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John Wennersten

Water, water everywhere, but not drop-in site

The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are beautiful but you can't get to them easily.

Currently, only 2 percent of the shorelines of the Maryland Chesapeake offer public access. "Along the Anacostia River," says environmentalist Robert Boone, "there are only two boat ramps along eight miles of tidal river." The Potomac, "other than along the C&O Canal tow path, does not have much...

Waves of sprawl washing Bay’s identity from landscape

Sprawl continues at an unprecedented rate in the mid-Atlantic. Despite efforts at "Smart Growth," almost everyone has seen negative changes to his or her local environment.

Growth occurs principally along transportation corridors. Real estate development and urban sprawl have a silent ally in the federal highway system. Interstates, like I-81 that traverses the mid-Atlantic, have...

Failure to plan for future will leave communities high and dry

Water problems, long a point of tension in the arid U.S. West, are becoming common on the Atlantic seaboard. Along rivers such as the Connecticut, the Potomac and the Chattahoochee, communities are experiencing either polluted water or not enough water at the right time. Even under normal weather conditions, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that people...

About John Wennersten

David Flores is a policy analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform.


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