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Stream Cleaner Environmental Forum 2007

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Comments to All Homeowners

  From:    Team Happy Fish! North Harford H.S. / OLeary


                                                                                                                            11:25:00 AM

         Why are the homeowners victimizing themselves?  Although it is true that polluting the

         Bay DOES have a negative effect on the homeowners, they are also a cause of the

         problem.  Not only that, but homeowners need to be stewards of the Bay; they are just as

         capable of enforcing clean-up policies as anyone else.

        Response from  Farmer Friends of the Bay North Harford H.S. / OLeary


                                                                                                                               11:49:00 AM

                I believe that the homeowners should take the responsibility and clean up your own

                property than they can truely push the preasure off of you for the pollution problem. If each

                homeowner and the farmers do their part then it will help clean up the community. Either

                way, i think that you shouldn't act like a scapegoat and in return push everything on

                everyone else.




Hampshire Homies Hampshire H.S. / Moore

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

1:22 PM

 In our eyes the Homeowners have to pay for everyone elses mistakes that will affect the community. If the farmers pollute our water systems we have to pay because we are the majority in the community. This affects us in different ways. If the water is polluted we have to pay for sanitized water.



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 From: Broadway High School (anonymous)   



This will be a quick response, but shouldn't the homeowner also take the responsibility of cleaning up their own  property. If everyone does their part the overall system will improve. Homeowners shouldn't "pass the buck" to everyone else and not take any responsibility for their own actions. Let's also not forget that part of non-point pollution would include those pesticides and various organic materials (grass clippings/leaves) that are either intentionally or inadvertently passed into the feeding rivers and into the bay itself. Houses on the bay are also rented out for high tourism seasons of the year, where irresponsible individuals leave trash to by absorbed by the bay as well. Homeowners are just as guilty as anyone else. 

   From:    Chesapeake Homeowners Association Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                               6:19:00 AM

          Addressing the statement that "Homeowners have to pay for everyone elses mistakes,"

          we would like to make it known that homeowners are also large contributors to the

          problems facing the Chesapeake Bay. Farmers are not the only ones polluting the bay.

          Most homeowners drive cars, most homeowners mow their lawns if they have one, and

          many homeowners apply fertilizer and pesticides to their lawns in order to keep their

          homes "pretty," for lack of a better word. The collective negativity of these factors

          almost outweigh the pollution produced by the farmers that feed our country. Have you,

          perhaps, looked at any information regarding homeowners' pollution of the bay? 


   From:    Fishing and Boating Industries (F.B.I.) Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              6:50:00 AM

          You said that the homeowners are the ones that have to pay for everyone elses mistakes,

          but the homeowners are also at fault for the contamination of the bay. When the

          homeowners put fertilizers on their grass, do they always use the best management

          practices (BMP's), and if so, which BMP's are used?


   From: Anonymous Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                              7:57:00 AM

          I have to agree that blaming everyone else for the pollution of the Bay is not entirely

          correct.  Fishermen shouldn't over fish the Bay but we are able to fish increasingly less

          because of the algal blooms killing the inhabitatnts of the Bay.  This happens because of

          the fertilizer runoff from the lawns of home owners.  What can your stakeholder group

          do to improve the Bay?


   From:    T.A.L.K About the Bay Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                              8:00:00 AM

          I totally agree with the individual from Broadway High School.  Although the Hampshire

          Homies have a good idea, homeowners should take responsibility for their actions and

          fight to help save the bay, rather than placing the blame on other groups. These

          procedures can include the installation of buffers and various other BMP's. The

          Hampshire Homies might consider looking at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the DEQ,

          and the EPA websites and even the post from the Chesapeake Homeowners Association,

          to simply gain additional information.  


   From:    High on Life Homeowners Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                              8:07:00 AM

          Why blame everything on the farmers? WE put stuff in our waters too! Its everyone

            fault for not taking better care of our water.


