The Potomac Highlands Watershed School
Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum
Group: JMF Boaters: Environmental Science Hampshire High School, 2nd Block We are representing the commercial and recreation boaters. By representing the commercial and recreation boaters we’re going to speak about the intriguing problems of the Chesapeake Bay that is going to give us boaters a hard time and complications for business and pleasure. The problem that affects us the most is that the Chesapeake Bay is going shallow due to the sediment deposits. Also a big problem is the debris that contaminates the water the aquatic life and our boats. This affects the fishermen because they fish in the water that is contaminated. People don't want to eat anything that came out of a contaminated place. We need to control the run off to reduce the amount of the sediments being deposited in the bay. We the boaters feel that paying a small tax or a small boat ramp fee to keep the bay clean would be more helpful to us the boaters and to the community. With the tax money and/or the boat ramp fee would go to stream side areas that are identified as having the biggest erosion problems and they would be kept maintained. With the bay clean it makes it a more beautiful place to live, fish, and do other recreational activities. REVISED 4/28/06
Group: fisherman of America Hampshire High School, Environmental Science, 4th Block This resource is important to us, the recreational fisherman and boaters. It is valuable to us because fishing is something we do after we go to work or when we get home from long days at school. We go fishing to relax and to have a fun with our family and friends. Without fishing more children would turn to turn to video games and not spend time outside and enjoy the outdoors. If there was less fishing in the Chesapeake Bay fewer tourists would come and there would be a loss of profit. Our group is important to the bay because everyone from cities goes the bay and uses it for recreational purposes. Our group helps control the fish population in the Chesapeake Bay and makes up a large percentage of people that uses the bay daily.
One of the things we could do to resolve the problem on hand would be to stop dumping some much waste and debris into rivers and lakes. Another resolution could be to have restrictions on how much fertilizers and nutrients can be used on fields so there will be less amounts of it going into the water systems. Something soon has to be done!
Group: B.A.S.S-Justin, Veronica, Tommy, Dusty, Danny, and Jared. Environmental Science Hampshire High School, 2nd Block Revised POV Statement: As the recreational fishermen in the B.A.S.S organization we understand that it is time to take action concerning the watershed problems we are experiencing. The sediment and nutrients that are being released down stream are causing great harm to the fish and the sport we love. These problems can be alleviated by placing more strict regulations on the municipal and agricultural organizations. Also, sewage treatment would help to lessen the amount of nutrients being released into the water. All in all, these problems need to be stopped before the area is ruined for not only us, but other people who enjoy fishing there as well. REVISED 4/28/06
Attention: Pollution Problem in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Region! There is a major problem with the Chesapeake bay, including the gigantic watershed that feeds it. Farms, businesses, industries, and human-made products, in general, are a major reason for our widespread problem in many streams and rivers. Why care about watersheds? Care about watersheds because they are where we live, such as in mountainous areas like West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands. How we care for our water today determines the quality of our water in the future. Earth’s water is always moving, and the hydrologic cycle, or water cycle, describes the steady movement of water on, above, and below the surface of our Earth. Like most cycles, there is really no beginning or end, which means it steadily repeats itself. Water changes during the water cycle among liquid, vapor, and ice at various times and places in the water cycle. This so called “ water cycle” has been happening for over millions of years. For instance, the water in the apple you ate yesterday may have fallen as rain half-way around the world last year or could have been used 100 million years ago by a dinosaur to wash off. The major concern is the quick increase in pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus getting into the 64,000 square mile watershed, which takes it right to the bay! Nitrogen and phosphorus causes living organisms to grow more rapidly, which in turn, can cause many problems with water purity and clarity. Something needs to be done SOON! I live near a few streams and rivers that are really fun to fish. Each year, for as long as I can remember, I have been fishing these local streams and rivers and had great luck, though, during the last few years, I have noticed a few changes w/ the river’s rocks. Being that I am an overboard trout fisherman, I have chest waders for fishing the far out and “hard to fish” fishing holes. These waders have caused me to notice the slick, slimy material that seems to grow on the rocks, and of course, in the water. Also, I have noticed over amounts of algae building up along the shores and in calm water. I believe that something should be done. Every human being is faced with paying bills and staying in control financially, but without water we can not live, and in order to have water, it will cost money. We need to get financial aid, and start solving the pollution problem.
Group: FCB (Fishermen of the Chesapeake Bay): Petersburg High School, Biology
Fisherman, The Chesapeake Bay is the largest and most productive estuary and has often been referred to as the "crown jewel" of the United States' 850 estuaries. More than 3,200 species of plants and animals and some 300 types of fish, crabs, clams and oysters live there. Together, they have a commercial value of more than $1 billion annually. (1) The bay is receiving excess nutrients in the water produced by over fertilization of crops and cattle farm runoff. Shoreline litter is washed from roadways into storm drains that carry it to creeks, rivers and the Bay. In addition to being a public eyesore and nuisance, it can be harmful to fish and wildlife. Litter and debris also can clog wetlands and reduce their effectiveness as buffers from runoff and as shelter for wildlife. Marine debris such as oil drums, abandoned boats and old engines can be hazards to boaters and swimmers. (2) The fishing in the Chesapeake Bay is being hampered by the amount of debris and algae growth in the bay. The loss of nets and equipment in the bay because of debris are causing loss of profit and higher prices in goods. Pollutants cause fish to become diseased and dangerous to consume. This causes fishermen to face drops in profit because of smaller yielding seasons. Solutions to the problems include taxing the farmers and businesses that contribute to the watershed, and use the money gained to clean up the trash already in the bay. Stop the pollution from continuing by setting strict regulations and fines on primary contributors of pollution. References 1.http://goliath.ecnext.com/comsite5/bin/pdinventory.pl?pdlanding=1&referid=2750&item_id=0199-2775678 2. www.cbf.org/clean