(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Beth McGee, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Senior Water Quality Scientist, issued this statement following the Bay Program's release of underwater grass acreage in 2014.
"That we have seen a two-year trend of increasing acreage of Bay grasses is an encouraging sign, but we are still less than half-way to the long-term goal. To reach the grasses goal, pollution must be reduced.
"While progress is being made, the Bay states need to fully implement their Blueprint commitments to reduce pollution. While Virginia and Maryland are largely on track, both need to continue to address runoff pollution from agriculture and urban/suburban areas. Pennsylvania, which is the largest single source of nitrogen pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, is falling far short of meeting its goals, and must dramatically accelerate pollution reduction from agriculture."