  From:    Farmer Friends of the Bay North Harford H.S. / OLeary


                                                                                                                            12:05:00 PM

         Although I do agree that the water system pollution affects you in many ways you didn't

         give any examples as to how it does. Also you should provide examples of how to fix

         some of these problems. For example maybe plant riparian buffers.


         Response to "uncertain" from  Hampshire Homies Hampshire H.S. / Moore


                                                                                                                                 9:21:00 AM

                The fact is the farmers do not take precautions as far as sediment and chemical control. We

                understand that all stakeholders share a claim in the level of pollution. The phosphates

                and nitrogen, however, are fueling the growth of algae and water plant that are choking

                out the aquatic life and killing fish up and down the potomac!


  From:    Arts Hearts East Hardy H.S. / Halterman


                                                                                                                               1:51:00 PM

         Farmers supply all of our food.  I will admit, some homeowners take all the necessary

         procautions, but think about it, do half of the people in your community take time every

         month or 2 to 3 times a year to just pick up trash and make sure that they have no

         problems that are claiming helpless lives. If this absurd reaction continues, then in a

         few years, we will no longer have a bay or any living organisms in the rivers because so

         many people were careless and let the fish die, and they didn't even see it coming. I

         don't know about you, but I know that I couldn't live with myself if I know I had a part

         in that gruesome killing.





TL Hampshire H.S. / Moore      

March 12, 2007

7:29 AM

We, the local homeowners’ community, have taken all measures we can in helping the watershed.  We control the soil and erosion in our lawns. We avoid and repair all vehicle leaks promptly, carpool, and recycle oil.  A designated area was created for pets’ waste where it is collected and flushed.  We use environmentally friendly alternatives for the whole community lifestyle.  We hold fundraisers and collect money to help support the watershed.  We've done our part, now do yours!  




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   From: anonymous Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                               6:31:00 AM

               What is happening to the pet waste when flushed? Are you flushing it straight into a

          river, on a field, what? It really should go through a waste treatment plant if you wish to

          implement "flushing". What els can you do to help out the bay? You haven't fully done

          your part and others ARE trying to help out. We need to work together on this problem,

          not just be isolationists.


   From:    Chesapeake Homeowners Association Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              6:38:00 AM

          It is great that your community has succeeded in doing their part to help clean up our

          watershed but how can you convince other homeowners not in your community to do the

          same? Many homeowners may not be able to afford to keep their vehicle in good working

           condition or implement methods to control soil erosion. Maybe you could look into

          different grants that could be issued for homeowners to help pay to implement these



   From:    Fishing and Boating Industries (F.B.I.) Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              7:06:00 AM

          Do all homeowners act as you have stated? Where are you "flushing" the pet waste? Is

          the waste going into the waste treatment plants?






Planeteers Hampshire H.S. / Moore

March 12, 2007

8:37 AM

As homeowners we realize that we have a responsibility to our community , however we feel that others stake holders should take a part as well. The water that we drink is being polluted by farmers and factory owners. Because of this we have to buy bottled water. Instead of us carrying the weight of other stakeholders we should share the responsibility. We should all be made to pay a price to put together an environmental group that will regulate the wastes of each stakeholder. Therefore, everyone should do their share by submitting an equal amount of money.



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   From:    Farmers and Landowners Cooperative Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              6:45:00 AM

          Are you claiming to not have polluted the water also? Have you ever used a fertalizer,

          bug spray, or had an oil leak? If you have, then you have no right to blame anyone else.

          We are all to blame. The idea of a group made up if all stakeholders is great, however

          you did not outline what exactly the group is going to do. Also, how much money is each

          group going to give? Does it really need to be equal? (farmers are taxed more already)

          Your ideas are good, they just need to be developed a little more.


   From:    Blankenship Development Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                              6:49:00 AM

          We realize the negative effects that other stakeholders have on the health of the

          watershed, but have you thought about the negative effects that homeowners have had

          on the watershed?  The homeowner community is full of leaky cars, wasteful people,

          numerous pollutants from grass fertilizers, and a large infrastructure.  What can you as

          homeowners do to improve the condition of the watershed?


