The Chesapeake Bay Foundation released the 2010 State of the Bay Report. President William C. Baker had a good quote that can be applied to most anything in life: “Nothing could be more short-sighted than apathy, lax enforcement, or fear mongering. The time for action and stewardship is now.” The James River isn’t noted prominently in this report, but it is a huge factor in the health of our state and the Chesapeake Bay.
There is good news and bad. The Chesapeake Bay is showing encouraging signs of rebounding but is still in critical condition as a result of pollution. The numeric index of the Bay’s health jumped three points from 2008 to 2010, with eight of 13 indicators rising. The indicator for the health of the blue crab population spiked 15 points, as the Bay’s population increased significantly last year. Also, underwater grasses showed steady progress for the fourth year in a row. But the overall health index of the Bay is 31 out of 100, which means it is still a system dangerously out of balance.