Don’t Fall for the Happy Talk on the Bay: the EPA, Maryland’s Governors and other Leaders Have Failed Us

By Gerald Winegrad, Bay Journal

At a carefully orchestrated annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council in October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Bay state governors agreed to a one-year pause to recalibrate – read “abandon” – the much celebrated Chesapeake cleanup plan.

I’m talking about the EPA “pollution diet” aimed at cleansing the Bay of environmentally harmful nutrients – its Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL to use the regulatory term.

While touting the great successes of the Bay Program and state initiatives, these putative leaders of the restoration failed to propose any new measures to achieve the TMDL-required reductions in nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment set in 2010.