A cleaner bay begins with cleaner farms
In the Nov. 11 Metro article “Potomac River report cites farms and forests,” Valerie Connelly, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Farm Bureau, obscured the facts about how to clean up the Potomac River when she said, “We need to figure out what actually gets the job done.” We already know what gets the job done. Study after study demonstrates that reducing farm runoff directly improves watershed vitality and reduces the volume of pesticides, nitrogen and hormones that reach waterways and drinking water.
Understandably, Ms. Connelly is concerned about cost burdens on the region’s farmers. To this end, legislative and regulatory solutions must first and foremost differentiate between small, independent farmers and large corporate operations. Additionally, cost-sharing programs between government and farmers can reduce the financial burdens on farmers as they improve their watershed management.
All affected parties should focus their energies on achieving mutually agreeable solutions for restoring the Potomac. A vital Potomac River is far too important to be mired by a tired industry-vs.-envrionment debate.
Hilary Kirwan, Washington
| November 20, 2010; 9:00 PM ET
Categories: Chesapeake Bay, HotTopic, Maryland, Virginia
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