   From: Anonymous


                                                                                                                              6:56:00 AM

          I agree that other stakeholder groups should take part and I believe that they are making

           suggestions to do so.  Drinking water isn’t only polluted by farmers and factory owners,

          homeowners also create pollution.  I think that instead of not taking the responsibility of

           your stakeholder’s contribution of pollution you should describe ways that you can

          assist in the improvement of the bay.  


         Response to ALL from  Planeteers Hampshire H.S. / Moore


                                                                                                                                 8:42:00 AM

                In response to the accusation that we were saying that homeowners DIDNT pollute the

                water: You should read more carefully. We said that we were taking responsibility for our

                actions. We realize that all of the stakeholders have taken part in the polluting of the Bay.

                This is why we said that ALL stakeholders would take part in paying a group to regulate

                ALL of us. As to whether or not the price should be equal, We think that it should be

                including the farmers because they use more fertilizer and also the use of crop dustings to

                protect their fields. So yes, the equal price proposition stands.


The Moderator suggests that Planeteers might consider that, when three different groups have the same response to your POV, the problem is probably not that they "should read more carefully", as you suggest, but rather that you should write more clearly.  We would be happy to post a revised POV from Planeteers that responded to these very Thoughtful Questions.






Team FS Hampshire H.S. / Moore

March 12, 2007

9:22 AM

The watershed affects us, the homeowner, more than most others.  If the Chesapeake watershed becomes polluted or damaged, our drinking, bathing, and  cooking water would become tainted and unusable.  To prevent this from happening we, the homeowners need, to work in unison with the Chesapeake Bay Program to become more strict on the homebuilders and their precedures. The sediment accumulated from the loose topsoil is wreaking havoc on our local aquatic waterlife.  Without aid the rivers could become baron and lifeless.  



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   From: Anonymous Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                              7:35:00 AM

          Homeowners are not the only ones directly affected by the pollution in the Bay, and

          while they pull their water from the rivers and from wells, other stakeholders rely just as

           much on the Bay as the homeowners do. Farmers need the water for irrigation and

          livestock, watermen live and work on the water, industry requires clean water for use in

          building and manufacturing, and tourists need the water simply for fun. Every group in

          the area is effected, not just the homeowners, and every group needs to assist in the

          clean up. Every stakeholder group has implemented clean-up methods to assist in the

          overall health of the Bay, but there are additional measures that may be applied until the

          Chesepeake is back to its original health.


         Response from  Team FS Hampshire H.S. / Moore


                                                                                                                                 9:14:00 AM

                We did not claim to be the sole dependants on the Chesapeake watershed.  We simply

                stated the fact that we are the only stakeholders who LIVE, DRINK, BRUSH OUR TEETH

                WITH, AND BATH IN IT!!!!  The water is polluted with fertilizer that contains phosphates and

                 nitrogen, which comes from the farmers that you claim need the clean water.  If anything

                this fertilized water would yield a larger crop for the farmer while raping us of our clean

                mountain water.  The building industry is a cause of the pollution as well. They frequently

                "forget" to stabalize the soil with plants to hold it in place. Now sediment is also rushing

                into our river! This sediment packs into crevices where crustacians live. If they're habitat is

                destroyed they could become fewer in numbers and make a change in the food chain of our

                watershed.  I also would like to know how they're industry relies on fresh water to any

                extent of us the homeowners.  I agree that ALL stakeholders need to share responsibilities

                but the watershed will never return to it's former health if the pollution doesn't end.

                  ps GO TROJANS!





