The Chesapeake Bay is one of America's greatest natural resources. It is the largest estuary in the United States. Unfortunately, chicken mega-farms threaten this fragile ecosystem. The run-off from these farms devastates the natural chemistry of the water. Nitrogen and phosphorus replace oxygen, choking off ecologically significant native species.
Maryland has made significant progress in reducing this waste in past years, but a great deal remains to be done. As development continues, we need to focus on containing the nitrogen waste that comes with it.