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Local Government


EcoDawgs                                                                                                        Luray HS - Judd


The Chesapeake Bay is a major factor in the environment that needs to be kept clean and POV:

pollution free.  The bay has a large ecosystem and all the pollution is throwing the food

chain off its normal cycle and causing a decrease in important species such as the blue

crab and oysters. Important natural filters such as forests, oysters, wetlands, and

underwater grasses also need to be protected and restored. Maryland alone has lost more

than 75% of its wetlands. Overall, the Bay has lost 98% of its oysters, about 90 percent

of grasses, and nearly 50% of forest buffers.  Dead zones kills an estimated 75,000 tons

of bottom-dwelling clams and worms each year, enough to feed 60 million crabs annually.

But approximately 3,600 other species also make their home in and around the Bay. Of

these, 265 species are fish and 29 species are waterfowl. The human population explosion

around the Bay and increased industrial, urban, and recreational activities are filling the

waterways with pollution from chemicals, sewage, and just plain dirt. Erosion sends

sediment into the Bay and this is a huge concern.  Because of this, sunlight cannot

penetrate the murkiness and little can grow in the cloudy water. Of key concern is the

impact of nutrient pollution. This occurs when nitrogen and phosphorus from human and pet

 waste, farms, fertilizer, household chemicals, and more is pumped into the Bay from

sewage treatment plants or washes off of fields, lawns, and pavement. The nutrients cause

 algae to grow just as nutrients in fertilizer help crops and lawns grow. The abundant algae

 dies, of course, and sinks to the bottom of waterways where it uses oxygen in its

decomposition process. When plants use most of the oxygen, there is little left for animals

like the Chesapeake Bay’s signature Blue Crabs.



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    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask


       Good description of how and what the problems are. It has percentages of hibitual

       distruption and shows good information about what people can do. But this POV is lacking

       how the government itself can help or direct.

    From:   SKL Environmentalists - Other - JWHS(F)                                             Ask


       It  will be a really good thing and step to do if we clean up the bay and stuff

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask


       i agree that the pollution in the water is throwing off the food chain because the animals are

        decreasing from the pollution. in my opinion i think we should put up signs and plant buffers

        so the pollution doesn't affect the animals as much

    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask


       You mave a VERY great point. Its not what one person is going to do, its what WE are ALL

       going to do! Remember that not just ONE person can change the watershed, it will take

       everyone that lives around it.

    From:   JW Critters United - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                    Ask


       I agree with your statement. i like that you put specific facts. Also it looks like you have the

       problem figured out so far.

        Response of:  EcoDawgs - local_gov - LHS(J)

                             To:  United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)


              I don't think the question is what am I going to do about it, rather what are we all

              going to do about it.  This is not a problem that can be solved by one person or even

              one group.  You can help reduce the impact on any environment by simply going

              "green".  By reducing your own impact on the environment you will help solve the

              problem.  Even if you going green only helps marginally it is still something and a step

               in the right direction.

        Response of:  EcoDawgs - local_gov - LHS(J)

                             To:  Healthcare Hero - local_gov - HHS


              We will do some research and let you know some solutions to the problem of nutrient

              pollution when we get time.

        Response of:  EcoDawgs - local_gov - LHS(J)

                             To:  Emperor's of the Land - farmer - JWHS(F)


              Whether the information is in paragraph form or not does not matter.  The facts are

              still there.  My opinion(note the correct spelling)of the matter is the Chesapeake Bay

              is of extreme importance and is extremely influential to not only the lives of animals

              but also to us humans.  Beaches around the Chesapeake Bay are periodically closed

              due to high bacteria levels in the water.  Swimmers are sickened by pathogens and

              skin infections.  This is obviously unacceptable and needs to be fixed.  As to how it

              can be fixed, I do not know.  Once we have further researched the matter we will

              post some solutions.  And just to humor you we will put it in paragraph form and make

              sure there is a generous sprinkling of opinions.

    From:   Trojan Tourists - recreation - HHS                                                        Ask


       your POV is very informative and explains how much concern people should have for the

       rivers, but what are some things that you could do to solve these problems


    From:   Lexicon Farmer Inc - farmer - JWHS(F)                                               Ask


       I really liked how you put specific facts in this POV statement so we could realize what

       is happening around us. One thing I would suggest is that you should probably put ways

       that some of these problems could be fixed. Another thing I would suggest that is you

       talk more about how government contributes to the watershed since that is the role you

       are playing.