Chesapeake Homeowners Association Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                                  7:48:00 AM


      The Chesapeake Bay is doomed if nothing is done to clean up all the pollution that is rapidly

choking the wildlife in the bay as well as its natural beauty. The causes for such pollution

include, but certainly are not limited to: deforestation, urbanization, pollution, sewage, and

agriculture. Since the 1950s, environmentally unaware homeowners have also been reducing

the quality of the water in the Chesapeake Bay by attempting to beautify their precious lawns

through over-fertilization, constant mowing, and spraying pesticides to kill pests that may be

beneficial. Nutrients play a huge role in the pollution of the bay. The excess of nutrients such

as the nitrogen and phosphorus contained in fertilizer promote algae growth and cut off

sunlight in the water. That, in turn, leads to a loss of food and shelter for animals due to the

lack of oxygen in the water because of aerobic digestion of bacteria. We as the Chesapeake

Homeowners Association are here to outline a plan to reverse the trend set by the same

uninformed homeowners polluting the bay.

     We have found, through research, an environmentally friendly way to handle your land

called Bayscaping. It is the use of a variety of beneficial native plants that, because they are

adapted to our local climate and soil, require minimal maintenance and also reduce the amount

of sediment flow into the local streams and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Therefore, not

only is Bayscaping environmentally friendly, but homeowners will rarely have to do any work to

maintain the natural beauty surrounding your home. Over the next twenty-five years, it has

been estimated that no less than three million residents will make the mid-Atlantic region their

home. This increase in population will put a serious strain on our already over-stretched natural

 resources, especially fresh water. Water used to maintain the lawns and other areas of land on

 a homeowner’s property on average constitutes about forty percent of the total water used by

the household. One of the Bayscape’s main principles is xeriscaping, or water-wise

landscaping, which is implemented to reduce the amount of water needed to maintain the land.

Bayscaping would help to greatly reduce the amount of water needed to maintain the land

because the plants are native and do not require much maintenance, as aforementioned.

  In order to begin Bayscaping, one must first determine how much lawn is actually “needed.”

Any unused lawn areas will be covered in native shrubs, gardens, trees, meadows and other

groundcovers. One of the main ingredients of Bayscaping is the limited use of fertilizers and

pesticides. In order to minimize the amount of fertilizer and pesticide needed, the plants need

to be drought-proof, insect-proof, and adapted to the climate.  Introducing natural predators to

 pests infesting the land is another way to keep away from overuse of pesticides. While these

steps are critical to the process of converting a homeowners' land to the ecologically friendly

Bayscape, there are a few things the homeowner will need to learn to deal with. One such thing

is the presence of weeds in the yard. Insects and other pests that are not damaging to the land may not necessarily be friendly to the homeowner but can be tolerated. Also, the traditional

standard for a nice-looking yard will need to be morphed in the homeowners' mind because

Bayscaped yards tend to be classified as “overgrown” and “unkempt.” Once these minor details

are considered and dealt with, the homeowner's Bayscape will be ready to save the precious


  Bayscaping may be as simple as a few native potted plants on your balcony, or as elaborate as

tearing up the entire lawn and replacing it with native planting beds. Now, some may ask why

they should spend the time and energy implementing Bayscaping techniques, but we're here to

erase all doubt in the Bayscapes program. Some homeowners report saving as much as $2,000

in fertilizer, pesticides, and gas for the lawnmower. Now that in itself seems to make it all

worth the trouble, but there's more. Bayscaping is good for the environment! It provides a

diverse habitat for songbirds, butterflies, and other attractive creatures that add to the

aesthetic value of the land. For those who may not, for some reason, be able to start their own

Bayscape, but would really be interested in having it done, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

can provide individual assistance and/or a list of landscape professionals offering native

plants in their landscaping services. There is available grant money, up to $15,000, primarily

for businesses, but for some homeowners as well.  Despite all the good things the Bayscape

program brings to the bay, there are more things that can be done that will be given a simple

outline as our plan develops.

