Not impressed with watershed plan
Environmental groups across the state weighed in on Virginia’s draft Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay, released earlier this month by Gov. Bob McDonnell. They are not impressed, saying it fails to take an action approach to cleaning up pollution to the bay and its tributaries, and that specifics are lacking. In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, representatives of the Sierra Club, Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Piedmond Environmental Council, Friends of the Rivers of Virginia, and Friends of the Rappahannock, were unanimous in their verdict that the plan falls significantly short. John Tippett, executive director of Friends of the Rappahannock, said the failings are illustrated by the ’80s Wendy’s commercial asking “Where’s the Beef?,” as in where’s the detail and where’s the money coming from. The WIP allocates pollution loads for harmful substances, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, and ways to achieve them. Read more about this in my story Saturday.