain, without us it would be non-

existent. The chain goes something like this: Insects are food for fish; fish are food for

humans and other larger predators.

 

Critters live in the bay so all of the bays problems including sediment and pollution prevent

us from surviving and thriving as species in the watershed. We need the water to maintain

healthy levels because we need the water to survive.

 

In order to have healthy waters many individuals and organizations need to participate, we

Need:

Farmers to: Plant buffers to reduce erosion. 

Local Government to: Fund the farmers enough money to plant buffers

Citizens to: Not use pesticides on their lawns and avoid dumping chemicals down drains.

Fishermen to: Avoid littering near the water.

 

Being critters we can’t do anything for ourselves to improve our quality of life. It is up to

humans to help us even though they are the reason we are miserable in the first place.

 

Nearly any solution done to improve the water quality will positively affect our group aside

from the obvious things that do nothing. All the organisms in the bay would have an

improved quality of life with better water. Controlling air and water pollution from

factories and treatment plants is one of the biggest issues because it improves overall

water health and therefore our health.

 

Critters prefer solutions and approaches that directly improve our waters quality. Advising

the public about waste management and informing them of the dangers of littering are

some preferred methods of water improvement. Other methods or solutions for better

water are biodegradable filters in the water and nutrient management on larger farms to

reduce harmful PH levels (which reduces algae). Although this may be costly to local farms,

 local governments can assist them in affording this.

 

 

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    From:   enviromental peeps - recreation - MslmnHS                                            Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       i agree with with your postition because  i beleve the water shed is an important part of

       our community in that it effect all of us in many ways. 

    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       Well why don't you blame someone else, we are just trying to come and enjoy the sights, we

        do not visit there just to trash the pace ,you're the ones who keep getting in the farmers

       gardens , and making them pollute the crops, then it eventually gets washed into the bay.

       You don't even live in the bay. You live in the ground.

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       i do agree that we need farmers to plant buffers to help the pollution out.i also agree that

       critters are the main part of the bay, because they help the bay out the most. Also i agree

       that sediment kills off the critters and that we to do something about that.


    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You have some really good ideas.I liked that you emphasized that every effort to clean the

       bay will help not just the major ones. My group had unique ideas as well. You should check it

       out.

        Response        Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)

                             To:  The Hand that Feeds - farmer - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        3/31/2010

              To "The Hand That Feeds", thank you for the inciteful input (you actually thought

               about it!) Sorry it doesn't go into much detail, we didn't exactly spend day and

              night researching this, after all it's just a school project. While it is true that

              animals have their own issues to face that can be blamed on them, humans hurt

              animals on a large scale and un-naturally. Bears and fish don't use paint thinner

              and pesticides. You are absolutely right about the last part though, not ALL

              solutions will positively affect animals but if you wan't to do a little more

              reasearch and give examples we will be glad to see! To all the other groups thank

              you for the positive feedback.

 

    From:   Ticked off Trout - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                        Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       we [Ticked off Trout] are the food chains for humans. but when the bay is dirty and has

        things it it trash and oil and all kinds of other things and make us sick and die we are no

       longer the food chain. we need the water to be clean and order to remain in the foor

       chain for the humans. if the water wasnt clean then we cant live their is no food chain

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I agree with the statement that you have made in the statement, and I believe that

       everybody should have a helping hand in being a part in the restoring the bay.

    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Well first off this needs to be explained a little more there’s not a whole lot of detail.

       Second humans aren’t the only reason animals are miserable you animals (no offence)

       have over breeding and over eating so you know don’t blame just us. Finally not all

       solutions will have a positive affect on the watershed do some research before you

       really say that everything is a good thing because to much of a good thing can turn bad.

    From:   The Hand that Feeds - farmer - JWHS(F)                                            Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       You make a good point. The critters are a huge part of the bay and they need other

       people to change because they cannot do anything. Farmers are so unaware of the bay

       and its problems and the problems they cause for they it. Plant buffers is a good idea. 

