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Nick DiPasquale

We must turn instant gratification into burning desire for clean Bay

The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, or 4.5 eons. Of that time, humans have only been around for about 200,000 years, with civilization only beginning about 6,000 years ago and industrialization, a little more than 200 years ago.

It’s difficult to put this into perspective, especially when one considers the damage that humans have wrought on the world’s ecosystems. We live...

Bay Program teams using cross-project initiatives to reach goals

Working within a partnership like the Chesapeake Bay Program presents unique obstacles when it comes to achieving restoration goals.

Think of the challenge of finding a compromise between the different personalities in a dating relationship or marriage — only in the Bay Program’s relationship, there are nine partners, six goal implementation teams (GITs), 10 goals and 31...

Crediting agricultural non-cost share practices in the Bay Program’s watershed model

Have you heard the terms “voluntary agricultural practices” or “non-cost-shared practices?” They refer to agricultural conservation practices that are neither paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Farm Bill programs nor state and county agencies through cost-share programs. These are practices that farmers often pay for themselves — on their own dime —...

2017 Midpoint Assessment will help to make good efforts even better

Periodically evaluating one’s progress or actions when trying to accomplish a particular task is a healthy thing to do.

This applies to financial investments for retirement, as well as targets or goals set for anything worth achieving.

In this case, it refers to the 2017 Midpoint Assessment being conducted with respect to the goals established under the Chesapeake Bay Total...

Executive Council addresses forests, riparian practices, funding

Each year, representatives from across the watershed join together to guide the Chesapeake Bay Program’s policy agenda and set conservation and restoration goals for the partnership.

This group, known as the Chesapeake Executive Council, is made up of the governors from each of the Chesapeake Bay watershed states — Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West...

Public comments needed to create best possible management strategies for Bay

On March 16, the Chesapeake Bay Program partners publicly released our collaborative plans for meeting the outcomes and goals under the “next generation” Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement signed last summer by the governors of the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the mayor of the District of Columbia, the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the EPA administrator, on...

The Next Generation for Our Lands and Waters Starts Now

The environmental ethic we have today is still relatively young, brought into being by such clarion calls as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, published in 1962.

It was only a few years later that the first Chesapeake Bay advocacy groups formed. The Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970, followed by the Chesapeake Bay Commission in 1980 and the Chesapeake Bay Program...

Public comment made a difference in crafting new Bay pact

For the last two and a half years, the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership has been working on a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, an accord that will guide the collaborative restoration and conservation efforts of the six states and the District of Columbia in the 64,000-square-mile network of land and waters that drains into the Chesapeake.

The Chesapeake Executive...

Verification of efforts’ effectiveness critical to Bay cleanup

In the context of restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed, “verification” is a systematic process for determining with a high degree of confidence that pollution control measures (best management practices) implemented to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution are working effectively over time. Verification is an essential building block to restoration, critical to ensuring our...

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About Nick DiPasquale

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Nick DiPasquale is director of the Chesapeake Bay Program.


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