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Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum 2010

 

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Waffle Squad                                                                                           Gonzaga College HS

                                                                                                                                3/19/2010

Perhaps one of the most economically important natural resources in the country is the

Chesapeake Bay. It generates millions of dollars annually in the forms of recreation,

tourism, shipping, and with its seafood industry.  This large economic revenue source is just

one of the main reasons why the bay needs to be cleaned up. A significant amount of this

revenue comes from recreation and tourism.

  Recreation and tourism includes boaters, fisherman, beach goers, swimmers, wildlife

watchers, and campers, just to name a few. So many different people are involved in these

 categories, and what they do is highly dependent on the health of the bay. Basically

everything revolves around the health of the bay. If pollution of other factors decreases

its health, this will most likely affect fish, crab, and oyster populations. This will probably

result in a change in harvest regulations, licenses, and the amounts caught. If fish, crab, or

oyster populations decline, so will the amount of money that is made off these species, both

 commercial and recreationally. If pollution in the bay continues to affect the state of the

bay's natural grasses, such as eel grass, the bay could really be in trouble. Eel grass

provides habitat and protection for the majority of bay organisms, and it is depleting at a

ridiculous rate. As it goes, more and more organisms such as crabs and fish loose habitat,

often necessary for survival. Other native land grasses around the bay are being depleted.

These grasses provide habitat for the thousands of migratory waterfowl that visit this

area every winter. The loss of their habitat means a decrease in their numbers, which in

turn affects people such as bird and other wildlife watchers and even hunters. One major

polluter of the bay is soil and sand erosion. Not only does this pollute the water, but it also

decreases the amount of recreational shoreline, like beaches.

  A lot can be done to stop this insanity. Farmers could go a little easier on the pesticides.

They spray thousands of pounds of chemicals all over their fields without realizing that

half of it will get washed away into streams, rivers, and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay.

Homeowners could conserve water in their homes to decrease the volume of wastewater.

This will also reduce the Combined Sewage Overflows because the stormwater will have

more space to occupy if there is less wastewater. Developers of urban areas around the

Bay don't realize what cities can do to an ecosystem. By replacing creeks with sidewalks,

developers interrupt and disturb ecosystems that are essential to maintaining a healthy

watershed.

  The Chesapeake Bay ought to be a haven for people who want to go swimming, casual

fishing, or just hang out on the shores. It is a place where tourists should be able to come

and see the local species of plants, fish, and animals. We cannot allow the pollution and

destruction of the Bay watershed to continue. The pollution score for the Bay recently hit

a historic low, and is ever so slowly climbing back up. We must do our part to see to it that

the Chesapeake Bay is a fun, safe, and healthy environment for all species, humans

included.

 

 

 

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    From:   Cornstalkers - farmer - EHHS                                                                 Ask

                                                                                                                        4/12/2010

       your info is very true and descriptive

    From:   SKL Environmentalists - Other - JWHS(F)                                             Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You are on top of this with every little bit you of information you put down your well

       knowledgeable of the corruption that has been done to the Bay and what would be good to

       make up for it. if everyone cared like you and us this wouldn't be such a major issue.

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       The specifics you mentioned were describing the way all recreational activities directly

       affect certain species and I like that a lot. I really don't think the cities realize what is

       happening to the ecosystem and I really agree that they should start preventing tourists and

       recreational people from throwing things in the wrong places.

    From:   Trojan Tourists - recreation - HHS                                                        Ask

                                                                                                                           4/7/2010

       You seem very knowledgable of the damage that has been done to the Bay and what would be

       good to make amends for it. We are glad to know that you care and that you, like all of us in

       this, can make a difference.

 

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       As farmers are parasites and stuff are so that are crops are healthy and not destroyed

        by bugs and insects eating away at are crops which would kill many of are crops. So to

       tell us to stop using are spray is a little hard because that would cause us to lose alot of

       money off our products.

 

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I like how specific you were in describing the way recreational activities directly affect

       certain species. I agree that the cities don't realize what they're doing to the ecosystem

        and should start preventing tourists and recreational...people from dumping things.

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       i understand your point of view, about trying to keep the bay clean so the boaters,

       fisherman, beach goers, swimmers, and wildlife can still enjoy it. we understand that we

       have to keep habit in the bay to keep natural. but we have to spray our crops to be able

       to help our crops grow, so if we dont use enough then the bugs will eat our plants up. we

       can try to use less thought.

 

 

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LFD Firefighters                                                                                            Luray HS - Judd

                                                                                                                               3/23/2010

   As firefighters, we put in a lot of volunteer hours in helping people when they are in need POV:

of emergency services. In order for us to unwind from many stressful situations we are all

 avid fishermen. During the last few years, we have noticed we do not catch as many

smallmouth bass, and those fish we have caught showed signs of sores or lesions. We dont

know if these fish are safe for us to eat. We are afraid these fish will make us sick if we

eat'em.

   We have discussed in several meetings what may be causing this problem. Maybe the

farmers are putting too much n2 rich manure or pesticides on their fields. But i have

nothing against farmers since they grow the crops that feed my family. It could be the

homeowners who want nice green lawns in the spring. It could be coming from the

wastewater treatment plant that cannot remove pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics from

the wastewater discharge.

   We are concerned with the fact that if the fish population continues to decrease, we

have no way of unwinding from stressful emergency calls. Recreational fishing is important

in our lives. We are afraid we will lose valuable volunteers from to much stress if the

problem is not soon corrected.

 

 

 

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    From:   The Green Squad - Other - MslmnHS                                                     Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       Why aren't you worried about the fish at all? You appear only to be concerned with having

        a vacation.