    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask


       It seems that you have the problem figured out very, and you have deffinetly did you

       share of research. However, what are you going to do to solve it?


    From:   Healthcare Hero - local_gov - HHS                                                        Ask


       You have identified the problem that needs to be solved well.  However, how do you

       propose to solve the problem of nutrient pollution?


    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask


       I see where you have named the problems about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed's

       problems, but what are you going to do to help decrease the level of pollution or prevent

       it from getting any worse? Don't get me wrong, it is a good start to get to know the

       things that need work, I would just like to know the actions that the local government

       will take part in to either help or hinder the growth of non-pollution in this watershed.

    From:   James Wood Tree Huggers - Other - JWHS(F)                                     Ask


       As a tree hugger I found the positive spin towards cleaning up the bay refreshing. It is

       good to hear about cleanup procedures that work in the bay.

    From:   Emperor's of the Land - farmer - JWHS(F)                                          Ask


       Good information and facts but in my oppion is was just to many straight facts. Also

       there was only 1 long dragged out paragrapgh and your details and facts were not

       backed up with your own oppions.



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Local Government

Healthcare Hero                                                                                   Hampshire High School


As a stakeholder of a healthcare official, it is relevant to monitor the health of the local

society by managing the proper maintenance of local sanitation.  With the Chesapeake

Watershed a major element of the eastern coast states� local sanitation, it is important

for us to incorporate good habits in our daily lives that affect the conditions of the

Watershed, so that our health as affected by the Watershed sanitation is maintained.


Our daily actions contribute largely to the nonpoint pollution of the Watershed.  Almost

90% of our streams that collect the rainwater that runs off from our home properties

eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay.


This runoff can pick up the chemical pollution that we leave on the ground.  This chemical

pollution includes antifreeze that we drain from our cars to change after our long winter,

and the salt that we have left to melt the snow.   So, not only for the sake of the health of

 animals that can easily poison themselves with the consumption of antifreeze that we leave

 on our driveways, but also for the sake of the health of the Watershed and ultimately our

own health, we should be more conscientious about the ostensibly insignificant pollution that

 we leave in making the roads better to drive on and in our vehicular maintenance.


Not only chemical, inorganic wastes can pollute the Watershed, but even the disposal of

organic waste, such as leftover food and dead plants and leaf litter, can cause extraneous

nutrition pollution that causes the hypoxia of the Watershed.  The superfluous nutrients in

the Chesapeake Bay can contribute to the increasing hardness of our water, or the lack of

fluorine in our water, which can therefore increase the number of cases of dental caries,

and the lack of proper cleanliness that hard water cannot provide when we take our baths.

 Therefore, instead of throwing our organic debris in the roads or on ground where they

can run into the streams, they ought to be thrown in organic grounds, such as forests.




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        Response        Healthcare Hero - local_gov - HHS

                             To:  The Farming Deer Assasins - farmer - EHHS


              The only practical solutions I propose are that we should just be more

              conscientious about our daily actions.  Think more carefully about what we do in

              life.  Why do we throw leaf litter into the streams and rivers, when we can enrich

               our gardens with them?  Why do we drain our vehicular fluids directly into the

              roads, when we can use pans to catch the fluids?  Why do we burn our trash,

              leaving them for the chance for them to be drained into streams, when we can kill

               two birds with one stone, so to speak, by recycling our trash, and keep our

              streams cleaner AND save our resources?  These, and many other small things

              you yourselves can think of, are things you and I can do as we are sitting here

              collaborating with our ideas.

        Response        Healthcare Hero - local_gov - HHS

                             To:  Wacka Flocka Developers - developer - GCHS


              Regardless of whether OUR pollution directly or indirectly affects or not, our

              daily irresponsible actions would eventually, if not immediately, harm the health of

               organisms living in the waters in or near the Chesapeake Bay.  On second thought,

               this may in turn affect us eventually.  Of course we wouldn't want to harm the

              health of other lives, whether they be human life or other animal life.  As a self-

              proclaimed "Healthcare Hero," I speak for the health of other animals as well as

              for humans.

    From:   Wacka Flocka Developers - developer - GCHS                                        Ask


       I'm not too sure about the part where the chemicals will run off into our drinking water

       and affect the water we use in our homes. First of all because most of our water comes

       from the Potomac River, not the Chesapeake Bay, and when it is taken from the Potomac, it

        is taken first to the water treatment plant and is treated to a level that makes it usable to

       us in homes.