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       i think this is a very good point because planting plant buffers would help get rid of

       sediment and help prevent erosion. i also agree that without the critters then we have no

       food chain because without them then how is the food chain gonna start.

    From:   Ticked off Trout - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                        Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       the ideas foe the pollution are really good points. the government does need to take

       more actions to help clean out the bay, if nobody doesnt clean it our at more its doing

       more damage to you all the critters because you need the bay to live in and the

       environmen you live in would be bad.

 

 

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The Drain Pipes!                                                                                                East Hardy HS

                                                                                                                               3/26/2010

 

      Sea grasses produce oxygen through photosynthesis. They provide protection for

marine life. Sea grasses help with water clarity, provide food for sea creatures and a home

 for marine life.

     The organisms that live on and around the sea grass, filter the nutrients in the water.

Many creatures such as ducks, manatees, shorebirds, shrimp and crabs actually live off the

 sea grass for food.

     Sea grasses provide ecosystem goods and ecosystem services, like fishing grounds,

protection from waves, oxygen production and protection against coral erosion.

     The bays pollution affects the sea grass severely. Drainage and toxins carried by the

rain water as it flows thru streams and rivers towards the bay. When the water gets

polluted with toxins, it starts to kill off the sea grass. When all the sea grass dies there will

 be no food for the animals that survive off of it, then if the grass is dead, the animals will

start to die too.

     While many suspected big industry or the herbicides used to kill weeds on farm fields

was the problem. Come to find out, it was only not pollutants and weed killers that can

stress the grasses, they were not the cause of the great sea grass die-off. Instead,

nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, along with sediment, were killing the grasses by

robbing them of light. Nutrients fuel large blooms of algae that, along with sediment,

shadow grasses growing on the bottom. Nutrients also feed the growth of small plants

called epiphytes that can cover the blades of underwater grasses, further blocking out

light. Without sunlight to stimulate photosynthesis, the plants wither and die.

     The grass beds of the Chesapeake Bay provides food and a habitat for fish, shellfish,

and invertebrates. The grassed also provide oxygen in the water column as part of the

photosynthetic process. Underwater grasses control the sediment in the water. Grasses

filter and trap sediment that can cloud the water and bury bottom-dwelling organisms,

such as oysters. They also protect shorelines from erosion by absorbing wave energy.

     As the bay grass that live in shallow waters, clear water is very important for our

survival. To make this happen, sediment and silt in the streams has to be reduced. One

solution that we think would be very helpful would be to put riparian buffers along areas of

 streams and rivers. This would keep banks from eroding and would definitely help keep the

 water cleaner. Another solution we would benefit from is cover crops. Covering all

sediment with some type of crop, whether it by rye in agriculture fields or grass in

commercial areas, cuts down the amount of runoff into the streams and rivers.

 

 

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    From:   A environmentalists group - Other - JWHS(F)                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       industry does make up most of the polution in the bay.alrything also everything that you said

       about the cover crops is right. we do need more of that to help bring down the polution.we

       could also plant some trees but we also need to get people to stop dumping in the waters and

       also the big factories need to stop dumping.but i do agree with u all the way.

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       i like how you discuss all your problems and detailed it very well. i do agree that if all the

       seagrasses are gone then the animals will start to die off. thats not good if that happens so

       we need to find a way to eliminate these prblems.

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You have good ideas but you could also acknowledge that pollution is harming more than sea

       grass directly. Though this is a big problem there are other life forms being directly harmed

       by the pollution as well.

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       The bay needs more than cover crops and buffers around the bay to protect it from

       pollution and nitrogen gases.

    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I like how you all addressed your problems and solutions. Planting crop buffers and ect

       are genius Ideas, but you could be a little more persuasive on why people should clean up

        the bay. Not that anything you have is not good on the contrary it is very well thought

       out it’s just that it could be a little better that note aside I feel like I really need to help

        the bay thanks to you guys good work!

