With a businessman in the governor’s mansion and a legislature talking about cutting costs, one environmental group is moving to assure that there’s enough money set aside to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
It argues that for every dollar the state invests in keeping pollutants out of rivers and streams, it will gain $4 in benefits.
We’ve seen economic reports on how fishing, shipping, recreational boating and tourism on the Bay benefit the state of Virginia, but now the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is looking at a bigger picture.
Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.
One sign of spring is the return of ospreys from their winter grounds in South America to their home on the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the birds are now on their way to Virginia.
The 2,200 mile trip takes about two weeks for the osprey, also called fish hawks. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been tracking four birds for nearly a year-since they last arrived on the Bay. Spokesman John Rodenhausen says Woody and Nick are already on their way back; the other two birds have yet to begin their trip.
Teachers from New York to West Virginia are taking their classrooms to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Students get hands-on environmental learning while experiencing some Lord of the Flies moments.
Eighteen seventh graders from rural Virginia are dredging for oysters on a windy, cold day. A few are seasick but when the oysters are hauled up they rise to the occasion.
Virginia’s Eastern Shore… a narrow finger of land separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean… is the longest expanse of coastal wilderness left on the eastern seaboard.
Scientists have been working to restore the unique ecosystem of the area - especially its 23 barrier islands: dynamic, shifting land masses that buffer the mainland from storms… and provide a home for sea grasses, birds and shellfish.