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Kim Coble

Why cut a $73 million program that provides billions in benefits?

There is more good news for the Bay this spring. There is clear consensus in the scientific community that the health of the Bay is improving. In the last five months, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay report, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay Barometer, and the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science’s Bay Report Card all show progress.

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Midwest states fighting successful Bay efforts lest they have to clean up their waters

Recently, 21 state attorneys general, many from the Midwest, filed a “friend of the court” brief in a federal appeals court seeking to derail the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. While that is absurd, it is also a tribute to the decades of work that has led to the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

We now have in place pollution limits which, if achieved, will restore local...

Do outside challengers fear clean water?

Twenty-one state attorneys general, most from the Mississippi Basin, joined a challenge to the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality clean-up, noting that if such a plan is followed here, similar efforts could be followed in their states. Author Kim Coble works at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Harford’s solution to restoring Bush River is to kill cleanup funding

While only contributing about 16 percent of the water pollution across the watershed, urban and suburban pollution is the only major pollution sector still on the rise. Often completely untreated, it creates a very damaging local problem that demands local solutions.

Here is the story of just one river in Maryland. This story demonstrates the harm we citizens have unwittingly...

Now’s the time to take action against urban/suburban runoff

Polluted runoff from urban and suburban streets, parking lots, and roofs continues to increase and damage the health of streams and Chesapeake Bay. Kim Coble writes that the tools to curb this pollution are in place and it’s time to act. Coble works at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Now’s the time to take action against urban/suburban runoff

We are making progress reducing pollution from agricultural lands and sewage treatment plants. But polluted runoff from urban and suburban streets, parking lots, rooftops, and other impervious surfaces keeps increasing.

Polluted runoff from urban and suburban areas creates flooding, can threaten human health and carries toxic chemicals into local waterways. In developed areas,...

Local governments set pollution busting examples

Reports on slowly improving water quality fail to capture one encouraging aspect of the region-wide effort to restore rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, writes Kim Coble. They don’t measure the increasing efforts by local governments all around the watershed to reduce pollution. Coble is a vice-president at Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Innovative practices, funding helping to cut cost of reducing pollution

As Maryland counties consider signing on to efforts lead by Dorchester County and the law firm Funk and Bolton to potentially battle mandates to reduce local pollution, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been encouraging another kind of discussion. How do we ensure that funding is available, and that the counties' plans are efficient, cost-effective and get the job done?

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Menhaden vital to health of food chain, fishing communities

In the 1940s, a company in Reedville, VA, that fished Atlantic menhaden for "reduction" (industrial processing) described the little silvery fish as "made for Man to harvest." To them, the supply was inexhaustible, with no other value except crab pot bait.

Today, that viewpoint seems outrageous, but it dies hard. It has caused big problems for the menhaden, aka bunker, pogy, or...

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About Kim Coble

Kim Coble is vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

 

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