       I think that The Drain Pipes solutions are very good. The only thing is that putting

       riparian buffers all along the sides of the river is going to cost a lot of money which then

        will effect the government. I think that the idea of cover crops would be the best. This

       would save money and help save the bay.

    From:   Triple J & CB fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                  Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I agree with you because riparian buffers would help reduce sediment and silt in the

       streams and rivers. Also planting cover crops over all sediment would also help erosion.

       I think you’re POV is very informative. But what do you think could be some other options

        to how you could stop the drainage pipes? Maybe try and talk to the industries and such

        that are located around the bay. Tell them what they are damaging and how the habitat

       is reacting to they’re toxins.

 

 

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Four Fish and an Otter                                                                  James Wood HS - Fordyce

                                                                                                                               3/30/2010

We the fish and aquatic animals of the Chesapeake Bay are currently living on very poor  

conditions. You, the farmers, governments, fishermen, and homeowners need us.  We help filter

 the water and we give our lives so you can have delicious food placed in front of you on your

dinner table.  The water we live in is highly polluted and it is killing us off one by one, it

mutates our loved ones, and takes away our homes.  Pollution leads to bad things like algae

which feeds many kinds of bacteria.  Bacteria feed off the algae and takes away our oxygen

which harms us in many ways.  Mankind needs to take a bigger step in helping aquatic life in

watersheds.Farmers can use fewer pesticides and could put up fences along rivers so animal

waste doesn’t end up in the water.  This will help decrease natural pollution.  The government

needs to have people monitor the dump stations (restrict waste regulations) so people don’t

dump harmful waste in water that will contaminate the watershed.  Contaminating the

watersheds will lead to polluting the oceans.  Fishermen can catch and release some fish after

they already have the fish they need to sell or eat so we don’t dissipate.  The people of the

community (homeowners) can plant buffers along the bay so it stops massive sediment run-off

is decreased and thus reducing pollution.  The other solution we propose the people of America

do is watch where they throw their trash, and watch what chemicals they use around the bay or

any other water system.  If all the people contribute to the watershed clean up, then we will

gain our homes back, we will live and will no longer dissipate.  We will be once again abundant.

We the critters of the Chesapeake Bay thank you!

 

 

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    From:   Biology Honors Students - Other - MslmnHS                                          Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       sediment buffers are a excellent idea!

       and i also agree with the statement on how the waters are polluted which is what we eat.

       SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE.

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       The statement needs a more detail of how we should clean the bay. Also there needs more

       ways to stop pollution from come in the bay.

    From:   Ultimate Anglers - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                              Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       It would be nice if you were a bit more descriptive in how to solve the problems and create

       ways to fix them.


    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       you have a very good point so i agree that if the water is polluted then the food put on our

       dinner tables are also pulluted. that would start to make kids sick and other people to. i also

       agree that we need everybody to join and help to fix this pollution problem we have!

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       Sediment buffers are good ideas but how wil the homeowners get the money to plant them? i

       like your point about monitoring the dumping stations. You included good simple solutions

       that everyone can do at home.

 

 

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nhfish                                                                                                          North Harford HS

                                                                                                                               3/30/2010

The ecosystem of the bay is very important, especially to Maryland. If a lot of the bay  

ecosystem is killed off then Maryland's economy will be affected negatively. Maryland is

known very well for their crabs, as well as other things such as rockfish and large mouth bass.

The bays problems affect us negatively. There has been a lot of runoff into the bay clouding

the water. This depletes our oxygen source significantly. Along with runoff, algae is another

big issue. The algae sits on top of the water, not letting any sunlight pass through. Without any

sunlight it is virtually impossible for bay grasses and other plants to grow. Not only does the

algae block light but it also depletes the water of oxygen making it hard for us oysters and

crabs to live.  An ecosystem needs food to survive and the algae is preventing habitat because

the SAV is dying. Possible solutions could include stopping sediment run-off and point sources

 of pollution into the bay by planting riparian buffers and rain gardens in urban areas. 