    From:   The Farming Deer Assasins - farmer - EHHS                                         Ask


       It seems to us that you only stated a lot of the problems. What are some of your solutions?

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask


       Once again you are another group that is speaking from a homeowners perspective.

       You all have great reasons why the pollution is dangerous and how it gets there. I want

        to hear strategies on ways to reduce the pollution as a plan. I want to hear how YOU

       the government are going to solve problems thoughout the area.


    From:   FC Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                   Ask


       We as the government think it is a very good idea t monitor our sanitation. Now that you

       brought that up, it does play a big role in our pollution. We're not sure how we could do this

       though. do you have any ideas??

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask


       I like how you give alot facts and detail it very specifically. i agree that it is important to

       create good habits. also it is important to make sure the sanitation is maintained and in good


    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask


       There are other serious pollutants affecting the watershed, that cars. We need to improve

       all of the pollutants rather than just one.

        Response of:  Healthcare Hero - local_gov - HHS

                             To:  United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)


              Yes, there are many other examples of vehicular pollution.  This makes it even more

              important for us to be more environmentally conscientious about the minute details

              of our daily lives.  Also think about the salt we put out onto the road to melt the snow,

              the leaf litter that we throw out onto the pavement or into the streams directly (this

              can contribute to superfluous nutrients being put into the bay), etc.

    From:   master moonkufu - local_gov - HHS                                                        Ask


       You have very detailed facts on how the land and water is effected. Your segment on the

       chemicals effect with the change of season was very informative.


    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask


       The general idea was good, and it all made sense, but i think you missed a view important

       details. On the subject of chemicals coming out of our cars, there are a lot more than

       just anti freeze; you also got gasoline, oils, transmission fluids, etc.


    From:   Emperor's of the Land - farmer - JWHS(F)                                          Ask


       Good information. It grabbed my attention and I agree with your point of veiw. The

       details and facts were backed up with your own oppions.



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Local Government

FC Government                                                                                James Wood HS - Fordyce


We are important to the Chesapeake Bay watershed because we can make clubs to help   

look after the watershed. We can also help the watershed by making laws that prevent

people from throwing trash in the roads and anywhere else. Even though that's already a

law we could possibly make it better.

  The watershed affects us because we need fresh water to drink and bathe in. If we have

dirty water we will be sick more often. The economy doesn't need that to happen. Also

without fresh water we wouldn't be able to cook food because no one wants to eat food

that came out of nasty water.

  Over the years the watersheds have been polluted to an extent that makes species living in

 the water very difficult. People constantly complain that there is no solution to the amount

 of trash in the rivers. The Government has come to the conclusion of raising taxes so we

can create enough money to clean out the watersheds so the people and critters can live

happily. We have thought of the fact that not all people have jobs, and to raise taxes would

 put them more in debt. That's why we thought of the solution to give the jobless people

simple jobs of physically cleaning out the streams. It's kind of like doing a community

service, only you'll get paid a small wage for helping out your town's local watershed. Once

the watershed is as clean as we could possibly make it, taxes would be lowered again.             

  Another way to prevent further pollution is to make the sewer screens smaller than those

 bulky screens that can fit a sizeable amount of trash in them. The whole purpose of the

sewer screens is to collect water, not trash. We could also set up cameras periodically

down a river or along side a road, and by sewer screens. Anyone who is caught on tape

littering, will pay a small fine and so forth be paying to help clean up what he or she

carelessly threw away into the river, screen, or along side the road. We defiantly hope to

accomplish our goal in cleaning up the polluted world before it becomes too late.




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    From:   The Boaters - recreation - HburgHS                                                       Ask


       We agree that the local government can inspire people to think more environmental

       friendly.  Not only can the government inspire but they can also enforce this behavior. 

       We are happy that you are willing to change the outlook on the Bay for its clean up.

        Response        FC Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)

                             To:  Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS


              Well we didn't plan on only using prison inmates to help clean up the bay. We were

               also going to hire people who need money to help and we could pay them hourly.

    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask


       I agree with the person in my White Hall Government that Taxing doesnt solve


    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask


       I don't understand how you can make the law of making it illegal to litter better? I guess

       cameras would work but I don't think it would make a major difference. I disagree with

       raising taxes so we could better the watershed, but do like the idea of hiring people who

       need a job to clean up the bay for a small wage.