    From:   Wacka Flocka Developers - developer - GCHS                                        Ask

                                                                                                                        4/19/2010

       LFD Firefighters,  The Wacka Flocka Developers are intrigued by your insightful POV.  As

        developers, we often get lost in the industirial aspect of society and take little time to

       appreciate the natural world.  Your POV has alerted us to the important recreational

       activities concerning the Bay and, as a result, we now have a new sensitivity towards your

       issue. Also, we were impressed by the information provided in your POV as you supplied

       numerous possible causes for why the fish are in their current situation. The only

       suggestion we have is for you to address possible solutions to your problem. Good work!

        Response of:  LFD Firefighters - recreation - LHS(J)

                             To:  Durdy Developers - developer - GCHS

                                                                                                                        4/15/2010

              In a recent finding by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, their results show that much

              of the pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is coming from urbanized areas.  It seems that

               farmers are catching most of the blame for nutrient discharge.  However, CBF has

              found farmers have met 50% of their stated reduction goals while urban areas have

              went backwards by 85% of their goals for decreased nutrient additions.     One way

              to solve this problem is to install additional storm water collection ponds near

              subdivisions. The soil should be able to filter out many of the nutrients before it

              enters the Chesapeake Bay.

    From:   Durdy Developers - developer - GCHS                                                     Ask

                                                                                                                        4/13/2010

       LFD  Firefighters, your observations are both very interesting but disturbing to the

       avid environmentalist. This is indeed a problem that has gone on unnoticed long enough!

       We should conduct testing on the fish to see what exactly is wrong with them and why

       they are dying. Also one of you could try a little nibble and if that guy gets sick, then

       well you better not eat those fishes!!!

    From:   Chalky and the Crawfish - Waterman - EHHS                                        Ask

                                                                                                                        4/12/2010

       we agree with you that something needs to be done about the fish and everything like that ,

        but your really not helping by going out catching the fish. We like fishing too but you

       have to do whats best for the environment.

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                        4/8/2010

       This POV is thoughtful, I like it because it puts me in the shoes of the firefighters.

       I'am visually seeing what is going in the area. Your fishing hobby is being affected due

       to the small amount of fish in present time. For you the firemen, I would personally

       find a new fun hobby that you guys can enjoy. The watershed is being cleaned by

       others. You guys should just keep your mind on the protection of people and don't

       interfere with the watershed. - less stress

 

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I hate to break it to you, but if recreational fishing comes to an end, it will not spell

      disaster for the volunteer fire departments across the Chesapeake Bay area. Granted, there

      may be some issues with water quality, but I believe your initial statements on fish health are

      either extremely exaggerated or completely fictional. Either way, understand that there are

       greater problems in the bay than your smallmouth bass fishing pastimes.

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       One to me it seems like you don't understand that pollution comes from more than just

       sediment and soil and dirt. Second when tourist come and throw your trash and waste in some

        place other than a trash can your polluting the environment, maybe you should consider that

       farmers aren't the only ones polluting. I'm a fisher man and I even know that my team and I

       pollute, but were trying to do something about it. So may you please take responsibility for

       some of the pollution, because believe or not your causing some of it.

 

        Response of:  LFD Firefighters - recreation - LHS(J)

                             To:  The Drain Pipes! - CB_Ecosystem - EHHS

                                                                                                                        4/7/2010

              Although I participate in all yall have listed, Most of us have been fishing since we

              were little kids.

        Response of:  LFD Firefighters - recreation - LHS(J)

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

                                                                                                                        4/7/2010

              Considering half of our firefighters are farmers I really have nothing to say against

               the farmers. A stress ball? really? thats cute. But I highly doubt that a stress ball will

               take the place of fishing.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I like it it is nice but we firefighters are not polluting the bay at all so there is something

        to think about.

 

    From:   The Purple Fly pigs - Waterman - EHHS                                                Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       what chemical or whatever is giving the bass sores?/

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I think thatís great to be a firefighter it helps the public.yeah fire trucks waste a lot of

       water but they need that to put out the fire.

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I disagree with your group having nothing against the farmers. You should very well have

       an argument with the farmers because they are one of the major contributors to the

       pollution of the bay.

    From:   The Drain Pipes! - CB_Ecosystem - EHHS                                               Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       There are other ways to reduce stress, here are some other ways to have a good time.

       1.) Shooting Skeet2.) Cow Tipping- (WV style)3.) Snipe Hunting4.) Finch Chasing5.)

       Shoot some golfballs outta home-made cannons6.) Irish Road Bowling

    From:   The League of Extraordinary Fisher People - Waterman - EHHS          Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       To us it sounds like you are more intersted in your stress release than you are worried

       about the bay. I can see your concern with trying to eat the fish. But how can you help

       the problem if you think it is the fertalizers talk to the local farmers and  see what they

        are using and if you still think its that then fix it.

    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       What other serious problems have you found besides the fish?

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       You make very good points about the businesses, farmers and homeowners in the area

       putting point and nonpoint pollution into the bay.  You could take more action by cutting

       your own pollution contribution to the bay and ask local scientists about what could be

       going on with your fish.  You are heroes in your community.  It would be easier for you

       to raise awareness in your community about the pollution in the bay.

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       the water is dirty and nasty in some places. we need to work and clean it up together. it

       is very helpful that you all are "firemen" and long hrs and tough work can really stress

       you out, but you might just need to get a stress ball for now since the bay isnít the

       greatest.