Nutrient management programs should be mandatory for all farmers and urban communities. 

Advanced sewage treatment is necessary to reduce nutrients from STP's.  There needs to be

limits on crab and oyster harvests.  When that was done for rock fish it worked and the rock

fish population has increased.

 

 

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    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I dont agree that if alot of the bays animals are killed off that it will affect the economy of

       maryland. i dont agree because maryland can get their famous food from other places that

       aren't polluted. the cheasapeake bay isnt their only source to food.

    From:   James Wood Tree Huggers - Other - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       The bays ecosystem is in trouble, but dont blame it on the algae. Yes algae does block out the

       sun light, but it is also a sign that the water is in healthy condition. And how would the

       destruction of the bay have a negative effect on Marylnds economy?

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       How are you going to eliminate the algea problem? Also, you mentioned that there needs to be

        a stop to point source pollution. How will you stop this?

 

 

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clamzzz                                                                                                        North Harford HS

                                                                                                                               3/30/2010

Over the past couple years clam fishing has declined the population by over 99%. This was also

 caused by polution in the bay this has lead to diseases such as QPX, spots in clams, and

Perkinsus. Before it took clams an entire month to filter out the Chesapeake Bay. With the

current population it would take a year and a half. With decreasing polution and increasing

clam poulations would lead to faster filtration of the bay.

 

 

 

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    From:   Team Green - Other - JWHS(F)                                                             Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       Your right the clam population has decreased drastically. But by helping fix the clam

       problem there are other animals that need help in the bay. So the clam problem isn't the

       only thing wrong with in the bay.

    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       Okay but how do you think we can decrease pollution??? You didnt really go into enough

       detail for me. I guess your on the right track though because your POV got me interested. So

        wat exactly do you suggest we do??? =)

    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       Your POV is a little short. Also, I would like to point out that Perkinsus is a disease in

       oysters, and is found in marine waters. QPX occurs in marine water, it causes massive

       inflamatory responces in the clams. One last thing I would like to point out is that clams are

       in salt water(marine).So how does clam fishing affecting the watershed?

    From:   The O'Ryan Fisherman - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You identified a problem but what is the solution? How can we stop pollution to the bay in

       order to restore the clam popullation? My group The O'Ryan Fisherman came up with a

       variety of ideas that you could take a look at.

    From:   James Wood Tree Huggers - Other - JWHS(F)                                     Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You got the point across that clams are in trouble, but what about all he others critters in the

       bay. You also didn't provide any ideas on what should be done to solve the problem.

 

 

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Flavuh Blasted Goldfish Crackah$                                                          Jefferson HS-Picard

                                                                                                                                4/12/2010

I am a fish and I have a dream that one day I will be able to see and breathe clearly in my

home beneath the waves of the Chesapeake Bay.  I have a dream that one day my children’s

 children’s children’s children will be able to see and breathe clearly in their home beneath

the waves of the Chesapeake Bay. However, I have a very well-thought out plan to solve

this problem.

          The problem is that we fish, and other living organisms in the bay, have lost our

habitat due to pollution from excess nutrients and chemical contaminants. Sedimintation

from removal of forests and run-off from agricultural lands have caused our murky

waters of the Chesapeake. The decline in our population is shown based on the impact of

the impact of sediment and nutrients on water quality.  Over three hundred species of fish

are known to live in the Chesapeake Bay.  Some of us live here yearround; others visit

during the migrations.  Estuarian fish live here as well and when our originally beautiful

Chesapeake Bay becomes a muddled soup of algae and sediment, our estuarian residents

will die out.

         In order to solve this problem the people of the Chesapeak Basy watershed all need

to work together to cut back on their non-point source pollution.   To restore the Bay,

forests can be retained and expanded to reduce the pollution; the land of forests are used

 to protect water quality as they absorb pollution from the air and capture, filter and

retain pollutants in runoff.

           So, in conclusion, with the help of you and your money, me and my children’s

children’s children’s children will survive and thrive happily in the Chesapeake Bay.

