The perils of paving

March 5, 2009

As outlined in this story, the Chesapeake Bay’s famous crab fishery is threatened by rampant development as an increasing portion of its watershed succumbs to urban sprawl. In this video, Bruce Sidwell of the environmental group Friends of Sligo Creek explains how increased erosion brought on by development has forced Montgomery County, Maryland to armor its sewer lines to prevent sewage from leaking into Sligo Creek, and then into the Bay.******


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I’m not surprised. I really have no right to be, given 43 yrs of experience as an “environmentalist”. Still it astounds me how little, people actually understand.Case in point, storm water runoff is usually much more toxic than raw sewage, yet little if any thought is ever given to it’s treatment! It contains not only petrochemicals but also animal waste, various biodregradables in various stages of biodegradation, often road salt AND whatever leacheates escape the tarmac itself yet we remain blissfully unaware of it’s effect as we watch it run straight into our tenious water supplies and natural environs.I have maintained from the get go that “environmentalism” can never take hold until it becomes fiscally responsible AND takes less of a Doomsday/naysayer approach. Sorry to seem to contradict myself But “it” will never happen unless We do something about it. Think globally, act locally, my thanks to those involved. I only hope to visit one day, before the damage is too severe.

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Let us not forget the problem of nitrogen run off all along the east and gulf coasts. The excess fertilizer we use for farming and our lawns is going to rivers which lead to the sea. Algae blooms feeding on this waste runoff grow to immense size preventing oxygen from entering the sea. The natural fisheries along the gulf coast have been devastated by these blooms. No life can live underneath these blooms. Even more confounding is that the Menhadin (an algae eating fish) have been harvested and processed into industrial fertilizer, almost to the point of fishery collapse.I think the principal of sustainable resource use should not simply be focused on how humans produce and consume energy. The demand for food products for ethanol production spiked last year creating food shortages around the globe. I guess some nations can pay more for corn to produce fuel than others can afford as a food staple. Who was it that said “We are our brothers keeper”. Was that the same person that said “We are all brothers and sisters”.

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