The health of the bay is getting better, but there is still a long way to go!
A recent article published by The Chesapeake Bay Foundation reports that the health of the bay has had a 10% improvement in less than five years. Of the 13 indicators used to generate the report, there was marked improvement in five categories with only one category in decline.
The report goes on to say that with a current score of 32, we still have a long way to go in order to reach a target score of 70, which would mean a saved bay. In order to reach these goals, the CBF lists the following as their priorities for 2013:
- Fully funding the Bay Trust Fund, which is responsible for providing technical and monetary support for local jurisdictions
- Achieve pollution reduction goals by working with other jurisdictions
- Defend the advances made during last years legislative session to reduce pollution in the Maryland waterways
While there is still much work to be done, it is clear that we are definitely on the right track. As long as the many bay-related agencies continue to work together, there is no doubt that we can reach our goal in the not-too-distant future.