Chesapeake Bay Pollution

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In my area there has an escalated amount of pollution. The amount of pollution has affected the protected wildlife areas and parks. Polluted rivers are killing the wildlife, and animals are in danger because of the heavy amounts of pollution. A lot of people aren 't properly recycling their waste and that affects the environment, and the wildlife living in it, greatly. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been trying to raise awareness around pollution since 1967. Their goal is to find effective, science-based solutions to the pollution that is destroying the Chesapeake Bay. My argument is the same as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation 's argument because, I believe that the intense pollution happening in my area is destroying the history…show more content…
The bay isn 't just beautiful, but it is a piece of history. Many Civil War battles took place on the Chesapeake Bay and those historical places are now polluted. In May of 1861, The Potomac Flotilla took place on the Chesapeake Bay. Federal authorities made a "flying flotilla" to patrol the Chesapeake Bay. The "flying flotilla," also called the "Potomac Flotilla," was responsible for making sure supplies traveled safely through the Potomac River and into the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Bay was also home to many Indian tribes. One of the first inhabitants of the Chesapeake Bay were the Paleo-indians. They lived there before Captain John Smith explored the Bay in 1607. Scientist has estimated that there are at least 100,000 archeological sites on the Chesapeake Bay. Only a small amount have been documented so far but, the pollution doesn 't make that easy to discover more. The rich history in the Chesapeake Bay is now being ruined because of the growing pollution issue, which is why many people are fighting to stop…show more content…
Pollution can 't be stopped unless we all take action. How do we do that? There are already many groups working extraordinarily hard to make progress but it still isn 't enough. The only way we can make change is if we spread the word and help. Some ways we can help is stop littering, volunteer in clean up groups, and bring reusable grocery bags when shopping to reduce trash. Pharmaceuticals affect the Chesapeake Bay as well. Drugs such as, painkillers, antidepressants, and hormones, are showing up in samples taken from the Bay. This can affect the reproduction of fish and plants. We can stop this problem by, not flushing or throwing away unwanted medicine and disposing of unwanted medicine at the proper hazardous waste facilities. Protecting oysters also helps the Bay out tremendously. Oysters filter out the water and purify it. Throughout the Bay there have been oyster farms that are protected by the county to help filter the water. Keeping these vital creatures safe could be the key to saving the Bay. If we work together, slowly, Chesapeake Bay could return to a clean and
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