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David Bancroft

Barack Obama: Platform contains Chesapeake-specific policies

The decision about which presidential candidate deserves your vote in the November election is an especially important one with numerous factors to consider. For those of us in the Mid-Atlantic region who value clean rivers and streams and want to preserve our quality of life, the decision to vote for Barack Obama is an easy one to make.

Senator Obama's platform, unlike John...

Farewell & Keep up the good work!

It is time for me to say farewell. I have been leading the Alliance for almost seven years and it has been my honor to have headed up the only independent nonprofit in the region exclusively advancing the partnership approach to Chesapeake cleanup.

In leaving the Alliance, I am going back to some of my political roots by joining one of the 2008 presidential campaigns. While I have...

Bay Program ‘most sophisticated, advanced in world’

The EPA staff at the Chesapeake Bay Program needs to be complimented for the excellent work they do.

The last few years have not been easy ones for those working on the Chesapeake's restoration. Keeping up one's spirits in the Bay cleanup effort can be a daunting task.

Criticism of the effort seem to come from all sides-the news media, the administration, Congress, environmental...

Local governments, outreach need more support

The Chesapeake Bay Program is fond of saying that it has moved into the "implementation phase" of watershed restoration. After the signing the Chesapeake 2000 agreement, the partnership in the early 2000s took a few years to allocate nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment reductions among the various jurisdictions and subwatersheds. Then it took a couple more years to develop tributary...

What’s good for the Bay is good for the economy

The nation and the Chesapeake region over the last several months have lurched into a recession. This has caused drastic drops in the stock market that have severely affected the values of most organizations' and individual's net worth and portfolios-assuming that one had a net worth and/or a portfolio.

Federal and state officials, as well as candidates for higher office, are all...

A TMDL is not an instant cure-all for the Bay

If not 2010, then when? That was the question in my mind as I left the Dec. 5 Chesapeake Executive Council meeting.

It was at that meeting that Gov. Martin O'Malley, chair of the Executive Council, announced that the Bay jurisdictions would not meet the 2010 goals. In addition, he and the other council members would not commit to a new deadline.

The Chesapeake is the canary in the...

More minority involvement needed in Bay cleanup

It is at this time of the season that I typically look back over the entire year and reflect on some of the its highlights. For me, one of the most important experiences was my involvement with Maryland's Task Force on Minority Participation in the Environment.

It reminded me that some of us involved in Chesapeake Bay watershed restoration often get too focused on nutrient and...

Chesapeake Watershed Forum a huge success

The second annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum was a huge success. It ran Oct. 12-14 and attracted more than 270 participants. The focus of the three-day session was population growth and development in the region.

The meeting took place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. This idyllic setting is not only conducive to...

Alliance sets out its future role in Chesapeake cleanup

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has not engaged in a strategic planning process since 1992. It is imperative that the Alliance move forward to address the needs of the Chesapeake region in the coming decade and that a clear and concise direction be set. Therefore, from October 2006 to July 2007, the Alliance engaged a consultant to help the organization work through the...

Defense move could be model for future growth

The Chesapeake Bay watershed has an enormous opportunity to advance low-impact development as well as identify the techniques required for "no impact" development.

The U.S. Department of Defense is closing facilities across the nation and reducing forces at others under a process known as Base Realignment and Closure.

These actions will result in 40,000-60,000 positions or jobs...

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About David Bancroft

Bernard Sweeney, Ph.D., is director and president of Stroud Water Research Center, a nonprofit organization, based in Avondale, PA, focused on freshwater research, environmental public education and watershed restoration. The website address is


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