  Other ideas revolved largely around land ordinances; however there was one idea that did not

pertain to land ordinances. For those properties on or near rivers or streams that eventually

empty into the Chesapeake Bay, simply planting trees near the water as riparian buffers makes

a huge difference in the amount of nutrients dumped into the bay each day. The buffers serve

as a sort of trap for runoff after a rainstorm. These trees can also add to the beauty of the

homeowner's land, making this effort not only environmentally friendly, but aesthetically

pleasing. Limiting the amount of water used to a certain degree would also be an extremely

useful practice for homeowners. The only real personal benefit that could be reaped from this

practice would be a lower utility bill, which would be nothing to complain about. The benefits of

 this practice are largely environmental as opposed to individual. Also, trying to limit the

amount of trash that has to be picked up by the monster trucks on Monday morning would be a

magnificent help to the Chesapeake Bay. Recycling instead would give the homeowner a

valuable peace of mind that he or she is helping the bay. Another way to help the bay project,

although costly, is to buy a hybrid car, which can be used as a tax break, or a more fuel

efficient car, which would cut back gas costs. The decrease in gas use would reduce CO2, CO

emissions and, in turn, reduce the amount of acid rain that affects the bay.  If, at any time,

more information is wanted, simply visit for a list of things

homeowners can do to help the cause.

  Many homeowners have the illusion that their responsibility of helping to keep our

environment clean ends at their property line. However, that is entirely untrue. Decisions made

in individual yards can have far-reaching effects. Maybe that load of fertilizer just dumped

on the homeowner's lawn is the one responsible for the ridiculous growth of algae in one

specific area of the bay. Because the damage done by just one person or household is

impossible to see, the homeowners do not pay as much attention to the problem as should be. The

 Bayscapes, in combination with the other aforementioned ideas, are brilliantly simple ideas

for homeowners to help save the bay. By restoring our native ecosystems and preventing

pollution, even on a small scale, the Bayscapes work toward enriching the diversity and quality

of the Bay region's natural resources. These ideas serve to demonstrate that everyone can play

 a role in natural resource management, not just the passionate environmentalists. 


Works Cited:

123well, "What Would It Take to Clean Up the Bay by 2010?." Washington Post. 29 Jan. 2007.

Washington Post. 23 Feb 2007 .


Blankenship, Karl. "BayScaping takes root in new generation of Virginians." Bay Journal.

2007. Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. 2 Mar 2007 .


"Chesapeake Bay Restoration." Maryland Department of the Environment. 2007. Maryland

Department of the Environment. 2 Mar 2007 .


Popp, Paula. "Crofton." The Capital. 13 Feb. 2007. The Capital. 28 Feb 2007 .


Tjaden, Robert. "Water Quality & the Chesapeake Bay." College of Agriculture & Natural

Resources. 16 May 2006. University of Maryland. 2 Mar 2007 .



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   From:    Chesapeake Industrial Corporation Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              7:28:00 AM

          In your paper, you stated that there are environmentally unaware homeowners that do

          not pay much attention to the problems.  How will you resolve this issue and raise

          homeowners' awareness of the ways to save the bay?


   From:    Farmers and Landowners Cooperative Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              7:32:00 AM

          How are you going to convince homeowners to adopt Bayscaping?  It may save money,

          but a lot of homeowners like elaborate lawns and flowers that aren't native to the area. 

          Also, what about combating over watering and fertilizing lawns and malfunctioning

          sewage systems?


   From:    T.A.L.K About the Bay Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                              7:58:00 AM

          Your plan is well thought out and is very clear as to its objectives and the processes you

          will use to achieve those objectives. We had not known much about Bayscaping, but now

          feel well informed as to what it is and how homeowners can implement it. Your research

          was very thorough and educational. 