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask


       I do agree with some of your solutions to help with the pollution problems. I would like to

       know some of the laws or improvement of laws that you would like to pass, though.

    From:   EMRT Farmers - farmer - JWHS(F)                                                       Ask


       i dont agree that if the government raises taxes to help clean out the bay it will help at all

       because once we get it cleaned out people are just going to keep polluting and that would be a

        waste of money. plus the economy is in debt so i dont see where the money we dont have is

       goin to help us.

    From:   Chuck the Purple Shoelace - recreation - EHHS                                    Ask


       I like your plan, but you can not rely on the inmates to do everything for the watershed.

       Because once you clean up the watershed, you have to mantain the causes of the problems

       which you are haveing. So the for prision inmates can not do it all.

    From:   James Wood Tree Huggers - Other - JWHS(F)                                     Ask


       i think that there is a better way than to have taxes go up. we should have a fundraiser or

       some donations. there are some people that care about the bay.

        Response        FC Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)

                             To:  Ticked off Trout - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)


              i appreciate your comment on our plans. Though i recieved another comment

              suggesting to have prision inmates clean instead of raising taxes on middle class


        Response        FC Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)

                             To:  United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)


              I see your points in what you have to say, and yes we don't exactly want to raise

              taxes on the middle class people who are already struggling to pay bills. Using

              prison inmates to clean up the trash would be more effective and convenient.

              We think that your idea about having people in jail help clean up the bay is a very

              good idea. We agree that it would be a better idea instead of raising taxes. We

              will take that into consideration.


    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask


       Well i think there are better ways to take care of the bay than to raise taxes and hire

       people. I feel like maybe just making people in jail do it, rather than raising taxes on the

       middle class; which is already hurting enough in this economy.

    From:   Troop Big-Horn - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                  Ask


       I feel like you’re enforcing too much pressure onto the community the community is

       going to do as they please unless you have something for them in return, what are you

       going to do to get them to be influenced or motivated to get them to work on these

       problems? But for the most part I agree with what you’d like to do id just think more

       details into depth with what you’re doing or how you’re going to do it


    From:   Ultimate Anglers - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                              Ask


       I like your group's ideas on how to prevent people from poluting, but unfrortunatly all of

        those ideas will cost government money that your group has already stated they did not

       want to spend. Other than this slight downfall in your plans, your other statements make

        sense and have a fair amount of merit to them. It would also make sense to consider

       that most of the water we bathe in and drink does not come from the bay.

    From:   Ticked off Trout - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                        Ask


       i like all the points made that if we need the water to be clean that way we wont get sick

        and we need it to cook and everything else bascially stating that if the water wasnt

       clean that we would be able to survive. and when it said in here that people hould have ot

        pay a fine for littering and help clean out the bay i think that wold be a good thing for

       the government to do & and it would be more help from someone cleaning out the bay.



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Troop Big-Horn                                                                               James Wood HS - Fordyce


The Chesapeake Bay watershed is the cornerstone for our culture�s economic development 

 and the continual maintenance of our basic way of life. The current state of the

Chesapeake demands immediate attention and action from American citizens and politicians.


    A few simple steps can restore the Chesapeake to the blissful state that it was before

human-hands disturbed its flourishing atmosphere: things like the filtering of storm drains,

mandating tree and grass buffers, limiting of pesticides, the creation and conservation of

greenery in urban areas, voluntary and involuntary action by the Chesapeake Bay

watershed's citizens, creating of water-treatment plants, stricter construction site

guidelines, and forced-creation and use of only biodegradable material by our nation's


    The filtering of storm drains would be a relatively expensive process but a very

effective process in limiting the pollutants that reach the Bay. Every day, thousands of

harmful chemicals and solid waste pass through storm drains into streams, creeks, and

rivers that flow directly into the Chesapeake. Filtering our cities storm drains will help

prevent and limit this.

    As implemented according to our plan, tree and grass buffers would be placed along

every flowing water source that livestock have excess to, and that crops, and the runoff

from, are near. The tree and grass buffers will help stop pollutants dead in their tracks

before they reach a flowing water source that could lead directly to the Chesapeake. By

law, volunteers, and government supplied funds, these buffers would be placed within the

next five years.

