Bay Journal

September 2012 - Volume 22 - Number 6

States meeting most of TMDL milestones

State and federal Bay cleanup leaders proclaimed in July that — after years of coming up short — their efforts to stem pollution from farms, wastewater treatment plants and urban stormwater systems are finally on the right trajectory to meet cleanup goals for the nation's largest estuary.

In Virginia Beach, business is growing wildly, and it’s a good thing

I'm in heavy traffic with local environmental leader Karen Forget, navigating the aging, asphalt and concrete heart of Chesapeake Bay's second biggest city.

More development's coming here soon, she said: "and it's really going to help us."

Her unexpected enthusiasm recalls the way Virginia's visionary architect and author William McDonough often ends presentations on how ecologically intelligent design could transform society:

"Imagine if they said we're building a new mall and our first thought was, 'great, that'll mean cleaner air and water and more wildlife.' "

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