         Chesapeake Homeowners Association MRGS Response


                                                                                                                                 6:50:00 AM

                Answering the question about raising awareness of homeowners on the topic of pollution

                in the Chesapeake Bay, our solution is to hold conventions for the purpose of educating

                homeowners on simple or elaborate ways to reduce their pollution of the bay. Regarding

                the question about how we would convince homeowners to adopt Bayscaping, we would

                like to say that if saving money, helping the environment, and producing a beautiful

                environment in the yard isn’t appealing to homeowners, then there really isn’t much else we

                 can do to convince them. You can’t convince everybody to do what you want, but most

                people will be convinced by the fact that it will be financially beneficial. Also, Bayscaping

                is the solution to overwatering and overfertilization because that is exactly the purpose of

                Bayscaping, to reduce overwatering and fertilization. Malfunctioning sewage systems are

                being looked at by groups such as the Friends of the North Fork and South Fork as well as

                any other tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. These groups test nitrate, phosphate, dissolved

                oxygen, and do macroinvertebrate studies in regard to these waste systems.






High on Life Homeowners Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                                  8:09:00 AM

We the homeowners decided that we want clean water for our future children and

grandchildren. We don't want pesticides in our water,we want to have a good environment. We

want to be able to swim in clean water 20 or 30 years from now.

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  From:    Chesapeake Homeowners Association Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              6:18:00 AM


         While it’s an important step to actually want clean water, it’s a whole different thing to

         actually do something about it. Everybody wants to have clean water, but what do you

         plan on doing to achieve what you want?


  From:    Blankenship Development Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                             7:28:00 AM

         Wanting clean water is one thing, but doing something about it is another.  You mention

         that pesticides are polluting the water, but isn't the fertilizer from your own yard

         contributing also?  I would like to know what you as a homeowner plan to do to help keep

         water clean.  Everyone wants to swim in clean water 20 or 30 years from now, but

         everyone has to aid in the solution.


  From:    diligent developers =] North Harford H.S. / OLeary


                                                                                                                            12:06:00 PM

         you said you are concerned about the water in your community for your children and

         their children, and so on and so on. i think its great you want to save the water for your

         decendants, but how do you plan on doing this? there are a lot of things that could be

         done to help the water. you should research a little and include that in another pov

         perhaps. let us know what you want to do to help. we all have to work together and thats

         the first big step cooperation =]


         Response to ALL from  High on Life Homeowners Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                                 8:09:00 AM

                To achieve clean water we plan to organize a committee in our community,that organizes

                events that help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  We don't fertalize our lawns because it

                pollutes the Bay, and it runs into the underwater springs. So we planted a wildflower

                graden.This committee will specialize in having days each week were we would go and

                help clean the Bay. We might even hold a fundraiser at some point in time,that would raise

                money to dispose of the chemicals. Also we would love more support from all the

            people,doing small things could improve the Bay immensely.





Treadwell FAN 1 Broadway H.S. / Rissler


                                                                                                                           12:36:00 PM

I am a homeowner in the town of Broadway, Virginia.  I swim in the local river, the North Fork,

with my three young children.  One day I was there about to dive in to the cool water on a

toasty warm summer day when I stopped shocked to see all the filth from the local farms and


I did a little bit of research in my spare time and found that our drainage goes strait in the

river and many of the local farms don’t have riparian buffers from the river.  Later while

doing research through the County Ordinances I found that there are no laws stating that they

had to put in a buffer zone to prevent nutrients from going in to the local rivers.


As a homeowner I believe lawmakers should get on the ball and begin to create laws to benefit

the environment.



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  From:    T.A.L.K About the Bay Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                             7:09:00 AM

         I agree with the fact that laws need to be implimented to benefit the environment, but

         what are you going to do to help the bay? There are many ways that you can reduce the

         pollution created by your trash. Using florescent light bulbs uses less electricity and

         they last longer than conventional light bulbs. Recycling and reusing whatever you can

         lessons the amount of trash in landfills which helps lesson pollution as well. You may

         already practice some of these things, which would be wonderful. Also, how are you

         going to help convince the government to pass legislation to benefit the bay?  