    Limiting pesticide usage by commercial and private farms would be an extensive process

with promising results. Implemented according to our plan, pesticide usage would be limited

by law, and those who violate this rule by using more than allotted will be fined (revenue

for further restoration of the Bay).

    The subsidization of greenery in urban areas would be a critical element in limiting the

overall pollution in the Chesapeake. Tearing up old and abandoned areas of a city and

replacing them with greenery would be both a visual marvel for a worn-down city and an

economically conscious decision. Not only this, but the greenery would capture runoff from

 streets and sidewalks loaded with pollutants before it had the chance to enter a water

source leading to the Chesapeake.

    Perhaps the most efficient and cost-effective way to improve the current state of the

Chesapeake is the increased implementation of the judicial-system's inmates in the process

of cleaning our roads, sidewalks, streams, and other polluted areas. The process would

justify our investment in our nation's inmates as a source of labor for their food and

continual comfort. Also, our plan would encourage and reward the voluntary action of our

citizens to clean our roads, sidewalks, streams, and other-polluted areas, and punish those

who do pollute and litter with intent.

    The creation of water-treatment plants at the delta of every Chesapeake water source

would greatly limit pollutants before entering the Bay, as well as create thousands of

stable jobs. The plants would cost much to create and operate, but the payoff has the

potential to outweigh the detriments.

    Runoff from construction sites, excelled by the lack of vegetation during the

construction process, causes a non-ignorable source of pollutants. With stricter guidelines

regulating construction sites, this source of pollution could be greatly decreased; better

silt fences, and better clean-up efforts at the end of every day could contribute a great

deal of cleanliness to the Chesapeake.

    A large quantity of litter found on our roads, sidewalks, and in our water sources are all

 restaurant waste. Millions of drink cups and paperbags from restaurant consumers litter

our environment. By forcing restaurants to use environmentally conscious materials to

create these items, the disposal of these everyday items will be less harmful to our environment and the Chesapeake.
    The Chesapeake can no longer be ignored, and it is required that action be taken today; before it is too late for our water and the creatures, plants, economic, and social opportunities that dwell there.




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    From:   The Hand that Feeds - farmer - JWHS(F)                                            Ask


       I like the way this was written. Very well explained. However you should provide us

       farmers with money in banning pesticides because its for the health of our crops and

       pesticides preserve our crops and we can produce more.

        Response of:  Troop Big-Horn - local_gov - JWHS(F)

                             To:  Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)


              thank you for your agreement everything we do is for you!!


    From:   Super fishy fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                      Ask


       We think you have great ideas. We agree with your idea of filtering storms drains. We

       also like the idea of you guys placing buffers and trees to stop pollutants. The idea that

       I most liked was fining people who use too much pesticides.

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask


       Very well written and good ideas. Maybe a little over the top though...but good job.



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Local Government

White Hall Government                                                                  James Wood HS - Fordyce


The Government 


The reason that we are important to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed is because we have to

approve what all goes on that has to deal with the clean up with the day. The bays problems

 affect us by how much money goes out the door for the clean up. One of the solutions

would be to remove farms around the bay area and put in water treatment plants, but the

problem with that would be no farms no food. Plus the money would be flowing in from the

tax payers to put further these practices. Another effect of this would be the loss of

money for the government and the people in the communities.

To approach our solution, we should take everything slowly and thing everything through

that way there is no mess ups at all. An approach to clean up the bay would be to give the

people in charge of the clean up money to build adequate buffers and water treatment

plants. Another approach would be to have farms find a designated spot on the farms to

put there manure. Also this would affect us because we would be losing billions of dollars in

 conservation programs.


--Farming- the problems with the bay affect the farmers because everyone blames it on

them. So how it effects us is the farmers come to us asking for money to improve there


--Fishing- pollution and chemicals are killing the fish or poisoning them. And the reason we

come into play with this is because the fisherman comes to us and asks for money and has

us waist our time to make up bills and laws to help.

--Environmentalists- it affects them because they want to keep the bay clean and they

want to keep the community involved. We come into play with them because we give money

to them to clean up the bay.


All of the solutions that I have listed will affect us tremendously. Because we are the

government and we control everything that goes on in the country. We would definitely

have to give up a lot of our time to spend thinking about what we have to do to help. The

solutions will benefit us directly because we control most of the money flow. Our group

participates enough in this clean up I don't think that our group would have to do much

more. The solutions could change where the community and the environmentalists would

have everything ready where we could look it over and decide weather to give them money

or not. I think that if this group disappeared, people wouldn't be able to survive and the

environmentalists wouldn't have as much funding or any at all.