 

 

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Backwoods Fishermen                                                                           Hampshire High School

Just Fishermen                                                                                                        3/24/2010

BACKWOODS-FISHERMEN

        We are writing from the point of view from fishermen.  We like fishing, but hate

fishing in dirty and polluted waters.  Iíve been fishing in the south branch of the Potomac

River and watched dead fish covered in sores float by.  The people at the bay blame us, but

 the problem's not us. Itís farther upstream at the chicken plants in Moorefield. Granted

I�ve seen pipes coming from the banks of the river. Those pipes are the sewage from those

 camps. That sure donít help the problem but the poultry processing plants are the big

problem.  We canít even think about eating the fish that we catch. Itís always been catch

and release out of that river. If you eat a infected fish you can get very sick.  The chicken

plants need to be fined and the river given time to recover. If it is left alone, the river will

clean itself out over time. Iíve caught some nice fish like bass and cats out of the river

that I had to throw back.

 

 

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    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I think that in your POV there are many important points you made and agree, even though

       I'm not for fishermen I would not like to see dead fish floating on top of the water either.

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       Being a fisher man I agree with the things you are saying, but you weren't exactly specific

       on how you were going to solve the problem. Maybe you can come up with a solution, or an

       idea on how the problem can be solved.

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       Im sorry that the fish you catch are not what you expect. Yes, im sure that these "chicken

       plants" arnt helping, but there are many other problems that need to be fixed. Also, you cant

       just stop the pollution, and then expect it all to go away. Things cant just fix themselves. If

       you stop the pollution, the river will try to clean itself, but wont succeed all the way. There

       are many other problems you did not address. Keep researching.

    From:   SKL Environmentalists - Other - JWHS(F)                                             Ask

                                                                                                                           3/31/2010

       That is absolutely ridicules! The government should pay attention to little things like this.

       In all reality it�s actually a major problem. Something that should don�t to fix and/or

       prevent this from happing to the Potomac River. I like your observations they are very

       clear and to the point.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I donít think anything you talked about made sense. You guys didnít even address how to

       solve the problems. Itís also not just the ďchicken plantsĒ that pollute the water.

       EVERYBODY including the fishermen contribute to the pollution.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Yeah and were are we getting the money to fix this? Us farmers barley make it as it is

       and to tell us to completely change are business is crazy because we don't have the

       money for that.

 

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       You did not say anything about how to solve the bays' problems. Also, you should be

       more clear on how exactly the sewage from the..."chciken plants" directly affects the

       bay.

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       It seems as though you only pointed out one source of pollution and lingered on that.

       While it is very true you could have pointed out a number of other pollution sources as

       well as some possible solutions for the problems. For example the government could put

       higher regulations on the plants rather than just giving them fines they will simply ignore.

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       i understand that some of the water is dirty and nasty. but i honestly cant think of

       where else the pipes could go with the sewage, do you have any ideas? i do believe we

       need to yes leave the bay alone to get it back in shape, maybe one day we can do this.

 

 

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The Boaters                                                                                                   Harrisonburg HS

                                                                                                                               3/25/2010

As tourists we think the bay needs to be clean to have the best effect of recreation there

is no way to enjoy a dirty vacation. We a will to do what it takes to get the bay clean if we

focus on how bad it is getting and what it is preventing us from doing recreationally.

For a community consensus we should advertise the negative aspects about the bays health

and let the community know of how that is making tourism dangerous and unpleasant.

Volunteering works for the most part, but sometimes you caní get enough people to come

out and volunteer all the time. Ití important to schedule and organize to appoint certain

people to do specific jobs to make sure the jobs get done. Using students from local

schools is always a good idea.

There are so many fundraising activities that a community can do to raise money. To have a

 ďclean up dayĒwhere everyone comes and pays a dollar to help clean up the bay. Food can

be brought in, and maybe live entertainment to get the sense of a community and good

spirits to keep everyone happy and motivated. This would raise money and raise awareness.

There can be concession stands to raise more money and we can get girl scouts and boy

scouts involved. The ďbake salesĒ bring in minimal funds, so we need to get companies to

donate big sums of money and maybe in return we can advertise their name at our

recreation facilities.

The Clean Water Act can help give the support that point source polluters need to help get

rid of he pesticides, fertilizers and sediments which are the main non point polluters. If we

could tax the point source polluters or make a fine for every time they pollute then it

would raise money to clean up non-point pollution. As recreation business people writing to

the government would be necessary to get any reforms. The Chesapeake Bay Commission

asked for 66 million dollars in the governmental budget to be put into the reparations of

the bay. The point source polluters are the sewage treatment plant and we need to try to

get extra money from the government to work on reforms with the sewage treatment

plant in order to prevent point source pollution.  Clean up for nutrients is not possible and

the only way to deal with it is to prevent it.  We donít really want to tax the farmers

because the cost of our food will rise

Farmerís pollution needs to be controlled by regulation set up by the government for the

Bay area. The farmers can still make a living as long as they deal with their pollution

differently. They should cut down on their pesticides and therefore they would be spending

 less money so theyíd have it easier to save money. The bay needs to have clean water for

recreation activity. Boaters will want their oysters and fish they catch to be healthy enough

 to eat and clean water is the biggest factor in fish health. We need good relationships with

 farmers, and factory owners. We all need to work together to compromise, and think

optimistically.

 

 

 

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        Response of:  The Boaters - recreation - HburgHS

                             To:  Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        4/19/2010

              If the people are coming out to a bake sale for a fundraiser for cleaning up the Bay

              then they must have some sort of care for the Bay therefore its unlikely they would

              just leave their trash laying around.  Not to mention trash cans will be available. 

              Many farmers overuse pesticides because they are ignorant to how they are used so

              if they are abusing how much they use then yes, they should have consequences. 

              Filter pipes would be a good idea but that may get expensive and it would be hard to

              persuade the government to pay the extra money.  Think more positively about

              people's intentions, fishy fisherman!