  From:    Blankenship Development Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School / Newcomer


                                                                                                                             7:34:00 AM

         We certainly agree water pollution is a growing problem.  However, you stated you could

          physically see the pollution from streets and farms.  First of all, both of these factors

         are non-point pollution, as in there is no way to prove the pollution comes directly from

         these places.  Secondly, how do you know this pollution isn't coming from your own back

         yard?  Most homeowners enjoy green grass in the summer, and of course this requires

         fertilizer.  It takes fossil fuels for the mower to cut the grass.  Runoff from the

         driveway may be taken straight into the water.  Instead of relying on the lawmakers to

         "get on the ball," why don't you take some proactive measures to decrease water



Response from  Treadwell FAN 1 Broadway H.S. / Rissler


 12:02 PM


i can tell that the pollution is coming from these farms because as im driving down the road im seeing these cows in the water and they are not brilliant animals they do their "business" where they swim.  so thats how i know some of the pollution is coming from the farms.  i do recycle everything i can i dont like to waste.   i know its street pollution because not all the storm drains go to the water filtration plant.  Riparian buffer zones need to be implemented and fences put up to keep the cows out of the streams and rivers.  I will petitition and overthrow the government to get laws passed to get what i want to get done, done.






The Enviromentaly Friendly Homeowner's Society Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                             7:13:00 AM

     We are the Enviromentaly Friendly Homeowner's Society. We are important because we can

 make a difference and we can affect what happens to the Bay, wheth it gets cleaned up or or


     We are effected by the Bay's problems because we use the water from the Bay for

everyday activities. It can effect us becuase we cannot use drink or contaminated water or,

we and our pets, can be harmed by it.

     In our community we can convince people to start recycling, reduce trash, and correctly

dispose of hazardous materials. We can also put in more storm ponds so hazardous runoff does

not get into the Bay.



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  From:    Chesapeake Industrial Corporation Massanutten Reg. Gvnrs. School /


                                                                                                                              6:14:00 AM

         You state that your society is important because you can make a difference, but how can

          you make a difference?  It also might be helpful if you would explain how you are going

          to convince people to start recycling, reducing trash, and correctly disposing of

         hazardous materials.





the realtors Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                             7:17:00 AM

Homeowners are important because we make up a large part of our communitie. The pollution

of the bay affects our water supply, and our childrens future water supply. If we don't begin

to make improvements in our water, then the government will come and take over, making the

changes themelves.


As homeowners, there is little we can do to stop point solution, but several little things we can

do to reduce non-point pollution. One way is to simply stop using fertilizer on our lawns.

Fertilizer is a main cause of non-point pollution run-off. Another way, is to car pool. This

reduces the amount of pollution being put of by motor vehicles in all.


An important and simple thing to being to do is recycle. Recycling paper, glass, and plastic

goods keeps trash out of the ground, preventing any chemicals from them seeping into the

groundwater, which will eventually end up in our rivers, leading directly to the bay.


Not only are these easy, they are inexpensive. Not only can we do them ourselves, we can

spread the word to our neighbors and friends.



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  From:    Anonymous East Hardy H.S. / Halterman


                                                                                                                            10:52:00 AM

         You are right about the recycling. I don't know if your county is the same as ours, but we

          don't really have a place close to take stuff to be recycled. We may have come up with a

          nice idea. Our teacher knows someone that may come to our high school and pick up

         materials to be recycled, like paper and glass. This will be open to the commuity. This is a

          good idea keep things from getting in the water.





Sitting 3 Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                            8:08:00 AM

As members of this society, we are very concerned about the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay has

been dirty for years.  It is bad for the economy in the way that many people won't want to buy a

 house around a dirty Bay. As a way to help clean it up, stricter laws could be created that

penalize littering. Another way that people can  help clean up the bay is if people didn't use as

much electricity. If they were to use less electricity, then less fuels would be burned and the

result would be less polluted air and a lezss polluted Bay.



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Jefferson Preps  Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                           11:25:00 AM

     Homeowners are important because we need houses to live in. We need places to sleep at

night, and other people own homes so we should be able to also. A lot of people should be able to

live in homes because you need shelter. However, homeowners also can hurt the environment,

for example, the Chesapeake Bay.