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    From:   Streaks for Environment - homeowner - HburgHS                                  Ask


       We agree on your approach to cleaning up the bay. We like your idea on finding a place

       an adequate place to store the manure so that it doesn’t run into the streams. It would be

       difficult to manage, if the solution is found then it will have a positive result. Since you

       are the government you get the power to choose how you want your money spent.

    From:   The Purple Fly pigs - Waterman - EHHS                                                Ask


       well what are the farmers sapose to do ?/

    From:   The Hand that Feeds - farmer - JWHS(F)                                            Ask


       Farmers get blamed for all the problems. Without us alot of people would starve and we

       should be giving alot more credit. So i feel it's not our responsiblity to fix this problem its

        the government or the eviromentalist.

        Response of:  White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)

                             To:  United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)


              The White Hall Government is not blaming the farmers.  I think your P.O.V is good

              but I feel that it would cost more than what you all think.  I would like to know what

              important information that we missed.  if i was blaming farmers for pollution i must

              be blaming myself because [in addition to being a government official] im a farmer

              and i dont like people telling me that im polluting so i tell them to leave.


    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask


       On the subject of the farmers you missed a lot of important information. The local

       farmers provide a lot of the fruits and vegetables in the area, along either many other

       important items like beef, chicken, milk, etc. So you can't just blame us for the pollution.

    From:   Troop Big-Horn - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                  Ask


       Your ideas would be very effective if implemented, but, as you said yourself, the

       implementation of these ideas would be next to impossible. The removal of farms along

       the Bay can not, and will not happen; you must consider other ways to clean-up the bay,

       such as mandating better farming practices amongst the farms along the Bay.



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master moonkufu                                                                                  Hampshire High School


The main problems effecting the Chesapeake Bay are the runoff of soil and pesticides, POV:

swege deposits, the destruction of the forests, and Urban runoff.  One way to deal with

the problem is removing the sewege.  We could purify the wastes to reuse the nutrients. 

Lews should be renewed for urban developements to recycle.  The urban runoff should be

focused into an area that will be resourced for valuable minerals and nutrients.  These

nutrients can be sold to or redistributed in farms.  The factories could also be upgraded to

 produce less pollution.  To the farms, I believe the best solutions come from the BMPs

implemented in the North Fork Project.  Things such as installing streamline banks,

establishing filter strips, and stabilizing critical eroding areas have been shown to help

decrease the pollution from the runoff of the farms.  Though many problems face the

Chesapeake Bay.  If we continue to make minor adjustments, the solutions will be

outnumbering the pollution.



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    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask


       yes but why is your government important?

    From:   Mammalpalooza - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                           Ask


       I like what you have covered. This is a good solution on ONE problem but it is very well

       explained. Basically whatever one group of people (farmers,etc) use then another group use

       their waste or products. Its all like a giant recycling bin.

    From:   FC Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                   Ask


       I agree with what your saying in all ways necessary for helping the ecosystem. Just keep

       thinking of minor adjustments and the problem will eventually be solved

    From:   A environmentalists group - Other - JWHS(F)                                       Ask


       yes if we do make adjustments here and there it will make a big difference.i just think that

       people are too lazy to ever help with something that will save their may take a few

       years for everything to get cleaned up.but if we do it little by little it is sure to help the


    From:   JW Critters United - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                                    Ask


       I agree with your statement. But how much is it going to cost? Also where will you put the

            swege when you remove it?


        Response of:  master moonkufu - local_gov - HHS

                             To:  Four Fish and an Otter - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)


              I will make it a non-profit plan to help fund it. However, if the communities will not

              respond to this offer, then, it will be left to taxes. The cost for some of the projects

              might be too much, but there are many that are realitively minute.


    From:   Four Fish and an Otter - CB_Ecosystem - JWHS(F)                              Ask


       You state the problems in the bay and you prose some really good solutions.  Approximately

       how much will these solutions cost the local government? Will the citizens pay taxes to

       support it or anything along those lines? 


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                             To:  master moonkufu - local_gov - HHS


              The sewege is not costly to purify and not even nessesary to do so.  It could be

              spread out to the forests to stimulate tree growth.  Also, factories are already

              being made to invent ways to reduce the pollution that they produce.


