Action Needed: Chesapeake Bay Menhaden

The public comment period expires on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 5 pm on what the future of the Chesapeake’s Menhaden population will be going forward. Your Chesapeake Bay Striper anglers know how important the Menhaden population is in supporting a healthy population of Striped Bass in the Bay. Read the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s article, A Historic Opportunity for Fish and Fishermen, and then make sure your voice gets heard by sending an email to comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Amd. 3) — so it’s not just the voice of the factory trawlers hoovering up every Menhaden they can that is heard.

Additional background information and the full text of the Atlantic Menhaden Draft Amendment 3 is available from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

WSSC Agrees to Stop Polluting Potomac

On October 21, 2015, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) voted to enter into a binding legal agreement with Potomac Riverkeeper, the State of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay Foundation requiring WSSC to take immediate action to stop its illegal discharges of millions of pounds of aluminum, sediment, and other pollutants into the Potomac River from its Potomac, Maryland drinking water treatment plant. The agreement also requires WSSC to completely overhaul or rebuild the facility to modern standards, and invest $1 million in environmental projects in the Potomac to improve water quality.

Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Read the press release or the Washington Post article.