 

 

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All-Star Fish                                                                                   Rappahannock HS-Harman

                                                                                                                                4/14/2010

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, for those of you that may

not know, an estuary is partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or

streams flowing into it, and able to have a free connection to the open sea. The Chesapeake

 Bay has a huge, diverse ecosystem that has important habitats as well as important food

webs. All types of fish, big and small, live and thrive in the Bay or in rivers that eventually

flow into the Bay; the Bay also provides protection and homes for a diverse selection of

animals. There are about 350 species of fish that are known to live in the Chesapeake,

dozens of crabs and shellfish, many birds rely on the Bay for food, mammals, and as well

as reptiles and amphibians.

  It is our responsibility to take care of the bay because we like to use the animals in and

surrounding the bay. We use fish to eat and also enjoy watching the wildlife around the

area. When we cause pollution, these animals can become harmed, mutated, or killed. When

we pollute the bay we are losing many of the resources that we enjoy. If we are educated

about the damage we are causing to our bay and ways to prevent it, we might have a

cleaner more animal friendly bay. We feel that is there are people that live on the property

 near the watershed, should take even more of a responsibility by keeping their area clean

and being careful not to pollute the area, as well as everyone else in the area, even if they

do not live close to watershed, should really try to help to stop the pollution and harm to

the Bay.

  Community projects could be created to get others involved. There are many people who

like to participate in community service events such as high school students or people who

just enjoy the bay. It is good for people to get out there and make things better for the

people and animals of the community.

  The water, plants, and animals contribute to the upkeep of the bay, the plants at the

bottom of the bay help to filter the water and are food for the fish. When the sides of the

 bay erode, sediment builds up on top of plants blocking out the sunlight. Without the

plants, there will be problems with the animals that use them as food and the water will

become filthy. Although this is not necessarily that fault of the community and its people, it

 can be prevented by using buffers for the erosion such as bushes placed alongside the

edge of the bay. All these are ideas that would help educate others and contribute to the

upkeep of the bay, which has so many important resources we don't want to live without.

  Healthy, clear water is very important to the plants and animals that live in this

ecosystem. To have healthy water you need a balanced amount of nutrients, also it needs

to have plenty of dissolved oxygen for the fish, crabs, and all of the other sea life in the

Bay. The actual main cause of the Bay pollution and the Bay's problems is - Man, and to fix

 this problem we need to understand the problem. Ourselves, everyone, we have created

the problems with the Bay of the pollutions. If we lose the bay, we will lose so much of

something that is so important to our environment, devastating effects will happen, let's

not wait and see, make a difference now.

 

 

 

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Just Keep Swimming                                                                               Jefferson HS-Picard

                                                                                                                                4/14/2010

   As representatives of the fish of the Chesapeake Bay, we, Just Keep Swimming, hope to

spread awareness about the problem of Bay pollution. As a major food source of the Bay,

pollution affects us and those that rely on us. Pollution changes the balance in the

ecosystem, where plants can't grow, and fish can't eat, neither survive. The various groups

of the Bay depend on each other to flourish. 

   The Bay's 2,700 species, we are greatly affected by the Bay's recurring problems. The

Chesapeake Bay is the nation's largest estuary, home to crabs, other crustaceans, shellfish,

 many different fish including bass, ospreys, and even phytoplankton and zooplankton. This

is our habitat, and we need it a particular way for us to reproduce and thrive successfully.

The degradation of the Chesapeake Bay can result in our population decreasing, or our

species becoming extinct altogether. Toxic substances gather on the base of the bay, and

enter the food chain. Fish ingest the chemicals, and then the birds eat the fish. It's a

vicious cycle and must be stopped.

    We need all the help we can get. This is why spreading the word about our problem is

important. When others are more aware and educated on the situation, they are more likely

 to want to take action. Different groups in the Bay may not realize how bad the problem

is. However, once they learn, they will need to help out to keep their group and the many

others alive. Only by fixing the pollution problem can we, the fish, can live safely and in

peace, never not wondering if we will be able to see our fries swim another day. Fixing the

problem would not endanger us, not fixing it could result in our deaths.