        Response of:  The Boaters - recreation - HburgHS

                             To:  White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        4/19/2010

              Cutting down the pesticides is a good idea because in actuality the pests grow

              immunities and in the long run it hurts the environment more than it helps the plants

              mostly because of biomagnification.  The concentration keeps growing over time.

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

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       I think it's a good idea to use kids from schools and people from the community to come

       help clean up the bay. Fundraising is a good idea to have people come and especially with

       the activities and performances to draw them in. I disagree with cutting down the

       pesticides though. By doing that it may save money for the farmers and help the bay but in

       the long run using less might not be as effective as using what we use now to steer clear of

        the parasites.

        Response of:  The Boaters - recreation - HburgHS

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

                                                                                                                        4/8/2010

              Yeah cutting down parasites would save money but it will also cause us to lose money

              as well the food could go bad or taste bad from the types of parasites that are being

              used .

    From:   Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       We think you have some brilliant activities; we like the whole clean up day. We think it

       would be helpful doing this activity to get our bay cleaned up but therefore if you held

       the bake sale it would be risky, because there would be people that would want to eat

       their treats there and they would leave there plates and trash around. Another thing we

       really didnít like the whole charging the polluters because you cant really control that

       and some plants need pesticides, fertilizers and sediments but you could have filter pipes

        which run off drains to clean the water better.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Yeah cutting down parasites would save money but in the long run it also might lose

       money for the fact of the food growing might go bad because of no protection and no

       one is going to buy bad food products.

 

 

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Trojan Tourists                                                                                     Hampshire High School

                                                                                                                               3/25/2010

        If you looked at the rivers that flowed to the Chesapeake Bay, you can see the

damage that has been done.  It is HIGHLY disturbing.  As tourists, we want to spend time

near the water.  We want to enjoy the beauty of it.  But where there are contaminants,

there is sickness and even death.  Many of the plants and naimals are damaged by all of the

 sick nutrients and chemicals in the water.

        According to The Washington Post, "Loads of phosphorus and nitrogen enter the bat

and tributaries from sewage plants, farm fields, polluted air, and storm-water runoff 6

times what they were 400 years ago and double what they were just 50 years ago.  There

is obviously a problem that has been observed.  But there needs to be something done.

            In our opinion, a solution for this major pollution situation is to not allow gas powered

boats due to fume leakage.  Also, more trash areas should be placed in picknick areas. 

After collecting, jobs can be assigned to those who wish to have a job or to volunteer. 

These may not have a major effect right away, but even the smallest of changes can make

a difference

 

 

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        Response        Trojan Tourists - recreation - HHS

                             To:  Imposta Kharys - CBP_Fed - GCHS

                                                                                                                        4/21/2010

              We did not direct the blame of Bay pollution on boat users.  It is the blame of

              everyone who uses the comfort and beauty of the Bay.  We are all to blame and

              must learn from our ignorant ways.  If we do not change our lifestyles to fit the

              protection and preservation of the Bay, it can never be solved.  Boaters

              contribute to some of the pollution to the Bay, but we did not direct it towards

              them.  Gasless boats is an idea that we feel will help change some of the constant

               and ongoing pollution to the Bay.  We feel, that if they embrace the idea, they

              can make a difference.  But we also need to make a change.  All of us can make a

               difference and it is not one person who causes the damage.  It is ALL of us.

 

    From:  Imposta Kharys - CBP_Fed - GCHS                                                           Ask

                                                                                                                        4/14/2010

       I agree with you that trash and other types of pollution needs to be minimized but to

       take it out on boaters by restricting gas power boats isn't fair. Yes, their boats cause

       environmental damage but not nearly as much as park attendees treating the

       Chesapeake's tributaries as one big trash can.

        Response of:  Trojan Tourists - recreation - HHS

                             To:  James Wood Tree Huggers - Other - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        4/12/2010

              Non-point pollution is not one of the most commonly thought of types of pollution by

              most beachgoers.  But you have most definantly brought this to the attention. We

              apologize for the inconsistancy of this subject. A really interesting and enthusing

              website we went to where a challenge to stop non-point pollution and to become more

              aware of it.

              http://www.epa.gov/Region3/chesapeake/challenge/index.html#challenge  explains

              and pushes the protection of the Bay.  If people made this site more public, the

              challenge would become wide spread. The Chesapeake Bay Program Office says that

              if rain water was directed towards vegetation where it can be absorbed, it is less

              likely to drain into the bay. Also, rainbarrels and pervious driveways would help

              immensly.  We hope that all eco-aware people will check out this website and make

              the challenge.  Everyone can do it, it just takes a little bit of awareness and work!

    From:   SKL Environmentalists - Other - JWHS(F)                                             Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       That is very true it so ridicules that people just throw trash where ever they feel like it.

       Every one like to go and sit by the water and feel relaxed and ease.

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I feel that you are guys are absolutely right about a lot of the ollution comping from the

       streams before the bay; although some pollution starts at the bay itself. I do think, though,

       that it's a good start, and small steps can make a big difference.

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I agree, even the smallest of changes can make a difference. Your boat theroy is an example

        of a small change. Yes the boat exhaust leaks can pollute, but there are way bigger problems

       than that. You didnt explain how to improve, or take action. In what ways can you improve

       the pollution problems? Like runoff and sewage pipes. Also non point pollution. Thats a big

       problem that needs to be addressed! Youre doin alright, but keep goin.

        Response of:  Trojan Tourists - recreation - HHS

                             To:  White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        4/7/2010

              The main reason the Bay is polluted is because of the lack of knowledge and care

              towards the environment and it's surroundings. People can be very lazy and ignorant

              to the Bay. But if we raise awareness to the damage that has been done to the Bay and

               show what can be done, people will pitch in to help. There will always be people who

              continue to ignore the actions that need to be taken, but remember that there are

              many others who are aware of what has been happening and will help in any way they

              can. Lifestyles can be changed in this way. We are pleased to hear that you agree

              with what we believe will help the restoration and protection of the Bay.

