Unfortunately, it cannot be disputed that our beloved Bay faces many challenges. These challenges remain in spite of the billions of dollars already spent over the last several decades in attempt to revive the Bay. By bringing as much attention as possible to the Conowingo Dam, which is the single largest source of pollution to the Bay and poses the greatest threat to Bay restoration efforts at every level, the Coalition is geared to effect change. By pointing out that currently no one is responsible for dredging or otherwise addressing the enormous amounts of accumulated nutrients and sediments above the Conowingo Dam, the local government officials of the Coalition are promoting an overdue and well deserved public policy discussion about the smartest, most cost-effective means to save the Bay while advancing local economies in the process.
It's time for us to take a step back and reexamine the overall Chesapeake Bay watershed picture, and to recognize the perfect storm which is brewing as a result of the convergence of political, economic, governmental, regulatory, environmental and special interest forces – not to mention the power of Mother Nature herself. We must immediately reprioritize what we do and how we spend to improve the current poor water quality of the Bay.
Satellite images of the Chesapeake Bay: