EASTERN SHORE UPDATE
|From the Desk of Alan Girard
What We Leave to Future Generations
CBF's Maryland Eastern Shore Director Alan Girard.
My wife Meredith and I welcomed our newborn son Nicholas Woods Girard to the world earlier this year. Nick is my third child, and he along with his older brother and sister have me thinking a lot about the health of the environment we will leave to the next generation.
Changes in environmental quality can sometimes be best understood in terms of cause and effect. When I taught grade school students about conservation in the 1990s, I tried to interpret how most human activity on land—plowing a field, building a home, fertilizing a lawn—can have significant and sometimes long-term impacts on water quality, particularly in an estuary like the Chesapeake Bay which has an average depth of only 21 feet. Representatives of Eastern Shore faith communities during an environmental advocacy strategy session some months ago took this concept a step further. They pondered the notion that the quality of our waterways is a reflection of our souls.
The responsibility we all share to be good environmental stewards is at the core of the multi-state, bi-partisan commitment to restore the Bay's health that we call the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. For the benefit of generations to come (as well as our own), activity that's happening now to implement the Blueprint is good reason to be hopeful about the future.
Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley at our oyster reef dedication event in Cambridge this fall had this perspective: "When we all have the same vision, the same focus, we can get so much done. In order to continue our legacy for our children and our families, we must remember that we need to save the Bay."
With a commitment to continued hard work and cooperation among citizens, business, and government, we can finish the job of restoring the health of the Chesapeake. Our children and grandchildren will be very glad we did our part to make a difference.
Eastern Shore Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
P.S. Make sure to check out Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost's update on the latest on our Bay-saving efforts across the state of Maryland.