No, these regs won't do the job. The farmers will make millions with the new plan that works.
DO NOT pass the new regulations. Under the new plan the farmers will make millions of dollars and the bay will be cleaner.
There is no scientific justification for the new regulations. In addition, this program will damage economic development and do very little if anything to help the bay. It will also cost the state a fortune in the implementation of the regulations while taking vital funds from essential services.
Here is the simple math;
Area of the bay watershed
Area in cultivation
Area developed 16%
Lbs of Fertilizer each year on cultivated land
3000 lbs corn
750 lbs wheat
650 lbs beans
2,200 lbs average per year
2,200 X 20,000,000 = 44 Billion lbs
At a 25% runoff
11 Billion lbs of fertilizer in the bay each year from cultivation
Add livestock and sewage sludge and double that number.
22 billion lbs per year from Agriculture
Average of 500 gallons per acre per year
500X 20,000,000= 10 billion gallons per year
10% runoff = 1 billion gallons of herbicide each year into the bay.
A 1984 report on the effect of herbicides on eelgrass stated that 100 parts per billion killed 50% of eelgrass. The amount of herbicide running into the bay each year is enough to contaminate a column of water the size of the bay 65,000 feet high, each year. This issue has not been investigated. There is no weed in the bay.
At 16% impervious or .45
10,400,000 X .45 = 4.68 million lbs
22 billion lbs
(equivalent to paving the entire US 4 times over and draining it into the bay)
1 billion lbs of herbicides.
(enough to contaminate a column of water the size of the bay to the space station, yet no studies.)
4.68 million lbs
Full build out
29 million lbs
AG, 22 billion - Development 4.5 million
Agriculture puts over 4700 times the phosphorus in the bay than development. Lets put the money were it does the most good.
THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, HAVE THE FARMERS BUILD BMPS AND SELL THE CREDITS TO THE DEVELOPERS. THE FARMERS WILL MAKE MILLIONS AND THE BAY WILL BE CLEANER.