10/01/2010 - Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay isn't complicated. For decades now, officials have known precisely what has crippled the estuary and how to fix it. What they have not known - and don't know still - is how to persuade people to do what needs to be done.
The Bay's worst woes can be traced to three things: nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment. All come from sewers and runoff, either from farms, lawns or streets. (Nitrogen also comes from car and power plant exhaust.)
If states want to continue making progress, though, they will have to address agriculture and development. Factory farms will face stricter requirements on effluent disposal. Field farms will have to control runoff. Resistance to both efforts will be daunting.
Read the rest of the editorial Another Plan to Clean the Bay on The Virginian-Pilot's web site.