May 15, 2012
on Potomac River Endangerment Listing
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the American Rivers' annual "America's Most Endangered Rivers" report which named the Potomac one of the nation's most endangered rivers:
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation commends American Rivers' selection of the Potomac River as one of the nation's most endangered rivers. While significant progress is being made in the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay, those efforts are being challenged in Congress and the courts. The Fertilizer Institute and other national agricultural lobbying associations are actively seeking to roll back the Clean Water Act.
"Saving the Potomac, the Chesapeake Bay, and restoring clean water will not just benefit us, it will benefit our children and future generations. If progress is not made we will continue to have polluted water, human health hazards, and lost jobs—at a huge cost to society. Cleaning up our rivers and streams will bring back fish, crabs, and oysters. Economic studies, as well as recent experience, have shown that sound environmental policies and a strong economy are two sides of the same coin."