I agree with much of what Sen. E. J. Pipkin wrote in his Baltimore Sun op-ed, "Is the Bay Foundation ignoring the threat behind the Conowingo Dam?" published on November 27.
For instance the Susquehanna River, draining approximately 50 percent of Pennsylvania, is an enormous source of pollution to the Chesapeake. This has been clearly established by the best scientific monitoring and modeling for decades. It is one more example of why the science behind the Chesapeake Bay restoration is the best in the world.
The impact of the Susquehanna River on the Chesapeake Bay is why the
Since then, nitrogen pollution entering the bay from the Susquehanna has been reduced by over 15 percent. But the Susquehanna flow still has a real impact on water quality in the bay. With our mutual agreement on this fact, perhaps Senator Pipkin would be willing to use your significant influence to arrange a meeting between the two of us and Pennsylvania's Gov.
Finally, we hope and trust that Senator Pipkin realizes that Maryland must continue to use good science to further address locally generated pollution from all sources to improve water quality for our citizens who want to enjoy the many rivers and streams which are currently impaired. All of us are part of the problem, and all of us must be part of the solution. Senator Pipkin, let's work together, not try to pick polarizing fights that only serve to slow bay restoration progress, rather than accelerate it.
William C. Baker, Annapolis