    From:   Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           4/1/2010

       I agree with what you are saying. Many people do come here and want to be close to the

       water. I also agree with putting more trash areas should be put in picnic areas.

 

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I agree with what youíre saying. As the government we need to do more about the bay,

       but we are trying to do the most to help the bay but itís not going to happen in a days

       worth. Itís a process we need to work on.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Not everyone could afford a non-gas powered boat. I think that trash cans should be

       placed around more but then again people are still going to be lazy and litter. We cant

       change that.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       i agree with your ideas. i think that would be a good idea to sort of hire people to clean

       the places up.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Gas powered boat leakage does seem to be a big problem and hiring people to clean up is

       a good idea. So overvall i think you have good ideas on eliminating poplution in the bay and

        have a good start to stop it all together.

 

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       We understand that you tourists would like to see fresh clean water and plants. As the

       government we are working on that to the best of our ability. We are trying to discover

       new and more efficient ways to save the bays.

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

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       I agree 110% with what your saying about putting more trash cans and hiring people to

       clean up. Sort of like doing community service but possibly getting paid.

    From:   JW Critters United - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                    Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

       i agree that the smallest change can make a difference. I also agree with not having

       anymore gas powered boat. Since i am a memeber of the mighty fine Critter's United.

       We the critters would please like to see some changes.

 

 

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Chuck the Purple Shoelace                                                                               East Hardy HS

                                                                                                                               3/26/2010

Recreation and tourism is important because it brings money into the Chesapeake Bay area,   

and helps out the economy on the east coast. The bays problems affect us because a dirty

bay means no one is going to visit, which means no money will be coming in from one of the

major resources in the east coast. Tourism could increase by some of the possible

solutions, meaning more money would be coming in from the east coast. The types of

solutions that would help us would be recycling, not dumping it into the bay, better waste

management, greener agriculture, driving hybrid cars, and reducing population. Most of

these solutions don't cost anything. But the others don't cost a lot, so everyone can afford

 to help the bay.

 

Two problems we have in our streams and rivers are poor nutrient quality and algae

overgrowing them. If our rivers and streams become depleted from nutrients, it is easier

from algae, and bacteria to grow. If a harmful bacterium grows it could possibly kill the

fish, that would be bad for tourism because if all the fish die, no one would come and fish.

If algae grows on top and although the water and all the kayaking and canoeing industries

we have around here will suffer.

 

The Chesapeake Bay affects tourism and recreation by affecting the amount of people

who come to visit. Many people would not want to come to a bay that is polluted or dirty

water with dead fish floating on top of the water. They would want to come someplace nice

 filled with beautiful nature. So that they could take pictures, they could even bring friends

 along with them. It's not fun to go on vacation to see someplace diluted. We understand

not everything can be perfect, although if other people keep polluting the waters there,

someday soon there may be no life there anymore, just slowly decaying.

 

 

 

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    From:   Fisherman of Mill Creek - recreation - MslmnHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       Good Job.  I really support your decision and think its a very good idea.

        Response of:  Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS

                             To:  Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        4/12/2010

              Okay no one said anything about EVERYONE buying hybrid cars. I'm just saying that

              it would be better for the enviorment if people looking to buy a car would choose a

              hybrid. And no some of those cars arent that expensive. People who dont like them

              dont have to buy them. But those people should recycle and quit all the dumping... =)

    From:   Backwoods Fishermen - recreation - HHS                                               Ask

                                                                                                                        4/12/2010

       i like all of your solutions except for the whloe hybrid car thing. i'm a country boy and i

       love my desil trucks. thats the only thing i cant agree on

        Response of:  Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS

                             To:  Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

              Thank you for your comments. If you would like to read more about the solutions you

              can go to: http://www.epa.gov/oms/invntory/overview/solutions/vech_engines.htm,

              http://www.grinningplanet.com/2008/01-08/water-pollution-solutions-article.htm,

              http://scipeeps.com/water-pollution-solutions-for-governments-and-us/,

              http://www.controllingpollution.com/water/water-pollution-solutions/. These

              websites talk about Many different ways to reduce all kinds of pollution(but mainly

              water pollution)

        Response of:  Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS

                             To:  The Feds - Other - EHHS

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

              The feds: There wasw a mix up in our POV it was ment to be reducing pollution, sory

              for the mix-up! And no we are not going to kill people. Also, about the hybrid cars, it

              is cheaper than some of the other solutions that are out there.  And hybrid cars start

              at $12,000...-inexpensive.  If people arent going to recycle, stop dumping and all the

              other stuff they're doing, then the least they could do is buy a hybrid and reduce

              pollution. They really dont have to do anything.

    From:   Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       I think you have a good point; recycling is a good idea and everything. Everyone buying

       hybrid cars isn't a good idea. A lot of people don't like those cars and will not by them and

       yes they are expensive not everyone has enough money to be buying new cars.

    From:   The Feds - Other - EHHS                                                                       Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       What do you mean by reducing population?! You're going to kill people? How can driving

       hybrid cars not be inexpensive? 

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You have a good point when you say the tourists provide most of the business in the bay. I

       would like to read about the solutions in more detail, though. Overall i think you really did a

       good job on stating the facts of the whole thing. Soooo good job. I love your name by the

      way.

        Response of:  Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS

                             To:  Environmentalists "soul" - Other - JWHS(F)

                                                                                                                        4/1/2010

              Actually it isn't wrong. When some much nutrients get into the bay and causes an

              algae bloom. It causes algae to mutliply at a fast rate, and cause them 2 use up all the

              nutrients. Then once they use it up they die of and sink to the bottom of the bay.

