Bay Journal

April 1991 - Volume 1 - Number 2

State cuts take toll on many programs

The recession-wracked economies of all three Bay states have forced cutbacks in many environmental programs as officials try to shore up deficits.

In the current 1991 fiscal year, Pennsylvania must cut spending to avoid a $1 billion budget deficit; Maryland is cutting back to avoid a deficit of more than $400 million; and Virginia — which operates on a two-year budget — has had a funding gap of more than $2 billion.

Generally, officials in all three states say they have sought to avoid the wholesale elimination of programs, but some activities are being put off — the purchase of open spaces in Maryland, for example — and some services are being cut.

States, federal governments fall short — just barely — of Reilly’s 1990 goals

Figures recently released by EPA Region III show that the Bay states and federal facilities came close — but barely fell short — of an environmental compliance goal set by EPA Administrator William K. Reilly more than a year ago.

At the December 1989 Chesapeake Bay Executive Council meeting, Reilly set a 1990 goal of bringing all 50 major federal facilities in the Bay watershed into compliance with federal environmental laws.

Reilly also set a goal of reducing by half 'significant noncompliance' at the 330 major wastewater dischargers — which includes sewage treatment plants and some federal and industrial facilities — in the Bay watershed.

Growth management and the Bay

In the decade following the settling of Jamestown, some 6,000 people were lured to the colony, many in hopes of becoming rich land owners. An emigrant able to pay his own way to the colony would get 50 acres — and another 50 for every head he brought with him. Eventually, the offer grew to 100 acres.

On the average over the next decade, Virginia is expected to gain about as many people every six weeks as it gained in its first decade.

Needless to say, they will not be getting 100 acres per head

Auto repair shop gets environmental tune up

As soon as you walk into Ecotech Autoworks, it's easy to tell this is no ordinary auto repair shop.

Just look at the magazines: Garbage; Sierra; Buzzworm; E Magazine. The back issues are stacked in a box with a note that says "Please help yourself to a spare environmental publication"

And then there are the signs hanging everywhere: "What happens to discarded tires?? You are standing on them!! Flooring tiles made from scrap tires!! A unique solution to a disposal dilemma."

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