Stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution for our beloved Chesapeake Bay. When there is excessive rain or snow in urban areas, the water cannot be absorbed by the pavement, so it ends up flowing into our streams and rivers and, eventually, into our Bay. Although the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is working tirelessly to improve the conditions of the Bay, it is a very slow process.
The 2014 State of the Bay, which was released last month by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, indicates that the conditions of the Chesapeake Bay are improving. However, the progress is not as significant as we hoped it would be. The ecosystem of the Bay is still unstable, and the fisheries are struggling. The rockfish (striped bass) population has been declining for the past 10 years, which has caused a need for conservation actions to be taken. In 2015, rockfish catches all along the coastline will be reduced in an effort to boost their population numbers.
The report states that we need to continue to follow the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint in order to keep the forward momentum. Until we are able to greatly accelerate the progress of the Bay, we will incur societal costs including unsafe drinking water, declines in fish populations, health concerns for humans, and negative economic impacts.
Reilly Sweeping encourages that everyone reads the full 2014 State of the Bay. If you are interested in volunteering or getting involved in the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation provides numerous opportunities for everyone.
About Reilly Sweeping
Reilly Sweeping, a street sweeping company, cherishes the Chesapeake Bay. As a company that operates in a majority of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, we advocate the preservation of such a crucial part of our ecosystem. In order to help reduce and minimize pollution in our waters, we provide street sweeper and parking lot cleaning services, which are effective ways to minimize stormwater runoff. Each year, street sweepers remove tons of debris such as trash, salt, chemicals, and sediment buildup that otherwise would wind up in rivers and streams. Street sweeping programs with a schedule of regular cleanings can effectively reduce pollution. If you are interested in learning about how Reilly Sweeping can design and execute such a program for you, please contact a location near you.