Without tighter management of growth in Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay will continue to lose its health and productivity. The Governor's Commission on Growth in the Chesapeake Bay Region targets the problem and recommends laws that could limit future damage to the bay. It is a blueprint for more efficient planning of development and the use of land.
Without it, restrictions such as the Critical Areas Law will fail to provide sufficient protection to revitalize the bay and its watershed. Poisonous fumes from millions of cars that criss-cross the Chesapeake region will grow. Natural habitats will be destroyed along with critical open spaces as more homes, businesses and shopping centers are built haphazardly.
A continuation of rampant, unfocused growth will lead to the decimation of creeks, flood plains and inland wetlands -- key elements in the Chesapeake's delicate ecological system that provide a network that sponges impurities from storm runoff before it reaches the bay and fouls its waters.