              Once they sink to the bottom they cover up all of that grass and other underwater

              plants at the bottom of the bay, and the bacteria that help decay the dead algae, use

              oxygen and then they go and cause what is known as Dead zones.

 

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I think your going in the right direction with the cleaner things are the more people would

        want to come to that place for tourism.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Good point. Tourism is a big way of money for the east coast which eventually probley

       pays the farmers and if we keep allowing are waste and such go into the bay, that's not

       good.

 

    From:   Environmentalists "soul" - Other - JWHS(F)                                          Ask

                                                                                                                           3/29/2010

        You have the right idea. You want to keep the area clean to attrack tourism and

       increase the amount of money you can bring in. But you must not hve done enough

       research, you said that have ing poor nutrients were leading to algae build on the surface

        of the water. That is actually completey wrong. Algae is really a sign of healthy water

       and that their are plenty of nutrients in the water to support the algae.

       (http://faq.thekrib.com/algae.html) Check this sie out for more info on what can be done.

 

 

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Coconah Blue                                                                                        Hampshire High School

                                                                                                                               3/29/2010

POV from a Recreationalist

The Cacapon River offers so much to the people of this region through swimming, fishing,

and canoeing. No one wants to swim in a green dirty river let alone eat the fish that inhabit

it. A huge contributor to the Cacapon River's poor health is the agricultural runoff carrying

 bacteria, nutrients, and sediment that flows into the river. Of course, this area relies

heavily on agriculture, however, we feel a few changes could be made that would benefit

the health of the river and its inhabitants. Organic foods should be more strongly

supported because they are grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful

pollutants that enter runoff. More jobs could even be created through the clean up,

education,and managing regulations.

 

Industrial farms have a much greater impact than private farms due to the improper

removal of animal waste and remains as well as the overuse of water which leads to

additional runoff. Industrial farms also use massive amounts of harmful presticides and

chemicals which contribute to so much of the Cacapon River's filth.

 

Waste from industrial farms can be broken down into feed for animals and fertilizer for

farms. Just that small change will reduce a significant amount of the pollution in the rivers.

 Harmful chemicals from fertilizers will also not be washing away in runoff.

 

It is not impossible to clean up the rivers. Small changes can make huge differences.

 

 

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You make alot of great points about the pollution caused by commercial farms. They seem to

       be a major contributer to the bay's problems, and stronger regulation would hopefully help to

       lower the amount of pollution that ultimatly makes its way into the Chesapeake. All that

       regulation comes with tradeoffs though. Organic food is much more expensive, because

       there is much less of a chance of a good final product in the growing. Pesticides prevent a

       good bit spoilage, and a smaller supply leads to higher prices. This is just another thing to

       consider.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       We will never have farms that are completely pesticide free just like we wonít have

       people that eat only organic. Though industrial farms have a greater impact on the bay, I

        think they are more widely used and bought from than private farms. Sure, we could

       use fewer pesticides but how long would that last? I do like the idea for more jobs to

       help clean up and it would be a good opportunity for us. 

    From:   Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       You are right no one would want to swim in dirty water and there are many ways to

       prevent this. Not everyone would agree in eating organic food because people like

       different things and many people donít like trying new things. Also there are many jobs

       which donít pollute but there are many people in the United States that need jobs and

       not everyone can work in the same areas.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       Your POV was well thought-out and its idea well explained. However, only encouraging

       the people and farmers will not do a sufficient-enough job. Consider the political front

       and how you can lobby for the creation of laws that make excessive pesticides illegal.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       True. The industrial farms runoff does cause alot of problems and that small change of

       taking the waste and turning into feed is easy and helpful. So i think that this is a good

       point.

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

                                                                                                                           3/30/2010

       I was wondering if you had anymore ideas into how you can help the pollution of the

       recreation sites and rivers? So far I strongly agree with what you have going on here.

 

 

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The Green Adventurers                                                                           Jefferson HS-Picard

                                                                                                                                  4/1/2010

As outdoorsmen who like to hike and camp, we see a lot of polluted streams.  We try our POV:

best to clean up after ourselves, but some others have a hard time doing so.  A lot of

different people are responsible for the pollution of nutrients and sediment in the bay, but

as outdoorsmen there are things we can do personally to help.  Many hikers and campers

are dumping wastes and foreign substances into the river, straying off paths and eroding

the earth which falls into the stream, and taking campers that give off harmful emissions.

  Many of these pollution problems can easily be prevented.  As campers, we can set up a

recycling system near forest trails to dispose of unwanted material, such as bug spray or

sunscreen, which pollutes the river with nutrients.  Path markers could be placed more

often on the trails so that the hikers, such as ourselves, do not stray off paths and cause

sediment to erode into the stream.  Taking campers instead of simply sleeping in tents emits

 nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere, which in turn pollutes our waters.  Getting a group of

campers together to plant trees would also be an easy way to help promote cleaner waters.

            Hikers and campers can only do so much.  We have to work together with farmers,

fishermen, and many others to create a cleaner water system.  If we all work together, we

 can reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, other nutrients, and sediment in the

Chesapeake Bay.  We are contributing to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, but there are

simple ways to help make the water cleaner.

 

 

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    From:   enviromental peeps - recreation - MslmnHS                                            Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       I agree. I love to fish and camp. it doesnt take much to clean up, peopkle just have to gte

       together and do it.

    From:   The Scapegoats - farmer - HburgHS                                                      Ask

                                                                                                                        4/19/2010

       Thank you for admitting responsibility for some of the pollution in the bay. Many times

       people who want to improve the condition of the bay try to blame others and make them

       improve. As farmers we are also taking responsibility and are glad to associate and work

       with other people who understand how their own actions can be harmful and are willing to

       change their actions to help.

