There are those who oppose the Chesapeake
Clean Water Blueprint (please see “The
Opposition,” at right). They suggest that
saving the Bay is not worth the cost.
According to a 2004 Chesapeake Bay Blue
Ribbon Finance panel report, however, the
Bay is worth more than $1 trillion and supports $2 billion and 41,000 jobs from commercial fishing; $1.6 billion and 13,000 jobs
in saltwater angling; $70 million in crabs;
and $680 million in tourism. CBF suggests
such an economic resource is well worth
TOM PELTON/CBF STAFF
And, in fact, investments have already begun
to pay dividends.
In response to a Maryland air pollution law, a scrubber was built at Constellation Energy’s Brandon
Shore coal-fired power plant in Anne Arundel County. The project, part of a $1 billion pollution-control
effort, led to the hiring of Melissa Sampson, pictured above with the scrubber behind her.
DENNIS SAMSON, DC WATER
•Bay grasses in the Potomac River have
increased tenfold since the 1990s due in
large part to reduced nutrient pollution
from the District of Columbia’s Blue
Plains sewage treatment plant, the largest
such plant and single greatest “point
source” of pollution in the region.
Upgrading the Blue Plains plant has created 10,000 blue- and white-collar jobs.
•In Loudoun County, Virginia, seven
miles of Goose Creek are now safe for
swimming following the completion of a
bacteria clean-up plan, and in Orange
County, Virginia, 35 miles of the Willis
River were removed from the official
“impaired waters” list after another clean-up plan was successfully implemented.
• In Montgomery County, Maryland, construction is underway to reduce urban
and suburban stormwater pollution—
the only source of pollution still on the
rise. Montgomery County expects to
create 3,300 construction and engineering jobs as a result.
Part of the Blue Plains upgrade, the Clean River Project is slated to be finished in 2025. Here workers
install rebar to support the excavation of a 120-foot shaft. A giant tunnel-boring machine will be
placed in the shaft and assembled underground. It will then begin its journey, tunneling underground
up to and under the Anacostia River.
•In Bradford County, Pennsylvania, farmers and landowners are installing conservation projects. An investment of $1.6
million has, in just two years, resulted in
nearly 200 completed projects, bringing
36 farms into full compliance with state-
12 Summer 2012 ; cbf.org