To the Editor: Saving the Chesapeake

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On Saving the Chesapeake Bay

The Marlene Condon July story on saving the Chesapeake Bay reminded me of Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz.” This article, while seeking to convert all of Virginia into a government-directed  “natural landscape area,” succeeds in blaming farmers, hunters and homeowners (those with lawns) for the state of the Chesapeake Bay. Computer modeling information describing the demise of the earth and all wildlife must be based upon recent data, since records are relatively recent. Environmentalists cannot tell us the damage done by the volcanic cloud over Europe a couple of years ago versus damage by burning fossil fuels. However, geologists can tell you that the Blue Ridge Mountains are not part of the Appalachian Mountains simply because they host the Appalachian Trail and this is based upon science.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informed me that the impact of chemicals spread on highways and roads for snow/ice removal has never been studied. Imagine how many chemicals from the streets of Baltimore and Washington are pouring into the Chesapeake Bay. We have a serious over-population of most wildlife in Virginia and coyotes and stick bugs have had zero impact on population control. Bottom-line: “We want EPA regulations based upon scientific sampling and not results from computer modeling.” (Albemarle County Farm Bureau, 2013 Federal & State Resolutions).

 

Louis Eaton
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