7-22-11: BMP, 1-2-3

July 22, 2011 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

How much do we really know about our progress in cleaning up the bay?

In 2009, the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program requested a review of how they track “best management practices” (or “BMPs”). An example of a BMP would be a farmer putting a fence along a stream to keep his cows from relieving themselves in the water.

BMPs go into a model that helps scientists calculate the Bay’s new “pollution diet.” The better we understand BMPs, in other words, the better we understand the pollution diet.

A National Academy of Sciences panel released their review in May. Apparently, estimates of progress toward nutrient reduction in the Chesapeake “cannot on the whole be viewed as accurate.”

What does it mean for the Bay and the people who live in its watershed that we don’t know how accurately we’re measuring the pollution-fighting practices? Today, Sheilah visits with EPA Special Assistant Julie Winters to find out.

Web extra: Julie Winters tells Sheilah about the conversion to two-year milestones in Chesapeake cleanup:

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