   From:   Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                      Ask

                                                                                                                        4/9/2010

       I like your ideas I think they are really thought out. Yes, I agree everyone needs to unite

       so we can make a cleaner environment. I like the whole planting trees ideas.

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010               This is nicely written for the outdoorsman. They can all get together and accomplish

       little things. Its if every farmer, house owner, etc work together to make a chain of

       events. This POV is fine with me and I couldn't agree better.

 

       I agree with your statement that it's not really your fault that the polltion levels in the

       streams are so high. You have very good solution plans to help it though. Also, I like how you

       want to work together with other people, such as farmers or fishermen, instead of saying,

       like many other POVs I've come across, that it's not your fault, and not your problem.
 

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       I completely agree with everything you are saying. I like all of your ideas, especially the

       idea of putting recycle areas on the trails for certain kinds of waste. I would do what ever I

        can do as a fisherman to help with your goals. If we all work together, we can achieve it.

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       You have brought up some interesting topics. I havent thought about what campers and

       hikers can do to help. But everything you have brought up makes sence. I really think that

       your ideas for campers and hikers would make a difference. Everyone has to do their part

       though. If some just dont care, or dont feel like it, we wont make much progress. Very

       interesting ideas.

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

                                                                                                                           4/8/2010

       Your idea are all good, but they wont stop the ignorant hiker from walking off the trail and

       polutting when ever he/she feels like it. You should try to put up fences at some points in the

        trail and even pass some laws that will fine any poluters who are caught in the act.

 

 

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Fisherman of Mill Creek                                                                                    Musselman HS

Fisherman                                                                                                                4/13/2010

In the position of a fisherman I have many concerns with the water.  Pollution is a big  

problem with the water and fish.  As water runs off the roads and the parking lots, it

causes excess water to run into lakes and rivers instead of soaking into the ground.  All this

 extra water causes extra sediment to be built up into the water.  I have tried to aid in this

 by planting multiple trees along a local creek, Mill Creek Watershed.  This created a

buffer to stop extra sediment, kept the bank intact from erosion, and shaded the water

which made it cooler and that created more dissolve oxygen for the fish and benthic macro

 invertebrates.  Another problem with the running off of the roads is the pollutants such

as: oil, antifreeze, gas, power steering fluid, and brake fluid.

 

Fertilizers and sewage is another problem.  Fertilizers and pesticides sink into the ground

water and are washed into creeks and rivers causing more pollution problems. Sewage from

 drain fields and overflowing sewage plants are pollutants in creeks and rivers.  These

problems can cause the fish to get sick or even die. As a fisherman this would be horrible.

You can't eat sick or diseased fish.

 

Introduced species is a different kind of problem. New fish species could cause an

increase in the introduced fish and a drop in the native fish. They could have an advantage

over other species and offset the natural balance. For example the snakehead fish killed

many native species of fish.  This can really hurt a fisherman by getting rid of a

fisherman's food and catch.

 

 

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    From:   enviromental peeps - recreation - MslmnHS                                            Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       This pov is in very good detail. I agree that there is alot of problems in the water in this

       area. There is lots of gases and oils that causes problems.

 

 

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Tour Guide                                                                                                        Musselman HS

                                                                                                                                4/13/2010

Our stakeholder position is to preserve and restore the natural beauty of West Virginia.  

Through the mountains and urban areas throughout our state, we have a lot of natural

exhibits of wildlife and breathtaking scenery, with a ton of recreational activities. There

are many issues concerning our work. We enjoy we what are given. Many natural beauties

are being taken away from us that can be prevented. As a tour guide, we like our waters in

our state to be as clean as possible. If the waters are not, it takes away the delight I have

with my job and is replaced with disgust. This place attracts many tourists, which makes my

 job such a pleasure. Our biggest issue is the purity of our waters. We, in Harpers Ferry,

provide many recreational opportunities for canoeing, white water rafting, and fishing.

These are the biggest attractions to our tourists, besides our more than exciting history.

The purity of our waters also plays a big part in our wildlife. We want our area to be as

natural as possible and the damaging and man made renewal of these damages is not it. Us

tour guides feel very strongly about how well maintenance our surrounding areas are. It's

not just our job, but something that means a lot to us since we have all grown up in this

area. We do what we do, think what we think, and believe what we believe only for the

tourists to see West Virginia just as we do.

 

 

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enviromental peeps                                                                                             Musselman HS

                                                                                                                                4/13/2010

Recreation and tourism is very important to the environment. Specially toward watershed.  

Other things as in bays and rivers. Things such as fishing and boating. You must not

pollution in the water. That would cause a lot of problems in the fishing industry. Lots of

things revolve around the water and food. It keeps the economy rolling also. Other issues

could be the grasses around it. This could lead to more animals around the bay and rivers

which causes more food for people. The people could benefit from all these reasons.

 

 

 

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    From:   Musselman Homeowners - homeowner - MslmnHS                                    Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       How are you going to make all these ides work !? YOu have alot of good ones !!

    From:   Team MOOOOOOOO! - farmer - MslmnHS                                              Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       I totally agree with this! We really need to work on making out enviroment & Earty better!

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Enviromental Nerds                                                                          Rappahannock HS-Harman

                                                                                                                                4/14/2010

The Chesapeake Bay is greatly affected by the pollutants that come from recreation and

tourism. Different pollutants sift into the river such as trash. It floats into the rivers

through parks. Other factors that enhance the pollution in the bay are the shipping

industry, beach goers, swimmers, campers, and last but not least, pesticide. Pollution of the

 bay is an impending problem. If the bay is not cleaned up, then it will affect the entire

ecosystem of the bay. If the quality of the water is bad, then the organisms such as crabs

and fish will eventually die out. A very big part of the pollution problem is the pesticides

that farmers spray on their fields. Half of it gets washed into the Bay anyway. If farmers

decrease the amount of pesticides they use, the pollution in the bay would go down.

