An Ecological PlanningApproach to the Development of Local Critical Area Plans

by Pieter de Jong, Harford County Dep of Planning &, Zoning, Bel Air, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: The findings of the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), a five year Environmental Protection Agency research effort, depict a complex estuarine ecosystem in decline. Forty separate research projects contributed to these findings and focused on three critical water quality problems: the degree and sources of nutrient enrichment; toxic substances; and the dramatic decline of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). The loss of natural resources and the decline in water quality of the Bay cannot be attributed to a single casual factor. This paper suggests a methodology for Maryland's tidewater counties to minimize adverse impacts on water quality from development along the Chesapeake Bay shoreline.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Ecosystems | Water pollution | Bays | Water resources | Aquatic habitats | Estuaries | Vegetation | Chesapeake Bay region | North America | Maryland | United States

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