"Not only is the Chesapeake Bay a national treasure, but also a major economic driver for the Commonwealth. This report shows that the environmental, economic, and agricultural benefits of reducing pollution will benefit everyone, including the over 17 million people who call the Chesapeake Bay home."
U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (Virginia)
"Implementation of advanced cover crop systems in no-till agriculture has the potential to improve farm profitability, increase food production (yields) and at the same time reduce nutrient inputs. Cover cropping systems that build soil health and biological diversity suppress weeds, alleviate soil compaction, protect crops from drought stress, and release capturednutrients in spring for use by cash crops. This improvement in a farm operation can be a win-win for both farmers and the Bay."
Dr. Ray Weil, Department of Environmental Science and Technology
"Trees are our natural carbon offsets. Nine years ago I planted 15 trees on a school yard in Baltimore City, because my children and countless others were suffering from environmental asthma. Today, through my efforts trees has been planted on school yards throughout the city so that our children, residents, visitors and commuters to Baltimore City can all take a deeper, cleaner breath."
Cathy Allen, pioneer of Greening of Baltimore
"Visit the City Dock area of Annapolis on a summer day and it's obvious the Chesapeake has economic value as a destination for tourism and recreation. But this report shows the health of the Bay affects that economic value. It is a reminder that restoring the Chesapeake will benefit our communities and businesses as much as the crabs and oysters."
Paul Cohen, Vice President, Preferred Hospitality Group, consultants to the international travel and tourism industry
"Maryland's forests and farms provide valuable natural benefits to the State and the Chesapeake Bay region, including clean water, clean air, timber, habitat for fisheries, flood control, and the pollination of agricultural plants. Improved management of these lands will increase the quality and quantity of the natural benefits they produce."
Dr. Robert Tjaden, Department of Environmental Science and Technology
"Key-Log's analysis is logical, comprehensive, defensible, transparent, and cautious. The report applies the findings of more than 70 previous studies to calculate the most conservative estimates of economic benefits.
"Like a heart muscle whose health depends on what we eat, drink, and breathe, the Chesapeake watershed sustains life throughout our mid-Atlantic region. On behalf of our grandchildren, the Bay Blueprint offers a return on investment far in excess of its costs."
Dr. Mike Ellerbrock, Agricultural and Applied Economics Professor, Virginia Tech
"I have little doubt that the economic benefits of successfully implementing the Blueprint would be quite large. Eco-Log is a small specialty shop that has a good reputation, and they appear to have touched all of the appropriate bases.
"My own research into the largest metro areas in the United States, including Hampton Roads, shows that the amount and quality of our beaches and water courses are factors of importance in individuals' rankings of where they live. In deciding where to live, people do pay attention to quality of life. They vote with their feet to express their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the quality of life around them."
Dr. James V. Koch, Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus, Department of Economics, Old Dominion University
"The impact of a clean bay on public health cannot be overstated. Most people recognize the health benefits of clean water for drinking, food production, and recreational activities. However, a clean bay also serves as a first line of defense against illness and disease related to water and air pollution, waste treatment, climate stability, and water flow regulation."
Dr. Brian C. Martin, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Public Health, Eastern Virginia Medical School/Old Dominion University
"The only real impediment to my family making a major financial step-up in aquaculture investment in the Lynnhaven River is stormwater runoff. The foundation of the growing oyster revolution and resurgence in demand lies in the new oyster consumer's confidence in clean water and clean shellfish. Without clean water there is no economic windfall or sustainability for the shellfish industry."
Chris Ludford, owner/operator of Ludford Brothers Oyster Company, home of Pleasure House Oysters
"Forests, represent nearly two-thirds of the land cover in the watershed, and are critically important for sustaining and improving water quality locally and in the Bay. By calling attention to the role forests play; this report creates an argument for drawing communities into expanding conversations for retaining working forest landscapes.
"It is vital to the success of this effort to understand that forests have economic, social, and, now, documented ecological values. To retain and expand forests in the watershed, communities have to come together to support private forest landowners has they strive to retain and steward this landscapes."
Dr. James C. Finley, Ibberson Professor of Forest Resources and Director Center for Private Forests at Penn State University
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation reminds us that for all our technological sophistication, nature remains the ultimate source of all economic value. No industry and commerce is possible without clean air and water, fertile topsoil, and the natural recycling of wastes from the millions of people and animals living in our watershed. Healthy forests and waters are crucial to abundant life, and protecting them is the most cost-effective investment we can make."
Thomas Hylton, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Save Our Land, Save Our Towns
"We envision the Susquehanna River as a world-class destination for outdoor learning, adventure and inspiration. If we treasure, protect and enhance the river's water quality and natural landscapes, we will reap the economic benefits of river-based tourism for generations to come. This report validates the value of these natural systems to our region's economic well-being – it makes the case that clean water and conserved natural lands mean prosperity."
Mark N. Platts, President, Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area
"Municipalities that support healthy community designs and principles help to minimize safety issues and health disparities within their communities while also creating more attractive spaces for people to live, work and play, and ultimately also contribute to a stronger local economy."Research shows that communities designed for walkability and bikability have healthier residents, and create vital and liveable environments for everyone. The Lighten up Lancaster County Coalition, in partnership with Lancaster General Health, have set a goal to increase the number of communities that support healthy community design, promote physical activity, and result in healthier environments."
Beth K. Schwartz, MSN RN, Healthy Weight Management Coordinator for Lancaster General Health Wellness Center