The Cecil Daily earlier this morning.
We urge county officials to look south for examples of what can be gained by working with, rather than fighting, the regional plan to reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
Talbot County wanted to help the Bay, but also worried about estimated costs of ramping up this necessary work. Talbot officials decided to work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and state and federal agencies. Working collaboratively, Talbot and the various groups are testing an innovative way to reduce pollution by using existing farm and street-side ditches to slow and filter polluted runoff. As a result, Talbot was able to cut part of its original cost estimate, which had been on par with Cecil, by more than 90 percent.
While the effort is still preliminary, we believe the idea is sound.
In Wicomico County, the Wicomico Environmental Trust and the City of Salisbury teamed up to look around town and find the most cost-effective opportunities to reduce polluted runoff. Encouraged by this progress, Wicomico approved $200,000 in capital funding to get started on the work.
The same ideas may not solve Cecil's water pollution problems. Each county and city in the Bay region has particular characteristics, problems and needs. But two tools will be common to any approach: a cooperative attitude and innovation. We commit to work even more closely with Cecil if officials believe, as we do, that the best results usually come from collaboration, not litigation.
--Alison Prost, CBF's Maryland Executive Director