  Another great impact on the Chesapeake Bay is the development of urban areas. Although

cities continue to expand, the environment cannot afford this development. And its not only

cities that have an effect; it also includes the suburban areas. There are two other factors

 that are deforestation and impervious surfaces. Impervious surfaces include black tops

and buildings. They increase the amount of run off and erode streams Deforestation, or

course, kill the habitats of animals and plants. Destruction of different ecosystems will

greatly upset the biomes and impact the animals and plants in a negative way.

  The Chesapeake Bay is one of the main sources of revenue, earning millions per year in the

 form of recreation and tourism. Tons of people flock to the Bay each year to swim, camp,

and do some boating. Without the Bay none of these would be possible in this area. This is

why we have to protect the Bay, in an ac to help our economy. Without the recreation and

tourism in this area, our economy would be hurting. Not to mention all the animals that

would lose their homes and environments that they have grow so accustomed to over the

years. We can easily save the Chesapeake Bay by not polluting. Each and every person's

actions can save the Bay and our economy. We must also educate people about the

Chesapeake Bay and how important it is to save it!

 

 

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recreationalists                                                                                Rappahannock HS-Harman

                                                                                                                                4/15/2010

Recreation and tourism is one of the most important things about the Chesapeake Bay. It POV:

generates millions of dollars just out of two things. Its one of the reasons why the bay

needs to be cleaned up. This stake hold also includes boaters, fishermen, beach goers,

swimmers and many more. Pretty much everything revolves around the bay. He bay is in

really bad shape right now, because some of the natural grass is dying. When the grass of

the bay starts to die it takes away the habitat and the protection of many species, which in

turn will lead to a decline in their population. Pollution in the bay is getting worse every day

and we need to start cleaning up. The bay contains millions of different species and

pollution will kill and is killing them. The bay should be a place where tourists want to come

to swim, fish, and hang out. Other stakeholders can help stop the pollution of the bay. One

of the main reasons of the pollution is soil and sand erosion. To help prevent it farmers

need to top using all the pesticides. There are thousands of chemicals being sprayed all

over their fields, which run into the bay eventually. There is also a bunch of wastewater,

and to deal with that people should decrease the amount of water they use in their homes.

By replacing things with creeks, the people bother the ecosystems. As a result of this

pollution the Chesapeake Bay recently hit a historic low for the pollution score, but it is

steadily moving back up. We need to make sure that we take care of the organisms around

us, and the best way is to help stop the pollution. This stuff is becoming a big deal. Itís

making our streams, ponds, and bay an un-enjoyable place. If everyone would pitch in we

could make it a better place.

 

 

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    From:   enviromental peeps - recreation - MslmnHS                                            Ask

                                                                                                                        4/20/2010

       yeah your exactly right!!! Boaters do need to clean there mess upp

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Fisher Man                                                                                                         Musselman HS

                                                                                                                               4/20/2010

     Our stakeholder position is to represent the role of the fisherman. Fishermen are

confronted by many issues:  Water Pollution, Water Temp., Fish Population, Health of Fish,

Water Level, Fish Species, and Ecosystem. As sport and trophy fishermen the population and

health of the species that we aim to catch is greatly effected by pollution caused by near by

factories and human population growth. Also the clarity of the water and the amount of

sunshine effects the plant growth and life span of the fishes. Murky water affects the senses

and the diet of the fish in the area and can diminish plant life in the habitat.

     There are many solutions that many fishermen have used to help better the fishing

conditions and habitat of the fish. Waste management has caused many problems and can be

solved by building factories and dams. You can also put purifying chemicals in the water. This

helps to cleanse the water and make it clearer. You can also have inspectors to go around to the

factories and dams to make sure they are running properly and correctly.

     On the banks of the rivers or streams, the factories could build run off water passage ways

to lead away from the habitat. You could also add more fish species to reproduce and solve the

diminished species problem. More tributaries could be added to open more space for the fish

and vegetation.

 

 

 

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Fishing Family                                                                                                    Musselman HS

                                                                                                                               4/20/2010

     My family and I enjoy fishing in the rivers, ponds, and streams of West Virginia. I use a

spinning rod and spining reel with wormsw, catfish and minnows. Sometimes I catch minnows in

 their nests. I often catch catfish, trout, and bass. I enjoy boating, fishing and looking at

mountains and trees. I like to smell nature and eat the fish.

    Water pollution can harm fish in our rivers and streams. When our streams are polluted,

there is trash on the bank and the water is really dirty. It is bad for fish and everything. We

can't eat the fish from dirty water.

     Water pollution can be caused by many things. Silt goes in the river from erosion. The

fertilizer problem is when the farmer puts chemicals on the field, and then they run off to

rivers. The factory and all motor things make pollution that goes up to the clounds. This makes

acid rain. Sewage goes from the house to the river. It is better to put food waste in thewoods.

Sometimes big boats mostly in the ocean have oil spills and kill a whole lot of fish in the ocean.

The trash destroy the river and those fish get stuck in it.

     We can prevent erosion by not cutting trees beside of river, and put many rocks beside the

river to keep the dirt. Composting is more nutural for everything to grow than chemicals. The

filters make less somke it make more clean and save.WE should do car recyle of oil. You should

take care of car so it won't leak the oil in the parking lot or roads. When you go caming don't

leave the trash or anything. Just put it in the car or something and take to recycle. All plastic

and metal should be recycle so it make easier. Wewill all take care of water better if we keep

recycling.

 

 

 

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