Recreation & Tourism
Great White Buffalo
James Wood HS
Our group is important to the Chesapeake Bay because we
show people the beauty of the
bay and how people can have fun in these areas. We
generally make the revenue for the
states bordering the bay. We also create jobs for those
people who have been laid-off. A
percentage of the money can go to cleaning up the area.
It can also go to cleaning up the
The pollution will affect the tourism industry in many
ways. The first way is that it would
force businesses to close down due to low income.
Without income, it would be very hard
to continue to make efforts to keep the bay clean. For
people that do come to the bay it
would seem less desirable to visit and they may not want
to return to the area, and the
pollution could be hazardous to visitors.
There are many solutions to help make the water cleaner
and maintain the water
cleanliness. One way is to get a law passed not to
allow any sewage pumped into the bay.
Other ways to help cut down sewage are rebuilding the
wildlife that has been affected by
The other pollution source that is affecting the
watershed is non-point pollution. This
pollution is coming from the run-off from businesses,
construction sites and neighborhoods.
The other place that it is coming from is the farms.
This pollution is the hardest to stop.
This would hurt us the most because it would be so hard
to clean up and cost so much.
This Clean-up solution would cost a good bit of money.
One way that we would get this
money to help with the cost would be to raise rates on
activities. We would do this so we
can raise the taxes to help fund these clean-ups. We
would also need to add aquatic
animals to the environment.
One way that we could help with the pollution from the
farms would be to use a cover crop.
The cover crop is there to help with the run-off from
the fields. This will also help soak up
the fertilizer and the nutrients from getting to the
local streams or the bay which is the
direct source. We could also use Riparian Buffers which
is tall grasses or trees that we
would plant along side the streams or river to soak up
the run-off. \\
The direct benefits of helping to clean up the bay would
be astonishing. It would attract
people back to the bay which would ultimately increase
the revenue of the local tourism
Join the Thoughtful Discussion
MODERATOR - other - PHWS
Is sewage currently being pumped directly into the bay?
From what source?
Many of these programs were funded through taxes as are
the majority of
government programs. However, with the new budgets,
much of the funding for
Chesapeake bay clean up has been cut. Unless you have
some sort of hot tub time
machine, that budget pay cut cannot be undone. How
would you convince people to
raise taxes? you mention increasing rates for certain
activities. what activities would
you increase rates on?
Do you have any other creative ideas to fun your