    Humans that near live in the Chesapeake Bay area can help all the organisms living in it.

They can help not pouring chemicals down the sink, and instead throw them away properly.

Students in the schools near the Bay should also be encouraged to help clean up the Bay as

community service. Everyone who lives near the Chesapeake Bay to should do something to

make it safer, better, and a beautiful place for all the organisms. After all, we just want to

 keep on swimming!

 

 

 

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Frolicking Llamas                                                                             Rappahannock HS-Harman

                                                                                                                                4/15/2010

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary on the Atlantic Coast and of the largest in the

world. More than 100,000 rivers and streams drain into the bay. It is a watershed. The Bay

 is home to more than 3,600 species of plants, fish and animals. The bay is located in

Virginia and Maryland.

     In the 70’s Chesapeake Bay was discovered to contain one of the planet’s first

identified marine dead zones, where hypoxic waters were so depleted of oxygen they were

unable to support life, resulting in massive fish kills. Today the bay’s dead zones are

estimated to kill 75,000 tons of bottom-dwelling clams and worms each year, weakening

the base of the estuary’s food chain and robbing the blue crab in particular of a primary

food source. All of this damage occurs from polluting and damaging substances created by

homeowners, developers, and even waterman. Homeowners and developers dispose of

harmful things that much of these things eventually lead to the bay. The waterman can also

 dispose of harmful things, and can catch fish/seafood that may be contaminated and feed

 it to the people of the area, and possibly make people sick. There are many harmful algae’s

 also, such as pfiesteria piscicida. This can harm fish and humans. Pfiesteria caused a small

regional panic in the late 1990’s when a series of large blooms started killing large numbers

 of fish while giving swimmers mysterious rashes, and nutrient runoff from chicken farms

was blamed for the growth. In response to these things, the Chesapeake bay program is the

 regional partnership that directs and conducts the restoration of the Chesapeake bay.

      All of my fellow classmates stake holds causes all of these things to me, as the

Chesapeake bay ecosystem. They cause so much pain and contamination, and they don’t

even realize it or care most of the time.

 

 

 

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J's polo                                                                                           Rappahannock HS-Harman

                                                                                                                                4/15/2010

Being that we are the only creatures in the Bay ecosystem that can control the impact we

have on the Bay, we have to act responsible towards it and everything we do can affect it. 

Most if the size is important, because gasoline, paint used oil or even fertilizer will

eventually enter being carried in by rain water. When we liter the trash goes into the bay

harming that animals and plants.  There are many things that we can do and shouldn’t do to

help keep the Bay clean. Things like going fishing and harvesting a huge amount of fish will

decrease the number of fish producing. One major thing that we do daily is flush toilets

that have an effect on it. Control the usage of your water, taking shorter showers with low

 flow aerators, use full load for dishwashers and laundry, and control your water sprinkler.

  Pumping out you septic tanks regularly, every 3-5 years. Use phosphate free, non-toxic,

and recyclable products. Using concrete and apshalt effects the may cause may

experience flooding which will cause the sediments to flow in the lake causing the channel

banks and beds to swiftly erode.  You can plant trees. They filter and give off oxygen and

their roots absorb pollutants and reduce erosions. Replant large open areas instead of

using, unused sprawling lawn. Also, don’t contribute to feeding geese, duck, or gulls they

limits swimming and nuisance on playing fields or people’s yard. One bird dropping can

contaminate 10,000 gallons of water.  We must keep the Chesapeake Bay clean because

planktons are the most important species in the Bay and without them no other animals

would be able to survive.

 

 

 

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The Moderator thinks you did a good job listing problems and suggesting some good solutions.  But why did you write your POV from the viewpoint of the people who are harming you, instead of from your own point of view as the Bay Ecosystem that is being harmed by man's activities? 

 

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