     One way we hurt the Chesapeake is sometimes we spray fertilizers in the grass, and it runs

down. If that happens, it's polution in the grass and in the water. It also hurts the fishes. If all

of us did that every single day, we would not have a food source that we could rely on. 

     Another way we can hurt the Chesapeake is by dumping oils down the sink. When you do

that, it can get into the water and make you sick. It can also hurt the food source once again

because it effects food. That can also cause problems to the environment.

     Another way is littering. A lot of homeowners litter. Accident or not, it is still very harmful.

That makes the land and waters look so trashy. It also kills fish. It just harms so much in the


     Another way is we use up the ground water.

There are a lot of houses out there, and the more houses, the more water from the ground we

have to use. It can eventually dry out the rivers and lakes and such. Then we would have no

water at all. The amount of water everyone uses is ridiculous - you don't always have to have

the water running like some do.

     So basically, a lot of things can hurt the Chesapeake Bay. It can be changed by signs,laws,or

 even fines. People these days need some common sense. If you don't want to be left without

anything, you need to come to your senses and stop running water, pouring bad things down the

drain when they're not supposed to be there, stop littering, and last, but not least, don't




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The Homeowners Jefferson H.S. / Gipson


                                                                                                                           12:25:00 PM

Homeowners are important because we pay taxes to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. We are also

important beacuse we can clean up our property around our homes. But we are bad because we

pollute the Bay by dumping trash and oil in the water. Beacuse it can break down and poison the

water. Thoughing garbage in the air can pollute the air. One soution is that we can reduce our

heat in our homes. So we do not burn as much fuel.



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  From:    Fishing is Good Clean Fun!!!! North Harford H.S. / OLeary


                                                                                                                            11:33:00 AM

         you keep talking about home owners polluting.. what are you proposing your group does

         to reduce the pollution you create?





Ellie Brittany Mike Josh James Wood H.S. / Fordyce


                                                                                                                            8:20:00 AM

Lets’ start with the basics first of all; what is a watershed? It is an area where an area of land

that drains into a lake or river. As rainwater and melting snow run downhill, they carry

sediment and other materials into our streams, lakes, wetlands, and groundwater. We all live in

watersheds. Watersheds are the places we call home, where we work and where we play.

Everyone relies on water and other natural resources to exist. Landowner is a watershed

partner; to make sure that the watershed and the land they own is taken care of properly.

Landowners are important in this environment because of the land they own mostly. The bay’s

problem affects us because it is our land that is getting to be taken apart. The solution that we

have is to have certain spots of land contained for the watersheds. The solution might affect

us because of the land it is taken up for this solution. Are group would prefer mostly that the

land is taken away from them and just taken away from people that don’t want the land like we

do. The cost will be how much land the businesses will need for putting in new watersheds. That

will be taking land away from landowners but also the landowners will be getting most of the

profit from them selling their land to the businesses which is definitely a benefit on our part.

Giving our land away is a major part of this process us participating is something that will just

make us richer. If this process does not succeed and we disappear then so do the watersheds

because our land will go down and no one will be able to make the watersheds happen.       



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Land Rights Hampshire H.S. / Moore


                                                                                                                            9:22:00 AM

We beleive in freedom of our land rights to an extent. We think that people should beable to

hunt,build,and grow up they want on there land. But we do not beleive in over kill on property

we think that people should have a limit to what they are hunting. We also believe that people

should not burn items, bury trash, and they should not pollute the waters, because these activies

will effect everyone in the community. People should be able to grow though.For when we plant

items it gives back to the community which will in turn help everyone out, not over killing or

polluting waters will do this too. Burning things, and buring things leads to poor soil which leads

 to poor crops, and bad water sources and and soil. We think that people should have certain

limitations on certain acts like polluting the soil,over kill,over building,and burning/buring

trash. This solution should benifit the whole community but in different ways...



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