    From:   White Hall Government - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                      Ask


       I think that you guys have excellent solutions. The only problem is that they will probably

        cost a bunch of money. We need to find more efficient ways to clean the bay that will

       save us money.

       I agree with all the problems that are affecting the bay but how do you plan do remove

       the sewage? Where would urban runoff be resourced for nutrients and minerals when

       its just pollution? Also how do you expect factories to produce less pollution? I highly

       doubt they’ll change how they run to produce less pollution. I do agree with the minor

       adjustments overtime will help the bay. 

    From:   United Farmers of the Chesapeake - farmer - JWHS(F)                       Ask


       Your ideas are very good and mostly reasonable. However on the sewage idea i feel like

       trying to filter it would cost to much money. Just a thought.

      I don’t think there is a main problem with pollution. There’s many problem with pollution

       not just one.

    From:   Troop Big-Horn - local_gov - JWHS(F)                                                  Ask


       your ideas are very good the little things are important and need to be delt with. in uban

       areas if we could get citie officals to help plant trees and have more parks and open lots

        we could slow down and control the amount of runoff coming from urban areas.

       Your POV used an example, which is critical in persuading your audience. However, you

       must consider the cost of your projects. How will you pay for your suggestions if


    From:   Triple J & CB fishermen - Waterman - JWHS(F)                                  Ask


       I like this kind of solution. Baby steps usually do work the best. Because if you do jump

       into something big like a major clean-up things won’t work out as best as you want it to.

       These little solutions are going to help the water and other people like the fishermen,

       farmers, homeowners…etc.



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Group 6                                                                                            Rappahannock HS-Harman


 As part of our local government, it is very important to start recognizing the problems POV:

that are occurring in the Chesapeake Bay.  If we do not take a stand and start getting

serious about protecting our bay, one day it will disappear.

 During the time period 1600 to 1950, about 1.7 million acres of the Bay were developed. 

In the 30 years between 1950 and 1980, the Bay lost 2.7 million acres.  We as people of

this community need to work together to start restoring the Bay's health.  The realtors and

 contractors of our area can start banning together to find areas that are not directly

part of the bay.  This way, the land surrounding the Bay can be conserved and the

ecosystem can remain stable.

 One step would include improvements to our basic things like storm drains or barren land

on the Bay.  An idea for the storm drains would include a better filtration system.  Very

simply, at the end, include a series of mesh bags that get finer and finer.  The bags would

capture things that are too big to fit through.  When full, crews could take them out and

replace them with a new bag.  The full bags would be carried off to a landfill to be

dumped, then to another area where they are cleaned, repaired, and carried of to replace

another full bag. The barren land has an even simpler solution with the planting of Riparian

Buffer Zones. This would hold back sediments from entering the Bay. These two alone can

drastically decrease the sedimentation and pollution in the Bay and bring back undersea

plant life.

 Pesticides washing into the Chesapeake Bay have also become a big concern.  Whenever it

rains, the litter and chemicals wash into the river, and eventually the Bay.  Many of the

citizens that litter or spill oil or antifreeze do not realize the harm that they are causing to

 the surrounding areas. One solution would be to set up programs to make the people in our

community more aware of the problem that is at hand. A second solution could again be the

 Riparian Buffer Zones. Not only do these zones slow down sediments from entering the

Bay, but also filter out these harmful substances.  In turn, there would be a drop in algae

blooms, which can stop the photosynthesis of the plant life or kill off local ecosystems.

 Something must be done about the problems with the Chesapeake Bay.  The habitat is being

 destroyed little by little.  Our animals are dying and eventually the Bay as we know it will

no longer exist.  Everyone in our community: the government, farmers, realtors,

homeowners, etc, must work together to change the way that we live in order to protect

where we live.



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    From:   Durdy Developers - developer - GCHS                                                     Ask


       Good points. Your solutions were excellent but, a question that I have though is how

       involved should the government be?

       You listed many Reactive government actions that would help reduce the problem, but

       what about Proactive solutions that would eliminate some problems at the source? Do

       you think that maybe the government should go so far as to Ban the use of certain

       chemicals or ban certain dumping actions? Should the government require a higher

       certain level of filtration before storms drains or sewage drains dump their contents

       into the bay? The government has extensive power, but how much of it should it use

       and how much should be left to the citizens do you think?



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