I’d deeply appreciate it if you would consider an experiment to halt construction site pollution, which acre for acre is the largest source of Chesapeake Bay sediment and nutrients. The experiment will cost the Chesapeake Network nothing other than a brief message, like the following, to those on your mailing list.
To learn how you can strike a blow for cleaner water using online aerial photos to assess construction sites for compliance with one of our most important clean water laws, click the following link: http://ceds.org/espyoutube. This 12-minute presentation explains that exposed soil equals pollution because construction site mud pollution can only be prevented if soil is protected with straw mulch, grass and other erosion control measures. Federal and state law requires protection of all soils once earthmoving ends and road or building construction begins. Yet few of the thousands of Chesapeake Bay watershed construction sites fully comply with these laws. You can help halt construction site pollution by assessing sites in your area then adding your findings to the Exposed Soil = Pollution database at: http://ceds.org/espaerial. Your findings will then be used to provide enforcement agencies with the public support needed to save the Bay and local waters from this very costly pollution source. Further detail can be found at: http://ceds.org/esp.html.
Richard D. Klein
Community & Environmental Defense Services
21300 Heathcote Road
Freeland, Maryland 21053
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